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The Theban Empire: Ages In Chaos Revisited
Vol. 3, Ages in Alignment Series. Second and revised edition
  • Emmet Sweeney
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The Theban Empire: Ages In Chaos Revisited. Vol. 3, Ages in Alignment Series. Second and revised edition
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Egypt's glorious 18th or Theban Dynasty is believed to represent one of the best-understood epochs of the country's history. This was the time of Hatshepsut, the female pharaoh who sent a famous expedition to the mysterious Land of Punt. It was the time too of the great conqueror Thutmose III, who brought the whole of Syria and Palestine under Egyptian domination; and it was the time of the "heretic" pharaoh Akhnaton, who instituted a new monotheistic religion and launched an artistic revolution. 

Professor Gunnar Heinsohn underscores the importance of the correlations Sweeney identifies, noting that "David's Kingdom of Israel cannot be kept in the history books if the date of the Theban Dynasty of Egypt is not corrected in a scholarly manner as attempted [in The Theban Empire] by Emmet Sweeney."

Professor Lewis Greenberg called the book "a Herculean task [of historical research]."



About the Author

For over 25 years Emmet Sweeney has researched the questions raised by Velikovsky's efforts to reconstruct ancient history as it is currently taught. With a Masters Degree in Early Modern History from the University of Ulster, he is a high school teacher with many years' experience in the classroom in Europe and the Middle East.

His interest in ancient history was kindled by his father who told him, at an early age, of the daring exploits of Percy Fawcett and Hiram Bingham as they searched for the "Lost Cities" of South America. This interest was rekindled as a student in Belfast, where he discovered the works of Immanuel Velikovsky. Since then, Sweeney has travelled extensively in pursuit of his researches, including journeys to Egypt, Greece, and other locations in the Near East.

Sweeney is the author of a series of books entitled "Ages in Alignment," which seeks to rewrite pre-classical history in its entirety. He describes the salient features of each volume in his "Ages in Alignment" series and points out the important consequences of the skewed historical record as it is usually taught in his website at Emmet Sweeney.net.

In parallel, following the research of German historian Heribert Illig, Sweeney pursues the astonishing theory that Europe never experienced a Dark Age. He demonstrates through archaeological, literary, and architectural evidence that the record actually supports this hypothesis which is fueling lively debates across Europe.

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The Theban Empire is the starting point of "Ages in Alignment," an originally researched reconstruction of ancient history. "Ages in Alignment" identifies the problems Velikovsky could not solve and brings forward a great body of...

The Theban Empire is the starting point of "Ages in Alignment," an originally researched reconstruction of ancient history. "Ages in Alignment" identifies the problems Velikovsky could not solve and brings forward a great body of evidence not even mentioned by Velikovsky which supports his identification of Hatshepsut with the Queen of Sheba.

Velikovsky was rejected by the academic establishment because of a number of contradictions in the chronology he outlined. Sweeney shows that despite some gaps and incompletions, his books were brilliant works of scholarship with much to recommend them. For decades now various scholars have attempted to solve the enigma. Yet the answer was stunningly simple, and in front of us all the time. The current volume provides the solution and provides us, finally, with the possibility of a complete and satisfactory reconstruction of ancient history.

1. Hatshepsut, as the Queen of Sheba (Theba) really did visit Solomon in Jerusalem, but the journey occurred around 680 BC, not 930 BC, as Velikovsky believed.

2. Velikovsky believed that the heretic pharaoh Akhnaton was a contemporary of the Assyrian king Shalmaneser III, and dated the Amarna Letters to the time of the biblical kings Jehoshaphat and Ahab. He was very nearly right, here, but he was out by one generation. Akhnaton was a contemporary not of Jehoshaphat but of his predecessor Asa. Once again, critics used this error as an excuse to jettison all his theories.

3. Finally, the end of the 18th Dynasty was the focus of one of Velikovsky's most fascinating books, but he left the story of the demise of Akhnaton's line unfinished. This period is examined in detail in The Theban Empire, and the author shows which foreign power it was who came to the assistance of Tutankhamun's brother Smenkhare, after the latter had been expelled from Egypt.

These other periods are covered in three separate volumes, the first of which is The Genesis of Israel and Egypt, which traces the histories of Israel and Egypt back to their beginnings and makes some dramatic identifications. Imhotep, for example, who designed the first pyramid, is shown to be one and the same as Joseph of the coat of many colors. It is followed by The Pyramid Age and Ramessides, Medes and Persians. However, although it's not first in line chronologically, The Theban Empire is where this telling of the story begins.


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But how much do we really know about this dynasty? Do we even know its proper place in history? Why is it, for example, that Hatshepsut's journey to Punt bears such striking parallels with the biblical Queen of Sheba's journey to Israel? And why did Akhnaton's worship of the sun-god so closely resemble the sun-worship of the Persian prophet Zoroaster? Above all, why did the Egyptians of the time correspond with people such as the Mitanni and the Hittites, who seem to be identical to the...

But how much do we really know about this dynasty? Do we even know its proper place in history? Why is it, for example, that Hatshepsut's journey to Punt bears such striking parallels with the biblical Queen of Sheba's journey to Israel? And why did Akhnaton's worship of the sun-god so closely resemble the sun-worship of the Persian prophet Zoroaster? Above all, why did the Egyptians of the time correspond with people such as the Mitanni and the Hittites, who seem to be identical to the Medes and Lydians — two nations who flourished in the 7th/6th centuries BC — seven hundred years after the supposed time of the 18th Dynasty?

These questions, and a multitude of others, are answered in Emmet Sweeney's stunning reinterpretation of this most dramatic period of ancient Egypt's history.


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Part 3 in the Series "Ages in Alignment" Inspired by Velikovsky's "Ages in Chaos," the series "Ages in Alignment" seeks to complete the work of reconstruction of ancient history which he commenced in 1952. The author calls for a much more radical shortening of ancient chronology and asserts that Velikovsky ran into a dead end because he placed too much reliance on the Bible as a chronological measuring rod. This is a far-reaching reconstruction which...
Part 3 in the Series "Ages in Alignment" Inspired by Velikovsky's "Ages in Chaos," the series "Ages in Alignment" seeks to complete the work of reconstruction of ancient history which he commenced in 1952. The author calls for a much more radical shortening of ancient chronology and asserts that Velikovsky ran into a dead end because he placed too much reliance on the Bible as a chronological measuring rod. This is a far-reaching reconstruction which begins with the start of literate civilization (actually introduced to the Nile Valley from Mesopotamia by the Abraham tribe) and ends with the conquest of Alexander. Other titles in the series: The Pyramid Age: Riddles of Time and Technology Ramessides, Medes and Persians
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Pages 272
Year: 2020
LC Classification: DT87.S93
Dewey code: 932'.014--dc22
BISAC: HIS002030 HISTORY / Ancient / Egypt
BISAC: HIS019000 HISTORY / Middle East / Israel
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