[b-hebrew] Ark of the covenant

Michael Banyai Banyai at t-online.de
Sat Aug 21 13:01:00 EDT 2004

I suppose you miss the point Marianne. You use the stratum where the Theran pumice was found as a marker for the date as the eruption took place. But since there is more than only Theran pumice in Tel ed Dab´a, and we can not suppose that all these vulcanos erupted at the same time, the stratum of the occurence of this pumice is chronologically irelevant for the eruption. The way how the pumice may have found its way to Tel ed Dab´a is open to conjecture, but it is clear it is not the direct result of the eruption.

The stratum is only a datum ante quem for the eruption. Should you consider it to be a date for the eruption itself, the same should be valid for the rest of the foreign provenance pumice. I don´t beleave you would take in consideration the simultaneous eruption of various vulcanos in this part of the world, all the pumice being washed down till to the Egyptian coast. Being this said,  ought all this pumice be the object of trade which somehow brought it together at Tel ed Dab´a, where it was probably used for hygienical or other purpose.

This doesn´t mean the eruption didn´t touch Egypt. Quite on the contrary, I have found reflections of this event in Egyptian literary sources, but from a previous age.

Best regards,

Bányai Michael

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