The Ramessides, Medes, and Persians

The Ramessides, Medes, and Persians

The Ramessides, Medes, and Persians

The Ramessides, Medes, and Persians

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In the course of the past few decades it has become increasingly obvious, to all but the most closed-minded, that there is something radically wrong with our chronology of the ancient (pre-Christian) world. The more demanding methods of 20 century scholarship have exposed embarrassing anomalies in the accepted scheme of things, and it is evident that the attempts of some academics to patch up the problems — usually by some ad hoc theory or other — have served only to increase the confusion. It is clear that we have reached the stage where, rather than trying to force-fit the pieces, we must dismantle the whole picture and begin the work of reassembling the historical jigsaw from the beginning.

The present work represents the fourth volume of a series of books (“Ages in Alignment”) intended to do just that. The first of these, The Genesis of Israel and Egypt, examined the history of the origins of Egyptian civilization through to the end of the Third Dynasty, a point in time which, it was shown, corresponds to the Israelite Exodus. Volume 2 of the series, The Pyramid Age, looked at the epoch of the pyramid-builders, kings normally placed in the 3rd millennium BC, but here revealed to belong in the 9 and 8 centuries BC. Volume 3, Empire of Thebes, dealt with the rise of Imperial Egypt and the mighty Eighteenth Dynasty, which was revealed (as Immanuel Velikovsky argued) to be contemporary with the Early Kings period of Israel. Yet these rulers are rightly placed in the 7 century BC, not in the 10 and 9 , as Velikovsky believed.

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