David Rohl is an English Egyptologist, historian and archaeologist specialising in the historical relationship between pharaonic Egypt and the Old Testament. He is also a television documentary presenter known principally for his internationally acclaimed series ‘Pharaohs and Kings’ (1995) and ‘In Search of Eden’ (2001), which have been seen by millions around the world, and for his best-selling book A Test of Time: The Bible – From Myth to History (published in the USA as Pharaohs and Kings – A Biblical Quest).
 
With his University College London degree in Egyptology, Levantine Archaeology and Ancient History, David Rohl is a genuine scholar with a full set of academic credentials, but, at the same time, is seen by many as a highly original thinker. The Kirkus Review called his A Test of Time ‘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.'
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 a critical re-examination of the evidence. 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 David 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.    
 
Anthony van der Elst
(Chairman Emeritus of the Institute for the Study of Interdisciplinary Sciences)
 
 
 
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.
 
Colin Wilson
(Archaeology Correspondent, Daily Mail)