[b-hebrew] Thera quote

George F. Somsel gfsomsel at juno.com
Fri Aug 27 02:08:20 EDT 2004


On Thu, 26 Aug 2004 23:19:04 -0600 Dave Washburn <dwashbur at nyx.net>
writes:
> On Tuesday 24 August 2004 13:41, Michael Banyai wrote:
> [snip]
> > >  Moreover, it is highly unlikely that the Thera cloud
> > > ever reached Egypt--given the counter-clockwise direction of 
> winds around
> > > the Mediterranean--and that anyone in Egypt would have been able 
> to see
> > > the ash cloud hundreds of miles away no matter how high (the 
> earth is
> > > round).
> >
> > This is bogus. First of all have Stanley and Cheng discovered 
> volcanic
> > ashes in the delta, which could be C214-dated by the  overlaying 
> layers, to
> > the period of the Theran eruption. We have the testimony of the 
> Balaam
> > inscription (chronologically dependent on the Exodus dating) for 
> an
> > independent observation of an eruption-like event. But also the 
> Ipuwer
> > papyrus (datable into the 2nd intermediate period - the eruption 
> of Thera
> > thus) describes with plenty of detail probably the same.
> >
> > The argument concerning the eruption being unobservable because 
> hiding
> > behind the horizon assumes of us to be idiots. It is a typical
> > "Taschenspielertrick". 
> 
> I don't know what this word means.
> [snip]
> 
> -- 

A "feat of legerdemain", I think.

george
gfsomsel



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