- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Publisher: Century; 1st Edition edition (8 Oct. 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 071267747X
- ISBN-13: 978-0712677479
- Package Dimensions: 24.9 x 19.6 x 3.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 346,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Legend: The Genesis of Civilisation Hardcover – 8 Oct 1998
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Egyptologist and archaeologist David Rohl sets out to discover the historical truth which lies at the very heart of the Book of Genesis, but what Legend: The Genesis of Civilisation ends up being is a new Rohl-legend about the beginning of ancient Near Eastern civilisation--with many gaps.
The book is divided into three parts. Firstly, Rohl proposes that Eden and its garden was between Lakes Van and Urmin and the Caspian Sea, with Nod on its east. Then he claims the ancestors of the Sumerians migrated in the 6th millennium BC from this "Eden" to Mesopotamia, establishing Sumerian culture there, and identical with biblical Shem. The Mesopotamian and biblical Flood, he sets in the late 4th millennium BC. In part three, Rohl brings Sumerian traders to East Africa (Punt & Sudan--"Kush"), and Egypt, becoming founders of Pharaonic Egypt, using cultural links c.3000BC.
Rohl needlessly burdens the book with the "new chronology" from his Test of Time of 1995, which is known to be 100 per cent wrong (along with the biblical "identifications") from a mass of contrary factual evidence. Rohl's story is also weakened by unsustainable guesswork on supposed language-links, artificial identifications of early biblical and Mesopotamian characters, etc. It's a lively "read", but much of it is likely to prove fictional, not historical. --Kenneth Kitchen
A sequel to "A Test of Time", this text continues the author's pursuit for historical truth, and reveals what really happened in seven famous myths and legends, showing us that the passage of time has not wiped away all the evidence of the reality behind the legends.
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There is debate raging over just who "Adam" was. He just may be the founding father of civilization! Perhaps God knew what he was doing?
especially for atheists/agnostics and general Bible sceptics.
The book was second-hand but in excellent condition. Delivery was also very quick,
arriving on the third day after the order was placed.
with his talks, videos and other books to correct the original thinking of time in the past, particularly in relation to the
Bible. His discoveries and investigations have borne fruit to prove parts of the Bible to be true, but not happening at
the time they were said to happen in the Bible, by linking up contemporary civilisations, including the Egyptian.
Worth every penny.
As books like this go, he keeps his claims reasonable - no Ancients of Mu-Mu. From my very slight knowledge of linguistics, some of his identifications are very well-founded; others may be a bit far-fetched. And his narrative - although he's certainly no story-teller - is not so very far from orthodox attitudes. After all the Bible itself says that Abraham came from a Sumerian city, and Egyptian folklore indicates that they learned farming from an outside culture - probably either the Sumerians or their ancestors from the Caucasus.
Is the Bible 'back in business' as the Daily Mail claimed? Depends what is meant by that. For those who think the Bible is merely the folklore of an obscure desert tribe, to find that its origins are shared with the very first civilisation might seem important. Some may be reassured to hear that Genesis has a basis in history; others may think it irrelevant to their religious beliefs; yet others, that if you can show it to be history there is the less need for God. I suspect that the latter is Rohl's own standpoint, though if so he keeps quiet about it. Certainly, in spite of his frequent outbursts about hidebound orthodox academics, he is curiously unimaginative; he doesn't seem to understand the distinction between legend (as something that is based on an actual event) and myth (which may have a basis in events, but whose real purpose is the symbolic depiction of a higher - or deeper - reality). In other words, he thinks all stories must have really happened in more or less the way they say, which is a rookie error.
Personally I do find his identification of the Garden of Eden convincing - though, as he admits, he got the idea from an unknown amateur scholar. For the rest, the most you could say is that it *could* have happened this way - but could also have happened in various other ways. And no matter what archaeology discovers, or how ingenious we are, that is all we are ever likely to be able to say.
Dr. Shaun M. Heale
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