Shebitku was the second king of the Twenty-fifth Dynasty. He was the nephew and successor
of Shebaka. During Shebaka's reign, there was a policy of conciliation and cooperation with
the Assyrians. This kept the Assyrians from coming further into Egypt. Shebitku had a different
policy; resistance. A stela from Kawa tells of Shebitku asking his brothers, including Taharqa,
to come to him at Thebes from Nubia. The army went with Taharqa. On another stela that is
the story told that when Jerusalem was under attack by the Assyrians, that the king of Ethiopia
(Kush) came against Sennacherib (of Assyria). Shebitku joined in the resistance against
Sennacherib and an Egyptian army was sent to Palestine, led by Shebitku's brother, Taharqa.