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Re: Rohl's details not given in: 'Exodus: pattern of evidence'
Mon May 14, 2018 12:37
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Hi Toby,

Re: Rohl,

Let's start at the end, point #6. Hazor. First there is a possibility that Yabin in a dynastic name or repeated family name. Note from the book of Judges that Yabin appears later than the conquest of Joshua. A new city of Hazor was built on top of the MBII city that was destroyed and that one also may have been governed by a Yabin.

The standing stone: unless there is historial writing on it, it could be anything.

Jericho; Kenyon's date is ca. 1550 BC. To early for Ramesses. Middle Bronze II. The problem here is not Kenyon's dates or conventional Egyptian chronology. It is the supposed biblical chronology that created the problem of a mismatch. The Exodus happened in the Second Intermediate Period, prior to the New Kingdom. Pi-Rameses in Exodus is simply an anachronism, like the use of "Pharaoh" in the book of Genesis. As far I I know Rhol used to acknowledge this. He associated Ramesses II with Shishak, a conclusion I don't accept, but nevertheless he places the Exodus much earlier on the Egyptian timeline.

Shoshenq. This Pharaoh is not the cornerstone. Rather Sothic and Lunar dates of the Middle Kingdom and New Kingdom are, as well as Radiocarbon dating, which is pretty close back to the 18th century BC with the Kanesh dendro dating. This all argues for a high Egyptian chronology, viz. Rameses II at 1304 BC.

Amenemhet III: I agree with Rohl on synchronizing this ruler with Joseph and that the Bahyr Yusef is connected to Joseph seems probable.


Sobekhotep IV. Contemporary with Moses. Yes, but not during his childhood in my current construction. I have him synchronized with Khyan and per Josephus identify Khyan as Iannes. This would put the Hyksos king and Sob IV into Moses adult years.

I really doubt that Dudimos was the Exodus Pharaoh and rather think it was a 15th dynasty king at Avaris. The 13th dynasty was not in control of the eastern Delta (Goshen). It appears rather that the 15th dynasty was either not in contact with middle Egypt and Memphis or that the latter were all vassals to the 15th dynasty.

Merneptah. Israel occupied the Canannite highlands. Is it possible that Mereptah simply attached Israel's Canaanite vassals during the time of the Judges. I say yes. The empty boast of the Egyptian king is simply propaganda.

