Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Digging for a Biblical Timeline of Ancient Egypt

One of our many great studies in our homeschool years has been of Ancient Egypt. After lots of reading, studying and activities, we put together history presentations on the era...twice!

Visit our Egyptian Museum (Dialectic Level)

Take a tour with us (Rhetoric Level)


We've enjoyed lots of resources for our studies. Here are a few...




One of the things that frustrated us the years we studied Ancient Egypt was how our Christian homeschool curriculum used Old Earth (aka Evolutionary) dates. Therefore I did a lot of research into a Young Earth (aka Creationist) theories. One of the sources I discovered was a book hot off the press! Unwrapping the Pharoahs was written by Christian archaeologist David Down and John Ashton, who proposed Young Earth dates for the Israelites' time in Egypt, based on some of their research. The book is full of gorgeous photos with plenty of information to think about! My review of the book is written here.

Yesterday I saw that Dr. Jay Wile, whose Apologia Science books we had used in junior high and high school studies, shared a blog post on his facebook page about this very topic. In it he reviews a recent documentary, Patterns of Evidence: Exodus directed by Tim Mahoney which investigates why there haven't been archaeological discoveries of the Israelites' time in Egypt. The director thus proposed that perhaps there is a different timeline...(here's the link to Dr. Wile's blog post on this documentary.) I'm looking forward to seeing this documentary!

Again, I highly recommend the book, Unwrapping the Pharoahs!  Of course it's all theory, but it's far more plausible theory than what has been previously held. Dating our historical studies as accurately as we possible within a Young Earth context was paramount to me and my then 10 and 12 year olds. I have written previously on Young Earth Theory at the following links:

Other blog posts I have written about our activities:

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