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  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Paradigma Ltd. (1 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906833133
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906833138
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.9 cm
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The volumes of the series Ages in Chaos deal not only with events in a far-away epoch of the past, but actually with the chaotic state of our present view of that time. Immanuel Velikovsky unveils in his well-known systematic and easy-to-follow presentation facts of an importance that cannot be underestimated. Starting from worldwide natural catastrophes in antiquity he succeeds in straightening up the historical events which have gotten into a complete disorder in our history books. In doing so he shows how chaotic our view of history - but also the way of thinking and working of those who have created this view - actually is.

All this makes the book a very interesting and exciting reading leaving the specialist of old history stunned with surprise or dismay, and presenting the layman with fascinating understandings. At the same time it shows the precision of the recordings of our ancestors, above all of the authors of the Old Testament, and gives us revealing insights in the way scientists work.

Therefore even those who normally are not really interested in old history get fundamentally new perspectives and inputs. For on the one hand it is straightforward to assume the chaotic state of affaires revealed in the established teaching and in the conventional methodology to be found in other scientific disciplines as well. On the other hand quite a few questions might come up about inconsistencies in other historical epochs, too. After all, our view of the world and our present-day society are built upon what we believe to know from history, and the learning from history, which is referred to so often, crucially depends upon the correctness of the information about the historical context and course of events.

Summing up, this book is far more than "just" a dry history book for the specialist. It can be the starting point for a critical and open enlightenment. For when you have seen clearly and precisely at the example presented here how justified - in fact necessary - the questioning of even well established doctrines is, you will more easily follow up "heretical" doubts in other areas as well.

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Ages in Chaos was conceived in the spring of 1940. It was then that I realized that the Exodus had occurred in the midst of a natural upheaval and that this catastrophe might prove to be the connecting link between the Israelite and Egyptian histories, if ancient Egyptian texts were found to contain references to a similar event. I found such references and before long had worked out a plan of reconstruction of ancient history from the Exodus to the conquest of the East by Alexander the Great. Already by October of the same year I had come to understand the nature and extent of that catastrophe. For a decade after that I worked simultaneously on Ages in Chaos and Worlds in Collision, the present work requiring the lion's share of the toil.

Ages in Chaos covers largely the period dealt with in Worlds in Collision - the eight hundred years from the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt to the invasion of Palestine by Sennacherib in 687 before the present era, and the additional three and a half centuries to Alexander of Macedonia, altogether twelve hundred years of the history of the ancient East. But whereas the first work concentrated on the description of the physical history of the period, the present work deals with its political and cultural aspects. The occurrence of a widespread natural catastrophe serves here only as the point of departure for constructing a revised chronology of the times and lands under consideration.

I searched the records of one land after another and went from one generation to another, taking from everywhere hints and clues, evidence and proof. Because I had to discover and to collate them, this book is written like a detective story. It is well known that in detective work unexpected associations are often built on minute details: a fingerprint on a bar of metal, a hair on a window sill, a burnt-out match in the bushes. Some details of an archaeological, chronological, or paleographic nature may seem minor matters, but they are the fingerprints of an investigation in which the history of many nations in many generations is vitally involved. Such details are not included to make the reading difficult; they are necessary to establish the main thesis of this work. Therefore, any attempt to read this book cursorily will prove to be a fruitless undertaking.

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Velikovsky's thesis in Ages In Chaos is that the history of Ancient Egypt is out of synchronisation with Biblical and Scriptural history by around 6 centuries. By comparing the history of Egypt from the Exodus of the Israelis in around 1495 BC which was accompanied by global cataclysm that changed the surface of the planet (see Worlds In Collision & Earth In Upheaval) to the time of Akhnaton with Biblical and Scriptural, and other, sources, Velikovsky is able to prove the truth in his assertions and thus answer many questions the answers to which have long been considered unsolvable riddles by historians.

Like Velikovsky's other works Ages in Chaos is hugely absorbing and makes such perfect sense, and is backed up by so much evidence, that it is impossible to ignore. It is easy to see now why Velikovsky was seen by the academic community as such a threat to the status quo - quite simply because the corrected version of history he presented is far more believable, more complete, and backed by more evidence than the accepted - obviously incorrect and certainly incomplete - version of history on which so many academics have built their reputations. I urge all who have not read his works to do so now - you will never look at history the same way again.
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Velikovsky's thesis in Ages In Chaos is that the history of Ancient Egypt is out of synchronisation with Biblical and Scriptural history by around 6 centuries. By comparing the history of Egypt from the Exodus of the Israelis in around 1495 BC which was accompanied by global cataclysm that changed the surface of the planet (see Worlds In Collision & Earth In Upheaval) to the time of Akhnaton with Biblical and Scriptural, and other, sources, Velikovsky is able to prove the truth in his assertions and thus answer many questions the answers to which have long been considered unsolvable riddles by historians.

Like Velikovsky's other works Ages in Chaos is hugely absorbing and makes such perfect sense, and is backed up by so much evidence, that it is impossible to ignore. It is easy to see now why Velikovsky was seen by the academic community as such a threat to the status quo - quite simply because the corrected version of history he presented is far more believable, more complete, and backed by more evidence than the accepted - obviously incorrect and certainly incomplete - version of history on which so many academics have built their reputations. I urge all who have not read his works to do so now - you will never look at history the same way again.
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Current stories (Nov. 2013) in the press / TV re King Tut demonstrate that those who should know better are STILL getting the dates of the Pharaohs wrong. This book helps put you right.
It can be a difficult read, though, as Velikovsky is very thorough in his explanation. Worth sticking with.
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