Here’s my quote of the day from Ancient Near East: Historical Sources in Translation edited by Chavalas.
Tiglath-pilesar’s characterization of utter annihilation of the towns must be understood in light of royal propaganda. The use of hyperbole was a significant feature in ancient Near Eastern conquest accounts. Therefore, extensive archaeological excavations are required in making concrete determinations regarding the extent of military destruction.
I’d say that’s pretty important to know when one reads the Hebrew Bible.