GLASGOW David Rohl: Exodus - Myth or History?

  • Rm 301, McCance Building, Strathclyde University 16 Richmond St Glasgow, G1 1XQ United Kingdom

This is a double lecture.  Please note the earlier starting time.

David Rohl’s career as a historian has been largely spent in examining the chronology of the ancient world, including its impact upon the historicity of the Bible and the identification of the pharaohs of the Famine and Exodus. Author of A Test of Time, Legend: The Genesis of Civilisation, From Eden to Exile and The Lords of Avaris, David's lecture will cover the themes of his latest book Exodus – Myth or History?

David presents the latest findings from Avaris, which appear to indicate that the Exodus tradition was based on real events from the Middle Bronze IIA period in Egypt, when a Western Asiatic population settled in the Eastern Nile Delta, at the invitation of the state, during the late 12th Dynasty. These highly Egyptianised Semites then abandoned the city at the end of the 13th Dynasty, prior to the arrival of the Hyksos at the transition to the Middle Bronze IIB.

David then discusses past research on, and possible mechanisms for, the Yam Suph (‘Reed Sea’) crossing, before journeying through Sinai and on into the ‘Promised Land’ to explore a Middle Bronze IIB conquest of Canaan, starting with the destruction of Jericho.

There will be a book-sale and signing of David’s latest book.