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One subject that I find really interesting (among many) is Archaeology, and also the related subjects of Ancient History & Chronology, particularly as it relates to the Bible. It has sometimes been said that I can take virtually any subject and relate it to the Bible in one way or another! And it's true...that's how I view things. For me, every aspect of life is related to God and his written Word somehow. Anyhow, back to what I was saying.

I was greatly fascinated by the 3 part TV documentary series
Pharaohs and Kings - A Biblical Quest by Egyptologist David Rohl (1995 - also released as Pyramids and Prophets). He also released a book to accompany the series entitled A Test of Time: The Bible - From Myth to History, Volume One, which I have read with enthusiasm. I have also read his 'sequel' to this book, Legend: The Genesis of Civilisation (1998). He went on to release another documentary in 2001 called In Search of Eden, which dealt with a key subject of his second book - the location for the Garden of Eden.

Through his study of Egyptology, he believes that many centuries are missing in the Conventional Chronology that Egyptology is founded on, and he has now proposed a new theory of a New Chronology for ancient Egypt. This in turn led him to take a fresh look at Biblical Chronology, due to the fact that ancient Egyptian Chronology was originally based around Biblical Chronology! (Phew - lot's of ology's in there!)

Therefore, much of the ancient history of the Hebrew people as revealed in the Bible has been missed in Archaeology because they have been looking for the evidence in the wrong time-zones, hence in the wrong places! His conclusions are extremely interesting. Of course, he has encountered much disagreement amongst scholars, particularly some Egyptologists, and his theory has caused a bit of a stir. For religious Jews and Christians, though, his conclusions appear very encouraging. Whether he's right remains to be seen - and I am certainly not an historian or an archaeologist to say for certain one way or the other. It's all rather fascinating anyhow!
After reading Rohl's work, this in turn led me to a more in-depth study of Biblical Chronology. This study has resulted in a clearer understanding of biblical history, as it relates to the secular chronology of the world. Of course, there are many differing opinions in the field of biblical scholarship, as there are in virtually all academic fields, and there is often a huge chasm between the conclusions of liberal versus conservative scholars, for not everything is as concrete as we'd like it to be when it comes to assessing ancient history.

Anyhow, for anyone who is interested in Biblical Chronology, particularly Old Testament dating, feel free to take a look at some of my conclusions in my Chronology Notes (Old Testament). My conclusions, by the way, are not based on Rohl's work. It is one thing to calculate a chronology from the biblical records alone, but it's another to then fit that in with the conventional timelines of historians and archaeologists. And this is where the difficulties usually arise, although that's not to say that there can't be any agreement between the two.

Rohl has written a further two books, as of this revised writing (Jan. 2012), but I just haven't got round to reading them. He used to have a website, but at present that doesn't appear to be the case anymore.
David Rohl
Here is a link to The Journal of the Ancient Chronology Forum that focuses on Rohl's New Chronology.

Also, here's a link to an interesting paper that reviews Rohl's
Test of Time book, considering some of the problems with his theory - A New Chronology by John Fulton

And this is a very detailed critique at Associates for Biblical Research who appear to give Rohl's New Chronology a real hammering! - David Rohl's Revised Egyptian Chronology