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David Down

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Born in 1919 in Australia, David Down's first encounter with archeology was in Melbourne during WWII.[1] The lecturer at a public meeting spoke of Daniel and the nations of Babylon and Medo-Persia in the Bible. David at first thought the Bible to be unlikely to be historically accurate and was surprised to find secular references to the same nations. He attended other lectures and was converted to faith in Christ.[1]

He moved into the study of Archeology when he was a missionary to India and had a chance to take his family to visit Israel by car. He camped in Babylon and visited other Biblical sites during a seven month trip.[1] Later as he was teaching Archeology he found several areas where the standard chronology (especially the Egyptian chronology) did not fit with Biblical data. Examples given were that Solomon's era was thought to be a time of poverty and the Pharaoh of the Exodus (Amenhotep II) was a mummy in the Cairo Museum rather than at the bottom of the Red Sea.[1] Then, when he read The Exodus Problem and Its Ramifications by Dr. Donovan Courville, he realized that the possible revised Egyptian chronology would solve most of the chronological problems.

Down feels that his familiarity with the Bible and awareness of the revised chronology gives him advantages in understanding the sites he is excavating and in interpreting artifacts.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Timing is everything: A talk with field archaeologist David Down by Tas Walker, Steve Cardno and Jonathan Sarfati Accessed 28 April 2011

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