  • Greetings,, Kudos to the agnostic David Rohl for recognizing the Bible as an accurate history book. Sort of recently he has made youtube lecture videos with and been interviewed by the fim maker Tim... more
    • Re: Rohl's details not given in: 'Exodus: pattern of evidence' — Anonymous, Mon May 14 12:37
      • Hello Anonymous, The J(Y)abin inscription was found at a level and age corresponding to that matching the time of the conquest. You: "Jericho; Kenyon's date is ca. 1550 BC. To early for Ramesses. "... more
        • Hi Toby, I do not think the provenance of the Yabin inscription has been proven to be a MB II destruction layer. That leaves it open to be another Yabin. I have seen enough of Rhol's hasty... more
          • Does Sotthic Dating disprove Rohl?Toby Andersonz, Thu May 17 22:24
            Sothic Dates for Egyptian Pharaoh's --- initial findings 5/17/18: I've found 2 Pharoah's which have been dated using Sothic dating. I've looked at 3 'modern' sources. Results: 1. Senwosret III (1878... more
            • Re: Does Sotthic Dating disprove Rohl?Joe Baker, Fri May 18 23:48
              Hi Toby Could you please stop posting the same message to multiple groups/forums. For example you have posted this “Sothic Dates for Egyptian Pharaoh's” to at least also the NewChronology and the... more
              • Re: Does Sotthic Dating disprove Rohl?Toby Anderson, Sat May 19 09:12
                Hi Joe, Sure. I don't understand why you want me to stop posting on multiple groups and don't understand why you don't want me to post on Rohl. I've always liked the exchange of ideas.... I'm so... more
                • Re: Does Sotthic Dating disprove Rohl?Joe Baker, Sun May 20 21:19
                  Hi Toby When I started posting to lists some 20 years ago it was common etiquette not to crosspost. As for Rohl. I came across his book “A Test of Time” (paperback edition) back in the mid 1990’s at... more
                  • Re: Does Sotthic Dating disprove Rohl?Toby Anderson, Mon May 21 23:35
                    Greetings Joe, Fascinating background you have. Are the Cambridge Ancient History 'booklets' your favorite read? Thanks for footing the bill to this discussion group. Thoughtful. You might consider... more
            • re: Sothic DatingMarianne Luban, Fri May 18 10:47
              Toby wrote: "I've found 2 Pharoah's which have been dated using Sothic dating. I've looked at 3 'modern' sources. Results: 1. Senwosret III (1878 BC to 1839BC) - 12th Dynasty 2. Amenemhet III (1860... more
          • Sothic DatingMarianne Luban, Tue May 15 09:27
            Anonymous wrote: "Sothic dates. Senuseret II or III. Most go with III ca. 1866 BC. The other date is Amenhotep I, ca. 1550 BC. Radiocarbon dates, I think done after Rohl proposed his theories simply... more
          • Hello Anonymous, Thanks for the leads on the Sothic dates. I'll check into them. Do you have any such leads for the years under discussion? (900bc to 1500bc) Best, Toby
    • Rohl and the ExodusJaime O, Wed May 9 13:10
      Hello Toby I have yet to see Rohl’s videos. I am, however, aware of some of his proposals. I’ll be commenting your summary instead since you seem to want to present a case for the Exodus and for a... more
      • re: Rohl and the ExodusMarianne Luban, Thu May 10 09:12
        Jaime wrote: "The pet name is Sesi, or Sisa, which Rohl believes came to be written and read by the 7th Century BCE, in Hebrew, as Sysq. He is not alone, however, as James et. al use this precise... more
        • Re: Rohl and the ExodusJaime O, Sat May 12 07:37
          Hello Marianne, Toby Thank you both for your comments. Marianne wrote: “This [Ramses = Sesi = Sysq] as a "cornerstone" for a theory makes no sense whatsoever. Neither in the Hebrew or Egyptian... more
          • Re: Rohl and the ExodusAnonymous, Tue May 15 00:41
            //You’ll find many critics of Rohl and James who agree with you. I disagree with the proposal on grounds other than linguistic. Anyway, if you wish to read more on the matter to fully understand the... more
          • "Israel is laid Waste"Toby Anderson, Mon May 14 01:24
            Hello Jaime, Good discussion. You wrote: "Toby: I appreciate your comments on the Israel stele. However, it doesn’t answer my question to you: what could ‘laid in waste’, or ‘devastated’, mean in... more
            • Re: "Israel is laid Waste"Jaime O, Mon May 21 14:19
              Hello Toby, Before anything else: forgive me for the delay aaaaaand… I messed up!! Rohl’s dates for Merneptah are a bit higher, about 875. See the Wikipedia article I sent Marianne. I was working on... more
