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A Test Of Time: Volume One-The Bible-From Myth to History [Paperback]

David Rohl
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5 April 2001
By employing the same basic methodologies used to establish the currently accepted chronology, it has been possible for a group of young archaeologists, including David Rohl, to create a New Chronology which resolves many of the problems permeating ancient world studies. In particular, one model has been developed which has major implications for Old Testament research. Through the revision of the master chronology of ancient Egypt they have unlocked the key to biblical history - the epic events of the Bible really did happen as recorded in the Books of Genesis, Exodus, Judges, Samuel, Kings and Chronicles - the problem was that we had previously been looking for them in completely the wrong place in time.Many of the conundrums of the past are explained, and legendary figures such as Joseph, Moses, David and Solomon find their true political setting. Exodus and Conquest will be restored to history and the magic of legend will begin to make its great comeback

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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (5 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099416565
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099416562
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 326,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The New Book of Revelations... A scholarly theory that has set the academic world on its ear" (Sunday Times)

"The Bible, it seems, is back in business" (Daily Mail)

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

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The Bible from myth to mystery

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking 29 May 2001
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For anyone with an interest in Ancient Egypt or Isreal, this book is a must read. Rohl starts by discussing hard archeological evidence that supports his theory that we have been wrongly dating the Egyption civilization by about 300 years. He then shows how using his new dates the stories in the Old Testament Bible make much more sense. The one failing in the book, is that it does not contain counter arguments from other experts who support the conventional dating system.
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A well written and presented book on the subject of Egyptian/Asiatic history and the Old Testament. Hard going at times, it probably needs several readings to be fully appreciated and understood - this is not a fault on the part of the author, but rather just in the complex nature of the subject matter. It provides a good grounding in the subject, akin to a basic foundation course, so if you're interested in Egyptian history (in particular) this provides an excellent lay-man's insight. The book is obviously concerned with attaching definitive historical value to the Old Testament narratives and in doing so sets out to overturn much of the orthodox dating and chronology, which soon becomes apparent to the reader as being riddled with dubious methods of reasoning. Rohl's alternative rationale is very credible and, if nothing else, certainly deserves serious consideration by the historical/archeological community. Rohl takes the reader on a compelling journey through the "history" behind some of the best known Old Testament stories. Ultimately, though, a degree of blindfaith is required by the reader, if Rohl is to be believed, as one is reliant on accepting that he is at all times accurate and honest - not that I would suggest that he isn't, merely that unless one is an expert in this field, how can you know? For me, the greatest revelation is the discovery that the dating/chronology of ancient history in the Egyptian/Asiatic regions is largely a matter of informed opinion and knowledgeable guess-timation; little can be said to be definitive - but also that this is simply in the nature of the discipline and should not detract from its fascination.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Accomodating the philistines 15 May 2012
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"A Test of Time" (known as "Pharaohs and Kings" in the U.S.) is a controversial book by David Rohl, a pop musician who decided to pursue a scholarly career in Egyptology. Rohl's big idea was to prove that the Bible (or rather the "Old Testament") is based on true historical events. Mainstream archaeologists and historians were apparently not amused, but Rohl quickly built up a cult following outside academe. He has written two other books on ancient history, as well: "Legend" and "Lords of Avaris". They are arguably even more contentious than "A Test of Time". (I'm infuriated at "Legend" myself, but haven't read the third book yet.) Rohl's speculations are known as the New Chronology, and are still hotly debated on various sites on the net and, I imagine, elsewhere. However, it seems that Rohl's research organization ISIS have folded. Incidentally, Rohl refers to "A Test of Time" as "A Test of Time. Volume One". No false modesty there!

I came across Rohl's book during the latter half of the 1990's. The context was quite humorous. Sweden is the most secularized nation in the world, but despite this, Swedish public schools taught the Biblical stories as if they were real historical events. I grew up thinking that Abraham, Moses, David and Solomon were real historical characters. Of course, in the secularized version the Israelites took a shortcut through the Sinai after first having crossed the "Reed" Sea (not the Red Sea). How they accomplished this feat was never explained, but a book in the school library suggested that the waters in the "Reed" Sea had temporarily subsided as a result of the Thera eruption. In other words, we learned the Bible sans miracle.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece. 3 July 2009
This is one of the best books i've ever read. It shows up all the prejudice against Biblical records and puts the Old Testament back where it belongs, as a true and infallible record of history. Well done David.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking 24 Feb 2013
By Robi
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I must say that I found Rohl's arguments for the errors in chronology persuasive and compelling but felt that he let himself down and jeopardised a wider acceptance of his theses by attempting to force through his "discovery" of Joseph's tomb. It and Legend are works which I enjoy returning to.
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