Thera and the Exodus: The Exodus Explained in Terms of Natural Phenomena and the Human Response to itPaperback
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- Publisher: O Books
- Format: Paperback | 470 pages
- Dimensions: 140mm x 214mm x 34mm | 460g
- Publication date: 22 February 2013
- Publication City/Country: New Alresford
- ISBN 10: 1780994494
- ISBN 13: 9781780994499
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Sales rank: 1,438,061
Of all the volcanic eruptions that shook the earth, two of the volcano on the Aegean island Thera, modern Santorini, are more important to the modern world than any other. Not only did they lead to the formation of the people known as the Israelites, but indirectly also gave birth to the god of Judaism, Islam and Christianity. The biblical "Exodus" of the Israelites from Egypt is closely linked to these two eruptions, the second which occurred ca. 1450-1410 BCE during the reign of Amenhotep III, Egypt's golden pharaoh. The fallout of the eruption caused a deadly plague to break out in Egypt and to appease the perceived anger of the gods, Amenhotep ordered all firstborn in Egypt to be sacrificed in fires. His firstborn son, Crown Prince Tuthmosis, was first in line to be sacrificed, but was saved from the fire in the nick of time, an event recorded as the 'burning bush' episode in the Bible. Prince Tuthmosis became the biblical Moses and the events of that followed are now finally revealed.
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Riaan Booysen is a practising engineer with a PhD in Electronics Engineering and several academic publications to his credit. He has a keen interest in ancient history and has over the past 12 years devoted much of his spare time to develop new theories about the origins of the accounts of Atlantis, the Exodus and Christianity. He launched his own website to test some of these theories in 2008, which when searched for can now be found on Google's first page. His insight into intellectual challenges is outstanding and his analytical skills unique in many respects. He lives in South Africa.