The time of the Judges in Cannaan corresponds to the Second Intermediate Period of Egypt.

02Feb14
The revised Egyptian chronology of David Down aligned with the Biblical Chronology - (long and short sojourns ending with Amenemhet III as the Pharaoh of Moses Birth.

The revised Egyptian chronology of David Down aligned with the Biblical Chronology – (long and short sojourns ending with Amenemhet III as the Pharaoh of Moses Birth.

Down identified Amenemhet III as the Pharaoh of Moses’ birth but he believed in a short (215 year ) sojourn and so placed Joseph in the 12th dynasty as Mentuhotep, the vizier for Sesostris I  (for which there is little evidence).

Aligning Down’s Revised Egyptian Chronology with a long sojourn (430 years) of Israel in Egypt ending with Amenemhet III as the Pharaoh of Moses’ birth, however, places Joseph very close to the third dynasty when Imhotep was the vizier to Djoser (for which there is a good match with considerable evidence). The exact chronology of the Old Kingdom still needs to be worked out but at least this puts Joseph and Imhotep in the same time period.

Diagram  adapted from http://duckglow.wordpress.com/2013/12/15/square-pegs-round-holes-the-exodus-and-egyptian-chronology/

 

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