Saturday, January 24, 2004

David Rohl's New Chronology

Just got back from a series of lectures by Dr. David Rohl. He has published books and articles that revolutionize the chronology of the Old Testament. Traditionally scholars have dated Egyptian pharaohs based on Biblical dates. His thesis uses archaeological evidence from Egypt to date the pharoahs within Egypt - then matches this information up with Biblical dates and events.

So Ramses II is not the contemporary of Moses. Shoshenk I is not the pharaoh who sacked the temple in Jerusalem. Good stuff. Controversial in archaeology circles. New evidence can be threatening.


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