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The Tragic End of the Bronze Age [Kindle Edition]

Tom Slattery
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"A catastrophe of unimaginable proportions struck in the middle of the twelfth century BC and with a sudden swiftness brought Old World civilizations to an abrupt end. This initiated the world’s longest and deepest known dark age.

When the world finally recovered centuries later, new written languages had replaced old ones, a new strategic and useful metal had replaced the old one, and the historical reality of the old civilizations had been replaced by yore and myth invented from fragments passed down through the barrier of the long deep dark age.

Some of these fragments, and possibly some references to the catastrophe itself, may be found in the Old Testament and in ancient Greek literature. Out of the fragmented preserved memories, and stories built around them, we became what we are today."

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  • File Size: 2199 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: iUniverse (September 8, 2000)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007TR2EE2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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2.0 out of 5 stars WTH November 7, 2012
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Although the theory that smallpox may have devasted the Mediterranean world is interesting, I cannot take seriously a "history" that assumes the Book of Exodus is factual (since there is no evidence to support it.)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat Incoherent April 3, 2013
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On one hand the author puts together some suggestive evidence of a smallpox epidemic occuring between 1150 and 1050 BC. The mummy of Rameses V (died ca 1145 BC) contains characteristic marks of a smallpox death. Both this book's footnotes and references in the Wikipedia article on Rameses V contain a list of scholarly articles on the forensic examination of his mummy. Another suggestive fact is the fact that the Tumulus culture in Europe, which used burial was replaced around 1200 BC by the much less populous Urnfield culture which used cremation.

These are some of the examples of actual evidence cited by the author.

Then he turns around and does things like using the Old Testament as a historical reference, assuming Joseph, for example, was a genuine pharaoh even though the vast majority of modern Biblical scholars now date this story to the 5th century BC Persian era at the earliest. (See J. A. Soggin, "An Introduction to the History of Israel and Judah", 1998 or Donald Redford, "A Study of the Biblical Story of Joseph in Genesis 37-50", 1970) He makes a big thing about Moses' life, ignoring the fact that the classic hero story (cf Perseus, Sargon, Romulus and Remus) pretty much eclipses any possible historical reference that might be contained in the Biblical account.

He tentitavely identifies the expulsion of the Hyksos with the exodus, and the exodus with the collapse of the Bronze Age, even though there is a discrepancy of some half a millenium (the Hyksos were expelled from Egypt around 1500 BC, around 350 to 450 years before the collapse of the Bronze Age civilizations).
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