- Paperback: 592 pages
- Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (7 Oct. 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 009979991X
- ISBN-13: 978-0099799917
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 3.8 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
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Legend: The Genesis of Civilisation Paperback – 7 Oct 1999
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The author continues his quest to reach the historical kernal lying at the heart of some of the greatest unsolved problems and mysteries of Old World history and archaeology. This work aims to reveal the historical truth which lies at the heart of the Book of Genesis.
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For centuries scholars and explorers have searched for Eden and its fabled Garden. Now, at last, the true location of the cradle of civilization can be revealed. David Rohl peels back the layers of myth to expose the extraordinary truth which lies at the heart of the book of Genesis.
Legend overflows with amazing discoveries and brilliant archaeological detective work. Years of research have brought David Rohl within reach of solutions to many of the great mysteries surrounding our origins.
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It is an excellent example of superbly researched material, put together in one book. It's simply an amazing piece of deductive/investigative work (at least for me), that at the end will give you the most probable location of the Garden of Eden (I'm truly impressed here by the amount of exceptional work that the author has put into this book).
There are 14 main chapters in the book discussing practically everything that you need to know about the main subject of the book: In search of Eden, The Land of Aratta, The Great Migration, The Deluge, Dating the Flood, The Antediluvians (including Adam: man of clay and Eve: Mother of all living - a truly great chapter there as the author is trying to identify "Eve"), Beyond he Golden Age, Paradise regained, Ships of the desert, The Dynastic race, The Founders, Stairway to Heaven, The Isle of Flame and Genesis.
From the short statement of King Ashurbanipal (that he was taking pleasure in reading of the stone inscriptions from before the Flood), history of Sumer (the place where the descendants of Adam settled in the period immediately after the flood), history of Egypt, book of Genesis, Garden itself, site of Takht-e Suleiman, Mount Sahand, Kurdish tribe Yezidis, Judi Dagh mountain, tombs of Bahrain (Tylos of the Greeks and Dilmun of Mesopotamians), Hans Winkler's trail, town of Nakada/Naqada and many other amazing places - he is slowly, building crucial points of his superbly researched theory.
Along the way he is also asking interesting questions regarding Sumer (chapter 3, excellent information regarding Sumer there): What were the political and historical links between the mountains (Zargos) and the Mesopotamian plains? In which direction did the cultural development flow? Did Sumer seed the mountains or did the mountain people seed what is recognised as the first great civilization on earth? Which was the older civilization: Uruk or Aratta?
In conclusion, this a magnificent piece of work where Rohl shows how much the Old Testament owes to Sumerian history (and there is no question that it owes quite a lot), and on the other hand it is good to know that there is some "proof" that at least some parts of the Bible (even if they are based on Sumerian myths) are in fact reflecting actual historical events. From my point of view it is also very useful/helpful for the reader, when the author is making his "conclusion points" stands out in the book by marking them in bold letters - it makes easier to notice and memorise them as the story progresses.
You also have a great Appendix section, excellent Bibliography, a lot of various drawings, photos and of course Notes and References for each chapter of the book. If you are interested in ancient myths, the Bible, Sumer (especially the Sumer as the book is simply full of facts about it) or even beginnings of our civilization, you simply have to read this book. It will simply knock your sock off, and it will do it so silently, with such as finesse - that you will be positively surprised. Read it. I'm sure you won't regret it and you will be impressed by it. I know I was.
David gives praise to Reginald Arthur Walker, (1917-1989), who was the source of the concept and skeleton that David has built on. The general outline of Mr. Rohl's ideas are the location of Eden is identified, described and explored. Dates are put to prehistoric events such as the great flood. Key figures from Genesis such as Noah are identified from other sources and a strong case put forward that these ancient heroes have a common source. Due respect is also given to the German Werner Papke who links Sumerian Gods with constellations' and proposes Nimrod and Cush of Genesis are also in Sumerian legend.
I imagine several readers would be critical of David's speculation of events that may have occurred in or around 4000 B.C. The writer gives his argument and provides the reader with evidence, referenced for you to check out. The interpretation of the `facts' is key to everything, especially the time-line of events. The conclusion is history needs a rewrite based on his revised chronology.
The descendents of figures from Genesis, such Noah, Nimrod and Gilgalmesh are tracked from Eden to Egypt where they enter as `boat people'. About half the book leads you up to the beginnings of the Egyptian civilization. The remaining half traces Egyptian architecture, symbols and key figures back to the speculated Eden beginnings.
David produced a scholarly work and this should be considered at the point of `purchase'. Readers' fresh to David's style and format may find it academic. My opinion is David's work would benefit from a series of documentary programmes aired on terrestrial TV exploring his works and challenging his ideas, arguments and evidence presented. The complex nature of the subject could be presented in documentary format in manageable chunks. I would recommend this work to Bible scholars and those with an interest in Egyptology. For those David Rohl readers who would like to explore further try `From Eden to Exile: The epic history of the people of the bible'.
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