EXODUS: Myth or History?
by Archaeologist & Egyptologist David Rohl
For most of the last 200 years the academic trend has been to reduce the value of the Old Testament from historically useful narrative to worthless fiction. The most published, most translated, most famous writings on the planet were no better than Harry Potter, and any scholar with temerity to suggest that they were even a potential source of real history was derided as a crank.
Then everything changed in 1995, when a gifted and compelling voice demanded a critical re-examination of the evidence. With his first book, A Test of Time, Egyptologist David Rohl burst upon the scene and, in the words of the Sunday Times, ‘set the academic world on its ear.’
A consummate communicator, Rohl writes and lectures brilliantly and is one of those rare breed of scholars who can talk to a lay public without condescension and with real passion. Reading David Rohl, watching his television programs, or listening to his lectures, one is impressed by a wide-ranging mind completely at home in a familiar landscape. His obvious mastery of the subject, the clarity with which he lays bare the disturbing inconsistencies he is challenging, his impressive marshaling of facts and the lucidity of his arguments mark him out as one of the important voices in archaeology today.
Rohl’s contribution to Tim Mahoney’s film, Patterns of Evidence, is sizable and significant. He contributed greatly to the success of this ground-breaking film.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
PART ONE: THE CREATION OF A MYTH
- WHEN HISTORY BECOMES MYTH
- THE BIBLICAL DATE FOR EXODUS
- A NEW CHRONOLOGY
PART TWO: THE ISRAELITES IN EGYPT
- JOSEPH AND THE FAMINE
- JOSEPH THE VIZIER
- MOSES- PRINCE OF EGYPT
PART THREE: EXODUS
- EXODUS-PLAGUES AND PUNISHMENT
- EXODUS- THE DEPARTURE
- WANDERINGS- JOURNEY TO HOREB
- WANDERINGS- JOURNEY TO KADESH
PART FOUR: CONQUEST
- CONQUEST- INVASION
- CONQUEST- IIB or not IIB
APPENDIX A- THE NEW CHRONOLOGY FRAMEWORK
APPENDIX B- REVISITING THE TURIN CANON
THE MIDIAN EXODUS THEORY