              • Re: "Israel is laid Waste"Peter James, Thu May 24 04:39
                Jaime, many thanks for distinguishing the work of myself and colleagues (Centuries of Darkness) from that of a.n.other. The latter's so-called "New Chronology" is utterly impossible: Egyptian NK... more
                • Re: "Israel is laid Waste"Jaime O, Sat May 26 12:03
                  Hello James thank you for the reply. It's always nice to read something from you, even though we stand on opposite sides of the chronological debate. On the city of Salem - yes, it does seem like it... more
                • Re: "Israel is laid Waste"Herbert Storck, Fri May 25 07:19
                  Good to see you still active. I have read a couple of your more recent peer-reviewed papers and have been impressed at how your ideas and research have matured over the years. I no longer believe... more
                • Re: "Israel is laid Waste"Jon Smyth, Thu May 24 18:37
                  "On the name Shishak, its possible relation to a shortened version of Ramesses (III and not II!!) and other matters discussed here recently, see the papers both pro and contra in the published... more
              • Re: "Israel is laid Waste"Toby Anderson, Mon May 21 23:09
                Hello Jaime, You have no need to apologize for any delay. The collegiate has the busiest schedule in life. Thanks for the fine discussion. I regret to say that I must bow out of this discussion at... more
                • Re: "Israel is laid Waste"Jaime O, Sat May 26 11:53
                  Hi Toby At least we got to tackle some points. Maybe we will continue this discussion somewhere else, some other time. I can already tell the Israel stele and the Karnak relifs will intrigue you,... more
            • "Israel is laid Waste"Jon Smyth, Mon May 14 18:41
              "The Merneptah stele, aka 'Israel' stele, written by Merneptah, claims Egypt laid Israel waste. But does Merneptahclaim that he did it? ....or does this stele recount instead, all the victories of... more
              • re: "Israel is laid Waste"Marianne Luban, Tue May 15 10:26
                Jon wrote: "The Merneptah stele, aka 'Israel' stele, written by Merneptah, claims Egypt laid Israel waste. But does Merneptahclaim that he did it? ....or does this stele recount instead, all the... more
                • re: "Israel is laid Waste"Marianne Luban, Tue May 15 11:13
                  Faulkner's dictionary is a good place to find where Egyptian words are attested. "fk" is given by Faulkner as "be empty" and the source he gives there is the Leiden Papyrus, "The Admonitions of a... more
                  • re: "Israel is laid Waste"Marianne Luban, Tue May 15 11:40
                    The Kamose text uses "fkw" in this context, which has been translated as "No man can settle down, when despoiled by the taxes of the Asiatics". [bAkw stiw].
              • "Israel is laid Waste"Toby Anderson, Mon May 14 18:54
                Hello Jon, Me: "The Merneptah stele, aka 'Israel' stele, written by Merneptah, claims Egypt laid Israel waste. But does Merneptahclaim that he did it? ....or does this stele recount instead, all the... more
                • "Israel is laid Waste"Jon Smyth, Sun May 20 20:07
                  Toby, you wrote: "Ramesses, Merneptah's ancestor was likely the Pharoah that laid Israel waste. He has a relief on the Mortuary Temple at Karnak showing that. It has Egyptian and Israelie Chariots in ... more
                  • "Israel is laid Waste"Toby Anderson, Mon May 21 23:06
                    Hello Jon Smyth, Thanks for the tips on Yurco etc. I regret to say that I must bow out of this discussion at the request of the list owner who would like this discussion relegated to the New... more
                • "Israel is laid Waste"Marianne Luban, Tue May 15 10:40
                  Toby wrote: "BTW, I KNOW that according to Conventional Egyptian Chronology, the chariot battle with ISrael couldn't have occured. The only way this relief makes sense is if Rameses lived 250 years... more
          • Re: Rohl and the ExodusMarianne Luban, Sat May 12 11:00
            Jaime wrote: Marianne wrote: “This [Ramses = Sesi = Sysq] as a "cornerstone" for a theory makes no sense whatsoever. Neither in the Hebrew or Egyptian languages have I ever heard of a custom of... more
          • shishaW becomes shishaQToby Anderson, Sat May 12 09:55
