In his 36th year Asa was confronted by Baasha, king of Israel. He formed an alliance with Ben-Hadad I, king of Aram Damascus, and convinced him to break his peace treaty with Baasha and invade the Northern Kingdom. (2 Chronicles 16:2-6) It is also recorded of Asa that in his old age, when afflicted with a foot disease, he “sought not to the Lord, but to the physicians”. He died greatly honoured by his people, and was considered for the most part a righteous king. However, his reign was said to have been marred by his reliance on Ben-Hadad.
This date assumes a 910 BCE start date of his reign.
Ashur-nasir-pal II succeeded his father, Tukulti-Ninurta II, in 884 BCE. Renowned for his brutality, he conquered Mesopotamia and the territory of what is now Lebanon, adding them to the growing Assyrian empire, and built Nimrud. He also viciously ended a rebellion in the city of Suru in Bit-Halupe.