David Rohl’s books have convinced me that he is one of the most brilliant and original minds now engaged in writing ancient history. If he hadn't been a historian he would have been a terrific mystery writer.
The Daily Express newspaper went so far as to state that ‘when it comes to exploring, David Rohl makes Indiana Jones look like an under-achiever.’ Always controversial, Rohl is not only a best-selling writer but also an explorer, TV presenter, internationally renowned public lecturer, composer, musician, record producer, photographer and former Archaeology Correspondent for one of the UK’s leading newspapers.
With degrees in Egyptology, Ancient History, Mycenaean Archaeology and Levantine Archaeology, Rohl is a genuine scholar with a full list of academic credentials, but, at the same time, is seen as a highly original thinker. The Kirkus Review called his best-selling first book ‘a ground breaking analysis of archaeological evidence for the historicity of the early books of the Old Testament … a work with profound implications for both Biblical and Egyptian history … a breathtaking archaeological tour de force.’
David’s popularity stems principally from his internationally acclaimed TV series ‘Pharaohs and Kings’ (1995), which has been seen by millions around the world, and for the best-selling book A Test of Time (translated into twelve languages). The documentary ‘In Search of Eden’ has also reached a huge audience and is constantly being repeated on the satellite channels.
Comment from Anthony van der Elst
(Chairman of the Institute for the Study of Interdisciplinary Sciences, London)
For most of the last 200 years the academic trend had been to reduce the value of the Old Testament from historically useful narrative to worthless fiction. The most published, most translated, most famous writings on the planet were no better than Harry Potter, and any scholar with the temerity to suggest that they were even a potential source of real history was derided as a crank. Then everything changed when, in 1995, a gifted and compelling voice demanded critical re-examination of the evidence. Crucial assumptions, handed on down through the years from professor to student, had received little such examination. Inconveniently obscure or confused periods tidied generations ago into ‘Dark Ages’ or ‘Intermediate Periods’ had become straight-jackets creaking with the double strain of unresolved contradictions and the insistent questions of modern scholarship. With his first book, A Test of Time, Egyptologist David Rohl burst upon the scene and, in the words of the Sunday Times, ‘set the academic world on its ear’.
A consummate communicator, Rohl writes and lectures brilliantly and is one of that rare breed of scholars who can talk to a lay public without condescension and with real passion. Reading Rohl, watching his television programmes or listening to his lectures, one is impressed by a wide-ranging mind completely at home in a familiar landscape. His obvious mastery of the subject, the clarity with which he lays bare the disturbing inconsistencies he is challenging, his impressive marshalling of facts and the lucidity of his arguments mark him out as an important voice in archaeology. Rohl is a fiendishly clever writer. He even manages the trick of occasionally letting his readers get ahead of him so that they work out a conclusion before he suggests it. No wonder his arguments are persuasive – you worked them out for yourself! As a detective story for intelligent, inquisitive people his seminal work, A Test of Time, is unmatched.
A Test of Time: The Bible – From Myth to History
Published in September 1995 by Century (Random House) in the UK
Published in February 1996 by Crown in the USA
Translations into German, Dutch, Polish, Japanese, Korean
TV Series ‘Pharaohs and Kings’ by Channel Four and Discovery to accompany the book
Sunday Times Magazine cover story
Reached number two in the Sunday Times bestseller list
Sunday Times: ‘The New Book of Revelations … A scholarly theory that has set the academic world on its ear.’ ‘A rock and roll archaeologist is rewriting holy history.’
Kirkus Review: ‘A ground breaking analysis of archaeological evidence for the historicity of the early books of the Old Testament … a work with profound implications for both biblical and Egyptian history. A breathtaking archaeological tour de force, persuasively argued, sure to be controversial.’
Seattle Times: ‘This handsomely illustrated book is a treasure.’
Al-Ahram (Egypt): ‘Few authors can boast of making the bestseller list ahead of publication. David Rohl is one those few.’
Legend: The Genesis of Civilisation
Published in September 1998 by Century in the UK
Translations into Italian, Polish, Hungarian, Russian, Turkish
TV Documentary ‘In Search of Eden’ by Discovery two years after the book came out
Sunday Times Magazine cover story
Der Spiegel cover story
Jerusalem Report cover story
Reached number six in the Sunday Times bestseller list
Sunday Times: ‘The likeliest location of the Garden of Eden is by no means the only jaw-dropper in Rohl’s new book … but then that’s true to form … Rohl’s real achievement is the way in which he has pieced the evidence together into a coherent, properly magnificent story, the first of all stories, for the first time.’
Daily Mail: ‘The Bible, it seems, is back in business.’
Daily Express: ‘When it comes to exploring, David Rohl makes Indiana Jones look like an under-achiever … Rohl is Britain’s highest profile Egyptologist.’
The Lost Testament: A 5000-year History of the People of the Bible
Published in November 2003 by Century in the UK
Translations in Italian, Polish, Hungarian and Russian
Sunday Times Magazine article
Sunday Times: ‘How Myth became history.’ ‘Rohl’s packs more into one book than most archaeologists-historians would attempt to set down in a lifetime.’
Daily Express: ‘The British explorer who is outdoing Hollywood’s Indiana Jones.’
The Lords of Avaris: Uncovering the Legendary Origins of the Western World
Published in February 2007 by Century in the UK
Colin Wilson, Archaeology Correspondent for the Daily Mail: ‘The Lords of Avaris left me stunned and, like his previous books, convinced me that David Rohl is one of the most brilliant and original minds now engaged in writing ancient history. If he hadn't been a historian he would have been a terrific mystery writer.’
Exodus – Myth or History?
Published in May 2015 by Thinking Man Media in the USA
Available from www.patternsofevidence.com
David's book 'From Eden To Exile' available from Greenleaf Press: