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From Eden To Exile: The Epic History of the People of the Bible [Paperback]

David Rohl
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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2 Oct 2003
As the leading figure in New Archaeology, David Rohl has been at the forefront of the movement to discover the archaeological evidence for events described in the Old Testament which we have come to think of as myths. His previous books, Test of Time and Legend presented the arguments and counter-arguments. In From Eden to Exile this discursive approach is replaced by historical storytelling, which follows the sequence of events from the rise of Neolithic civilisation in a region now part of Iran which inspired the story of the Garden of Eden, through Noah, Abraham and the sojourn in Egypt, to the fall of Jericho, the dual kingdoms of the Promised Land and lastly, the exile in Babylon, where the stories of the Old Testament were collated into something very like their present form. A fascinating history book that will appeal to anyone with an interest in ancient history, religion and archaeology.

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (2 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099415666
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099415664
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 3.3 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"David Rohl's real achievement is the way in which he pieces the evidence together in a coherent, properly magnificent story, the first of all stories, for the first time" (Sunday Times)

"When it comes to exploring, David Rohl makes Indiana Jones look like an under-achiever ... Rohl is Britain's highest profile Egyptologist" (Daily Express)

"David Rohl ... stood the accepted chronology of ancient Egypt on its head by claiming that shortening the pharaonic time line by up to three hundred years results in perfect matches between Egyptian history and biblical narratives ... He argued his case in a controversial best seller A Test of Time and the subsequent TV series 'Pharaohs and Kings' which made him Britain's highest-profile archaeologist and the centre of much scholarly feuding" (Jerusalem Report)

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A fascinating book that blends religion and science, archaeology and ancient history, to explain the truth of the Bible. Britain's leading Egyptologist and experienced archaeologist, David Rohl, uses new archaeological evidence to retell the classic stories of the Old Testament.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A question of timing... 10 Jan 2006
By Mr. M. A. Bowles VINE VOICE
I met David Rohl at a presentation he was giving on a theme of linking the Bible to archeological finds and other supporting evidence. I was impressed by the quality and quantity of material David put forward and so I decided to take the plunge and read ‘From Eden to Exile’. The author puts forward the case for a lot of evidence to support the Bible; the skill is where to look and getting the chronology correct. The new proposed chronology starts in the Neolithic age (c.5375 BC) with Adam, a great flood at Ur around 3113 BC, and Babel tower-temple at Eridu (c.2800 BC). For those seeking the link with the Egyptians, Abraham meets Pharaoh Nebkaure Khety IV in 10th Dynasty and Joseph becomes vizier in 1666 BC in the court of Pharaoh Amenemhat III of the 12th Dynasty. Moses appears in the 13th Dynasty (c.1530 BC) adopted by queen of Pharaoh Khaneferre Sobekhotep IV and challenges Pharaoh Dudimose later in his life. Exodus, including a possible route taken is discussed in great detail. Saul, David and Solomon are tied into the reign of Akhenaten and the Amarna period (c. 1020-1000 BC) and later Pharaoh Horemheb. The few characters I have highlighted are covered in depth as are most of the other Biblical personalities. The writer puts forward a case for each person; who his contempories were, revised time period and supporting archeology. The book is awash with maps, satellite photographs, illustrations and black and white images of key supporting pieces of evidence. Please bear in mind the Bible has a lot of information to take in and this new chronology is packed with a similar amount. This book will have you thinking, analyzing, summarizing and concluding late into the wee small hours. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting but a bit repetitive 2 July 2013
By Mo
The book is interesting in that it tells the story of the bonze age tribes around the middle east. I do not doubt anything that David Rohl speaks about but he seems to be obsessed with the "time shift" that he has discovered. I have his other books "Legend" and "a Test of Time" but I don't seem to be able to get into them mainly because I do not understand the significance of a time shift of 400 years so long ago and how this can be ascertained from layers of earth. I think that "From Eden to Exile" is the better of the three books in that it is the most readable for my level of understanding. I have rated it 5 star as it is not his fault that I am not too bright, I would just say do not expect an entertaining novel as it is a bit hard going in places.
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5.0 out of 5 stars revealing! 28 May 2013
By Mike
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David Rohl leads us through history and suggests that we have been using the wrong dates for historical events. With a slight adjustment, everything falls into place.
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Written by a scholar who is an Egyptologist rather than a Biblical scholar, this book takes the unusual stance of examining Biblical history and timelines from the evidence of Egyptian and Assyrian archaeology and history. Using data from historical sources outside the Bible, Professor Rohl demonstrates a compelling case for a coherent historical timeline, which dismisses much of the negative speculation of Biblical minimalists. A wealth of fascinating non-Biblical historical artefacts provide supporting evidence for a coherent time structure, which brings Biblical history right into focus in the context of known ancient Near East scholarship.

Insightful and readable, it should be accessed by every biblical student or interested reader. The style is very readable, not overly heavy or academic, though the background knowledge and information is from a leading scholar in his field. A good book to buy to give away.
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