18th dynasty exodus - resources needed

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MW

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I'm doing research on Egypt at and around the time of the exodus. The virtual evangelical consensus ("academically") dates the exodus under the 19th dynasty. I've never taken with this view as it requires the biblical chronology to be adjusted. It seems to me to be an attempt to synchronise data.

Allowing the Bible to set its own chronology gives a prima facie date around 1446. Allowing Egyptology to undertake its own study without adjusting it to a biblical chronology, the 1446 date falls within the 18th dynasty in the reign of Amenhotep II. If we overlay the Egyptian timeline on the biblical account we come up with a tentative hypothesis which correlates very well with the biblical narrative.

The problem is that there appear to be very few resources which explore this correlation. Eugene Merrill's Historical Survey accords with the hypothesis but gives little to no reference to historical sources. Bruce Gore's Historical Context is more systematic and provides a good correlation. Are there other resources which explore the likelihood of an 18th dynasty exodus?
 

MW

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I remember Gleason Archer's A Survey of Old Testament Introduction having a thorough discussion of the correlation between the biblical events and the Egyptian dynasties. I don't recall the dynasty numbers themselves, but he prefers the view that the Exodus occurred earlier than is usually thought and the 430 years date to Abraham. That may lead to other sources. I was borrowing the copy I read and have returned it.

Thanks Austin. His "Bible Difficulties" adopts 1446 and the 18th dynasty. I will have a look at his "Survey."
 

py3ak

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Matthew, Walter Kaiser takes an 18th Dynasty view in A History of Israel, and I think the "Exodus" portion of the Bible Knowledge Commentary does as well.
 

arapahoepark

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Evidence of Israel in the Desert
Evidence of Israel is Egypt

I believe those are the titles of two books by James Hoffmeier who teaches at TEDS.
 

MW

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Matthew, Walter Kaiser takes an 18th Dynasty view in A History of Israel, and I think the "Exodus" portion of the Bible Knowledge Commentary does as well.

Thanks Ruben. I'll look into those. I generally find Kaiser's OT work to be insightful and he is a clear writer.
 

MW

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Evidence of Israel in the Desert
Evidence of Israel is Egypt

I believe those are the titles of two books by James Hoffmeier who teaches at TEDS.

Thanks Trent. Hoffmeier has been helpful to sift through the archaeological material, but he defends the later date.
 

arapahoepark

Puritan Board Post-Graduate
Evidence of Israel in the Desert
Evidence of Israel is Egypt

I believe those are the titles of two books by James Hoffmeier who teaches at TEDS.

Thanks Trent. Hoffmeier has been helpful to sift through the archaeological material, but he defends the later date.

Ah ok. Now I know. I just assumed more Bible believing scholars nowadays were jumping on the earlier date.
 

MW

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Just a follow-up note, R. K. Harrison's Old Testament Times presents the material in terms of both earlier and later exodus dates, and provides an excellent background to the situation in Egypt.
 

MW

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Thanks Prof. Duguid. There is good material here for the knock-on effect with the conquest.

Agreeing with what these authors suggest, I had just read in Geisler's Popular Handbook of Archaeology:

some have suggested (based on recent archaeological excavation) lowering the date of the Middle Bronze Age (MBA) to about 1400 BC (instead of about 1550 BC), which would bring harmony between the fall of the cities of Canaan and Joshua’s account of the conquest.
 
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MW

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Peairtach

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The "Exodus - Patterns of Evidence" comes to an early date conclusion and includes contributions and discussion by Hoffmeier and Rohl.

The filmaker, Timothy ?, unfortunately presents archaelogolical evidence as the answer to a crisis of faith, although the Lord never promises archaeological evidence, which evidence is inferior to the evidence of His written word.

There is a book and further DVDs that go into gretaer detail.

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johnny

Puritan Board Sophomore
I found the Exodus (patterns of evidence) an interesting documentary.

I would have gained more from this documentary, had I have had a greater understanding
of the history of the other positions, (which I did not, being a complete novice)

They do however, use an overlay technique in the animation part of this video,
 

arapahoepark

Puritan Board Post-Graduate
Exodus Decoded was another documentary, though not necessarily Christian, they agree that it probably happened and opt for earlier date.
 

MW

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I find it very difficult to get to the facts through a documentary. They appear to work on the principle that seeing is believing. They can be useful for a general impression, but not for examining debated material.

The idea of "patterns of evidence" is a good approach, especially if it avoids revising accepted data to try to make it synchronise with a specific biblical interpretation.
 
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