PALESTINE EXPLORATION FUND. Quarterly Statement. In which is incorporated The Bulletin of the British School of Archaeology in Jerusalem. London, Palestine Exploration Fund, July 1931.
8vo. Original pictorial wrappers; pp. [viii], 113-178; with 7 leaves of photographs, one folding map with an accompanying annotated tissue guard, and various diagrams in the text; very minor rubbing to head and tail of spine; a near-fine copy of this quarterly publication, more elaborately produced than other issues previously encountered.
~b~First edition. 'In 1896, the Fund through its Palestine Exploration Fund Quarterly Statement aimed to illuminate the Bible for its readers with scholarly information about the land of the Bible' (Palestine Exploration Quarterly website). 'The Date of the Exodus. On one point I am going to ask you to be a little dogmatic. I think you must quite definitely make up your mind to discard what has come to be the conventional date for the Exodus. For some reason or other the date has been fixed (a) of the oppression to the reign of Rameses II, and (b) of the exodus to the reign of that Pharoah, whom I used to call Menephthah, but now apparently must call Merenptah. Nearly twenty years ago, I had to investigate the matter, and came to the conclusion that this date was certainly incorrect … [These dates are] entirely inconsistent with Biblical chronology, and I have for long wondered why historians have adhered to a theory which is inconsistent with the evidence' (p. 128, contribution to the Annual Meeting~i~).