[b-hebrew] Year 13 Akhenaten and Abraham
robacosta at hotmail.com
Wed Aug 31 11:20:56 EDT 2011
"You would have us believe..."
I am not offering my opinion, only quotes from the scholars. You wrote: " In sum: "(a) There’s no way that letters from dead princelings that pre-date the building of Amarna by 15 years would have ended up in the Amarna archive in the first place. " Abdi Ashirta's letters are in the archive and even Aldred agrees he died during the reign of Amenophis lll (b) " There’s no way that Lab’ayu and Surata would have defied Amenhotep III at the height of his power and wealth, with Surata taking a bribe from Lab’ayu instead of delivering Lab’ayu to Amenhotep III for a much handsomer reward. So Lab’ayu cannot have died in Year 33 of Amenhotep III, but rather must have died in Year 13 of Akhenaten."
Again, scholars agree Abdi Ashirta dies during the reign of Amenophis lll and Pawuru's murder in Sumurafter his visit to Jerusalem proves Labayu died in Amenophis ll reign. Jim, I see nothing but your opinion here so I will let the experts in this field answer for me. Amarna Letters from Palestine, Syria, the Philistines and Phoenicia By W F Albright page 6 "Maya followed Yankhamu...The representation of only three royal princesses in his unfinished tomb established a date for hisfloruit between the eighth and twelfth years of Akhenaten's reign. We may place his rise after the sixth year and his downfall after the eleventhyear" This can be found online at:http://books.google.com/books?id=oxk7AAAAIAAJ&pg=PA21&lpg=PA21&dq=W+F+Albright,+amarna,+palestine&source=bl&ots=W7tYYTtCQx&sig=M
Donald Redford, in his review of Campbell's book, agrees Maya took office in Gezer about year eightof Akhenaten, but disagrees on the length of his service, believing Maya was still in office in the last years of Pharaoh. K.A. Kicthen also has a slightly different view. He also agrees Maya was in Gezer about Year 8but believes Maya began service, with his son Kamose, in the last years of Amenophis lll.
All opinions are available on the internet at a site called "Journal Storage", or JSTOR. Their chronology is far more logical than yours because all of the pieces fit when the careers of the commissionersare factored in.. 1. Pawuru of Gaza is killed in Sumur after the death of Abdi Ashirta. 2. Na'aman tells us "Yanhamu was nominated to replace the former dead commissioner of Sumur EA:102, 106" (Canaan in the2nd Millenium, page 56) 3. Maya replaces Yanhamu (Campbell, ) 4. Per Campbell, Redford, and Albright, Maya takes office in Gezer in Year 6/8 of Akhenaten. Jim, these are the facts. If you wish to argue please email Na'aman for a start and protest, his emailaddress is available to the public.
It is a simple historical fact Milikilu, Abdi Heba and Suwardaza were either dead or removed from office by thetime of Maya's arrival as none are mentioned in letters referencing the new commisioner. Jim, it is simply impossible for Labayu to have died after Abdi Ashirta, this would make commissionerPawuru, who took part in the retaking of Sumur, a ghost visiting Abdi Heba in EA 287, and scholars agree Amenophis llldied about a year after Abdi Ashirta.
Again, the historical realities of Amarna does not match Genesis 14, and this is the heart of the problem,the more one understands, accurately,what occurred in the Amarna age, the fewer similarities will beseen with Genesis 14.
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