            Hello Jaime, Marianne, I made a short video showing how the 'W' in shishaw (Ramesses birth name) became a Q in ShishaQ. I think it shows it better than the pic in the wiki website you gave Jaime. The ... more
            • Paleo-HebrewMarianne Luban, Sat May 12 11:20
              Toby: "I made a short video showing how the 'W' in shishaw (Ramesses birth name) became a Q in ShishaQ. I think it shows it better than the pic in the wiki website you gave Jaime. The glyphs for the... more
              • Paleo-HebrewToby Anderson, Sat May 12 13:11
                Marianne, You: 'OMG--you obviously don't know anything about this.' and in the earlier posting: 'As long as there are people like you around, he'll keep writing them.' Since you are acting hostile, I ... more
                • re: Paleo-HebrewMarianne Luban, Sat May 12 14:16
                  Toby: You: 'OMG--you obviously don't know anything about this.' and in the earlier posting: 'As long as there are people like you around, he'll keep writing them.' I meant people that, due to lack of ... more
        • re: Rohl and the ExodusMarianne Luban, Thu May 10 12:12
          And here is another thing. You can't shift the time line of ancient Egypt in a radical fashion without running into problems presented by primary sources. For example, Thutmose III always left on his ... more
          • Unshifting Sands of Egyptian ChronologyToby Anderson, Thu May 10 19:49
            Hello Marianne, You wrote: "And here is another thing. You can't shift the time line of ancient Egypt in a radical fashion without running into problems..." I ---think--- you are under the wrong... more
            • Taking LicenseMarianne Luban, Thu May 10 20:55
              Toby wrote: " I ---think--- you are under the wrong impression. Rohl was not suggesting shifting the Egyptian Timeline. Rohl was suggesting shifting the Hebrew Timeline." Who asked him to? Is that... more
              • re: Taking LicenseToby Anderson, Fri May 11 08:24
                Hi Marianne, You: "Who asked him (Rohl) to? Is that the business of someone involved with Egyptology? I hardly think so." ...asked....business Are you suggesting that research should only be done is... more
                • re: Taking LicenseMarianne Luban, Fri May 11 10:22
                  Toby wrote: "Are you suggesting that research should only be done is someone is asked or paid? I hope you're not implying that... for there are much better motivations such as the desire to find out... more
                  • gods of EgyptAnonymous, Tue May 15 06:50
                    Re Rohl: Which god of Egypt is responsible for confusion? Good points Marianne. Your comment about dynasty XX and the king of Biblos when into my notes on the accession of Saul, one year after... more
                  • re: Taking LicenseToby Anderson, Fri May 11 14:00
                    Since you are questioning Rohl's licensing, here it is: "In 1985 Rohl became the first Director of the Institute for the Study of Interdisciplinary Sciences (ISIS), and editor of its Journal of the... more
                    • re: Taking LicenseJon Smyth, Fri May 11 17:02
                      Toby. You forgot to mention Rohl was a rock musician in the early 1970's. Ok, all joking aside, are you seriously interested in archaeology? I take it you follow Rohl's theories, but what about... more
                  • re: Taking LicenseMarianne Luban, Fri May 11 10:25
                    This expresses it perfectly. http://www.biblearchaeology.org/post/2007/05/David-Rohls-Revised-Egyptian-Chronology-A-View-From-Palestine.aspx#Article
          • re: Rohl and the ExodusMarianne Luban, Thu May 10 14:17
            And--oh--when it comes to Dynasty 19, everything is accurate because a new Sothic Cycle begins. Things will be even more accurate than they were in the previous Dynasty. Sothis will really rise in I... more
      • Re: Rohl and the ExodusToby Anderson, Wed May 9 23:12
        Hello Jaime Well, here's a partial reply.... more to come later... Jaime wrote: On the Israel Stele: I’m sure you’ll find some scholarly opinion that argues that ‘Israel’ here stands for a group of... more
        • Re: Rohl and the ExodusJon Smyth, Thu May 10 18:16
          "If Merneptah’s campaign as described in this inscription is mapped out, the most likely location for the ‘Israel’ referred to here is in the central hill country." That all depends on where Yenoam... more
    • re: RohlMarianne Luban, Tue May 8 11:54
