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Product Details

  • Series: A Test of Time
  • Paperback: 540 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009979991X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099799917
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Scout on November 3, 2003
Format: Paperback
Egyptologist David Rohl challenged long held beliefs about ancient Egyptian history and its timeline in his first book, A Test of Time (a.k.a. Pharaohs and Kings in its American incarnation). In so doing, he backed into demonstrating that early Hebrew tradition and history correlates with the records of Egypt and other regional nations of the time, from the Patriarch Joseph to the initial Israelite kings. This book continues that re-evaluation of history by adding a fresh look at the earlier Biblical legends to see if he can make historical sense out of them. He mostly succeeds.
This book delves into an examination of people and events from Genesis that many exegetes regard as legendary at best. Among those covered include Adam and Eve along with identification of the probable physical location of a real Garden of Eden, and their descendents as the early leaders of what became the Sumerian civilization. He explains the linguistic correlation between Scriptural names and Sumerian ones to make his case. He then adds an intriguing explanation for the long mysterious origin of the Egyptian ruling class of their Dynasties Zero and One to tie together a solid thesis about the origins and migrations of many of the peoples of the Near East, such as the Canaanites and the Phoenicians.
His conclusions are not without minor errors, which accounts for a rating of four stars instead of five. He mistranslates Elohim, as do many modern scholars, to mean 'Lords of the mountain,' when it actually means 'Lord of the mountains.' He also backs into an estimation of a date for the occurrence of the Great Flood by using literary sources exclusively, ignoring the physical evidence that places it about 8,000 years earlier.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Gary Selikow on August 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
In this volume David Rohl explores the veracity of the Book of Genesis with Sumerian and Ancient Egyptian history and legend, and comes up with a variety of answers.
Despite some unorthodox standpoints, the author is more respectful of the authenticity of the bible than many modern 'scholars'.
Rohl locates the four rivers of Eden.
He locates the Garden of Eden in the Adji Chay Valley in Iranian occupied Azerbaijan, at the heart of which is the regional capital of Tabriz.
He also locates the Land of Nod in Iranian occupied East Azerbaijan in the plain west of the Elburz mountains around the city of Ardabil.

The author has travelled extensively and traces the journey of Adam's descendants from what is today Iranian occupied Azerbaijan/Kurdistan to Shinar in what is today Iraq.
He gives forth the hypothesis that the Sumerians are the ancestors of the Hebrews and the other semitic peoples. The Sumerians being the only people in the Middle East no mentioned in the Bible.
The author locates the landing of Noah's Ark at JUdi Dagh in Iranian occupied Kurdistan. As he puts the pieces of the Genesis jigsaw puzzle together he also traces Egyptian culture to Ancient Sumer, giving the hypothesis that Ancient Egyptian civilization was the product of a people from Mesopotamia who colonized Egypt, drawing up cultural parallels between the two civilizations,and demonstrating how Sumeria is the older of the two, with the use of old legends, archaeology, historical evidence and linguistics.
Some may challenge the veracity of Rohl's findings and they are indeed controversial but much of what he writes is given a watertight and incontrovertible account.
I would however digress from the author in that I believe that the Biblical incidents gave rise to the legends of the other civilizations and not vice versa (the author seems to suggest it could be either way).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stone Dog VINE VOICE on January 1, 2014
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I must admit I admire David Rohl's work. I may not always agree with his conclusions but I always enjoy the mysterious road be takes me through to get to them!

In this book, Rohl sets himself the task of following the earliest civilizations all the way from the Garden of Eden to the earliest dynasty of Egypt. He unravels ancient legends, migrations and colonization with brilliant deduction and evidence that spans archeology, myth and linguistics.

He begins with the earliest origins of man in the Garden of Eden somewhere in the Zagros Mountains and follows the footsteps of civilized man to the "land between the rivers", then to Bahrain, east Africa and, finally, Egypt. Where was the Island of Dilmun? Who were the "Square Boat People"? Is there a link between the Sumerians and the earliest Egyptian kings?

As you are led from place to place, the author lays out his evidence as he goes, summarizing his conclusions periodically for the reader. I enjoy his style of writing and if he weren't an Egyptologist, he could have been a mystery writer. Do I agree with all his conclusions? No, I found his evidence linking early Biblical characters such as Cain or Enoch with Sumerian figures to be too tenuous for my liking. But, he makes a very good case for the "square boat people" which I think will surprise most readers.

This is a good book on the earliest civilizations which never talks down to the general reader nor bogs one down in more detail than you can handle. In short, he leads the reader through pre-history and makes his case as he goes. This is a very fun read which never bores and always challenges.

I recommend this book with four stars.
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