Redating the exodus and conquest

The other four sites, however, are singled out in the biblical narrative as cities the Israelites could The internal chronological data in the Hebrew Bible clearly supports a mid-15th century BC date for the exodus.

The primary datum is 1 Kgs 6:1 which states, “In the four hundred and eightieth year after the Israelites had come out of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, the second month, he began to build the temple of the Lord.” Working back from Solomon’s fourth year, ca.

If the Israelites built a store city named after Rameses II, then the exodus must have occurred during his reign.

But if we look carefully at the chronology of the exodus events we see that this argument is flawed.

Albright assigned a hieratic inscription dated to “regnal year four” found at Lachish to the fourth year of Merenptah and used it to date the conquest to ca.