      Toby wrote: "Below is my summary" Just briefly: "1. that the Egyptian Chronological timeline moves down. Ramesses II (circa. 1304-1236??? or 1279–1213???) of the 19th dynasty, instead of being the... more
      • A searchable site this is Anonymous, Tue May 8 15:11
        Marianne wrote in her reply to Toby: "This [the identity of the pharaoh of the exodus] has been discussed many times here. This is a searchable site." Anonymous II here: Yes, this is a searchable... more
        • Re: A searchable site this isMarianne Luban, Wed May 9 09:37
          Anonymous wrote: 'Marianne wrote in her reply to Toby: "This [the identity of the pharaoh of the exodus] has been discussed many times here. This is a searchable site." No, I specifically referred to ... more
          • Re: A searchable site this isAnonymous, Wed May 9 13:08
            In my post I wrote: "Marianne wrote in her reply to Toby: 'This [the identity of the pharaoh of the exodus] has been discussed many times here. This is a searchable site.'" Marianne wrote: "No, I... more
      • Rohl, ramesses and ShishakToby Anderson, Tue May 8 15:08
        Hello Marianne, You wrote: "Equating Ramesses II with Shishak is based on absolutely nothing credible." Sound's like you've studied all the evidence including that presented by Rohl. I request that... more
        • re: Rohl, ramesses and ShishakMarianne Luban, Wed May 9 12:18
          Toby wrote: "Hello Marianne, You wrote: "Equating Ramesses II with Shishak is based on absolutely nothing credible." Sound's like you've studied all the evidence including that presented by Rohl." I... more
          • Rohl Toby, Wed May 9 13:59
            Hello mariAnne I asked you to back up your statement. You made the statement the burden of proof is on you. I would be more than glad to provide the details as to why rohl argues that ramsesses birth ... more
        • Rohl, ramesses and ShishakJon Smyth, Tue May 8 18:31
          "I request that you refute Rohl's evidence in some other manner than just giving your opinion." Toby, the Assyrian chronology demonstrates the inadequacies of Rohl's Egyptian chronology. It was... more
          • Rohl, ramesses and ShishakToby Anderson, Wed May 9 22:13
            Hello Jon, Me (toby): "I request that you refute Rohl's evidence in some other manner than just giving your opinion." Jon: Toby, the Assyrian chronology demonstrates the inadequacies of Rohl's... more
            • Rohl, ramesses and ShishakJon Smyth, Thu May 10 15:40
              Hi Toby, you wrote: "Rohl is not arguing against the synchronisms between Assyria and Egypt. Nor is he arguing for or against the few synchronisms between Assyria and Israel. Rather, he is arguing... more
              • Rohl, ramesses and ShishakToby Anderson, Thu May 10 19:52
                Hi Jon, Toby wrote: "Rohl is not arguing against the synchronisms between Assyria and Egypt. Nor is he arguing for or against the few synchronisms between Assyria and Israel. Rather, he is arguing... more
                • Rohl, ramesses and ShishakJon Smyth, Fri May 11 16:11
                  "Rohl is NOT condensing the Egyptian Timeline. You don't understand." Rohl is moving a Late Bronze Age Pharaoh 300 years forward into the Iron Age. I use to be a member of the New Chronology forum, I ... more
                  • Rohl, ramesses and ShishakToby Anderson, Fri May 11 23:05
                    Hello Jon, You wrote: "Rohl is moving a Late Bronze Age Pharaoh 300 years forward into the Iron Age." That's what WikiPedia says. Wikipedia also says that Ramesses II died 1213bc. A typical... more
          • Rohl, ramesses and ShishakToby Anderson, Tue May 8 21:18
            Hello Jon, Me: "I request that you refute Rohl's evidence in some other manner than just giving your opinion." You: Toby, the Assyrian chronology demonstrates the inadequacies of Rohl's Egyptian... more
      • Bahr YusufMarianne Luban, Tue May 8 13:53
        Let's address this in a logical fashion. In ancient Egypt the canal was known as the "mr wr" or "great canal". There is nothing associating the Biblical Joseph with a canal in the Torah or the... more
        • Re: Bahr YusufMarianne Luban, Tue May 8 14:00
          Correction--Eusebius did mention some more detains about the agricultural contributions of Joseph: "(1) Artapanus says, in his book Concerning the Jews, that Joseph was a descendant of Abraham and... more
          • Re: Bahr YusufToby Anderson, Wed May 9 22:05
            I stand corrected about the canal. Toby
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