Ages in Chaos: Peoples of the Sea | Immanuel Velikovsky

Peoples of the Sea by Immanuel Velikovsky is another of his controversial New Chronology revision books in his Ages in Chaos series. Challenging and changing the accepted standard time line of our history.

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Authors review of Peoples of the Sea

Peoples of the Sea is part of the Ages in Chaos series dealing with the reconstruction of ancient history, can be read independently of the other volumes in that series. The entire period of reconstruction covers a span of twelve centuries, from the end of the Middle Kingdom in Egypt, which I claim was synchronous with the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt, down to the advent of Alexander the Great of Macedon, and even beyond, namely, to the earlier Ptolemies, Hellenistic rulers of Egypt. The present volume deals with the more than two hundred years at the end of that span.

Review from someone at University at Albany

This is the last volume of the Ages in Chaos series, and in it Velikovsky makes his most outrageous reconstruction of chronology in Egypt. Fully 800 years, as professionally understood,get thrown out. He redates the reign of Ramses III from the generally accepted 1100 BC to 400 BC, not much further than the reign of Alexander the Great. This redating is to demonstrate that the Bible is a historically accurate record of prehistoric events.

The chronology of the ancients has never been exactly known. There have always been disagreements and downright mysteries. Some fairly arbitrary assumptions have led to the gradual emergence of a professionally accepted chronology. It is this that Velikovsky questions. His method is simple: he interpets the Bible to be essentially correct, and the other available documents are explained ad hoc in terms of Biblical certainty. His conclusion, then, is that the Bible is correct.

I am no expert in this field and can only say that Velikovsky has his assumptions and the others have theirs. My point is that Velikovsky does not demonstrate any more ostensible absurdity in his ratiocinations than other scientist/scholars in this field.
People of the Sea: A Reconstruction of Ancient History | University at Albany