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Can There be a Revised Chronology Without a Revised Stratigraphy?

DR JOHN J. BIMSON1. The Problem Stated
IN AN ARTICLE which appeared in Pensée in 1973, W. H. STIEBING claimed that "Velikovsky's revised synchronisms for ancient history cannot be reconciled with the stratigraphical evidence of archaeology" [1]. One of Stiebing's objections to Velikovsky's chronology relies on the supposed association of Hyksos objects with pottery of the Middle Bronze II period in Palestine. I have shown elsewhere that this association does not bear close scrutiny [2]. But Stiebing also raised another and more serious problem for the revised chronology, and it is with this that the present paper is chiefly concerned. In brief, the problem is as follows.

XVIIIth-Dynasty scarabs from late Bronze Age contexts, Lachish The ancient ruined cities of Palestine are tells, i.e. mounds consisting of several strata of debris from successive periods of occupation. These strata will obviously follow each other chronologically from the lowest (oldest) to the …

The Four Anchors of St. Paul’s Shipwreck

by  Damien F. Mackey

————————————————————————————————————— If we dig deeper we may well find the evidences in support of the biblical narratives. —————————————————————————————————————
Introduction Historians and archaeologists often find themselves having to minimalise the biblical accounts because they are working within a chronological framework, with a corresponding stratigraphy, that does not align with real history. I like to think of archaeologists such as the serial minimiser, Israel Finkelstein, as pointing to the wrong stratigraphy for a given biblical era whilst ‘standing in’ – whether metaphorically or in actuality – that era’s true archaeological level. Thus, whilst:
Israel Finkelstein has not archaeologically “destroyed Solomon”, as he thinks. He has completely missed Solomon.
more enlightened archaeologists will always dig deeper. The …

King Cushan-Rishathaim


Damien F. Mackey


According to Judges 3:8: “The anger of the Lord burned against Israel so that He sold them into the hands of Cushan-Rishathaim king of Aram Naharaim, to whom the Israelites were subject for eight years”.
But do we know anything about this king Cushan-Rishathaim as a concrete historical character, in a real archaeological setting?


We read of the account of the power of king Cushan-Rishathaim, and his ultimate defeat by Othniel, in the Book of Judges 3:7-11:

And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord. They forgot the Lord their God and served the Baals and the Asheroth. Therefore the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of Cushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia [Aram-Naharaim]. And the p…