[b-hebrew] Rohl's Chronology Deconstructed

Brian Roberts formoria at carolina.rr.com
Mon Jul 26 11:46:07 EDT 2004


Just a general question because it occurred to me and I thought you 
might want the chance to address it.

Do you allow for legitimate anachronisms in the Hebrew Bible? If so, 
where do you see them as occurring? Further, how do you explain their 

Best Salaams,


On Monday, July 26, 2004, at 11:09  AM, Walter R. Mattfeld wrote:

> Marianne wrote :
> <For David Rohl to maintain that the Lebayu of
>> the Amarna Letters is none other than Saul is, in my opinion, a 
>> ridiculous
>> assertion.
> Peter responded:
> <I'm not sure of all the grounds on which you consider Rohl's conclusion
> <ridiculous.
> Dear Peter,
> Rohl's identfying King Saul with Labayu, places Saul and the events in 
> his
> life in a Late Bronze Age setting (ca. 1560-1200 BCE). Mainstream
> scholarship understands Labayu to be a contemporary of  Pharaoh 
> Akhenaten
> who reigned ca. 1350-1334 BCE according to Clayton (p. 120. Peter 
> Clayton.
> _Chronicles of the Pharaohs_. Thames & Hudson. London. 1994).
> The biblical chronology suggests for the mainstream scholars that Saul
> reigned ca. 1050-1020 BCE,  _not_ some two hundred years earlier. Saul 
> is
> understood by the mainstream to be an Iron Age monarch (ca. 1200-1000 
> BCE),
> _not_ a Late Bronze Age ruler as maintained by Rohl.
> If Rohl is correct that Saul is Labayu, then the places mentioned in
> association with Saul's wars against the Philistines (cf. 1 Samuel, 
> chapters
> 6-14) "ought" to possess archaeological evidence of being in existence 
> in
> Late Bronze Age times and _not_ the Iron Age (1200-1000).
> My investigations into the archaeological findings on the various towns
> mentioned in the Saul narratives concluded that these towns did _not_ 
> exist
> in the days of Akhenaten and Labayu, they existed ONLY in Iron Age 
> times,
> after the arrival of the Philistines who arrived ca. 1175 BCE as the 
> Pelest
> in the days of Pharaoh Ramesses III who reigned ca. 1182-1151 BCE. Ergo,
> Rohl's "alternate chronology" needs some more "work." For the data cf. 
> the
> below article
> http://www.bibleorigins.net/RohlsChronologyDeconstructed.html
> Reagards, Walter
> Walter Reinhold Warttig Mattfeld y de la Torre, M.A. Ed.
> mattfeld12 at charter.net
> www.bibleorigins.net
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