The Exodus of the Israelites was immediately preceded by an outpouring of God's power in judgement upon Egypt. This judgement took the form of a series of devastating national disasters. By the time it was over the crops and herds of Egypt had been decimated, the firstbom sons were dead, the pharaoh and his army had been destroyed, the slave labor (i.e. Israelites) had gone, and they had carried away all the wealth of the land with them. The obvious implication of these Biblical facts is that the nation of Egypt must have suffered a most severe setback, if not complete hiatus. as a result of the Exodus.

Such a pronounced setback should be an easy thing to locate In the standard, secular history of Egypt. However, nothing remotely resembling the Biblical Exodus is discernible in the secular history of Egypt anywhere near the traditional Biblical date for this event (i.e., 1450 B.C.). In fact, roughly the opposite of what one would expect of the Exodus is observed at this date; this was a period of unprecedented prosperity and power for Egypt.

Interestingly, a full millennium before this traditional date (i.e., at about 2450 B.C.) Egypt's secular history fits the Biblical description of the Exodus extremely well. This suggests the possibility that traditional Biblical chronology may have accidentally lost 1000 years between the Exodus and the commencement of the Israelite monarchical period. This suggestion is found to work out very well when explored In depth, allowing much secular historical and archaeological data to be harmonized with the Biblical record from Abraham to Samuel for the first time.

This discovery raises the minimum age of the earth from 6000 to 7000 years, and the minimum elapsed time from the Flood to the present from roughly 4300 years to 5300 years. This additional millennium Significantly Impacts the time scale of such post-Flood dynamical processes as the development of a post-Flood ice age, dispersion of animal life and man over the globe, growth of radiocarbon in the atmosphere and oceans, etc.


Biblical chronology, date of Exodus, date of Flood


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