I date Joshua to around 1145 to 1130 BC. I date David to around 1000 BC and Solomon to about 963.
Joshua would have been the first leader after Moses. "The Exodus," actually the Egyptian mining operations in Sinai, ended when Ramses VI decided he couldn't afford them and pulled their funding. The now-unemployed miners returned home to Caanan, bringing some of their Egyptian compatriots along. Those who didn't have homes to return to had to get some and became bandits, raiding settlements in Caanan - that's Joshua's war - raids by bandits. The First Battle of Armagedon was fought about 1130 BC. According to legend, it marks the beginning of a Jewish state. The second battle is the one feared in the Apocolypse.:
Hebron was built "seven years before Zoane." The "building" of Zoane took place during the reign of Psusennes I about 1000 BC when Zoane became the capitol of Egypt. According to the OT, David spent the first seven years of his reign building Hebron. Both cities had been around for 200+ years at the time, so this part is a little vague, but I date the building of Hebron, and thus, King David, by the building of Zoane. So we're looking at David moving his capitol to Jerusalem in about 993 BC. Personally, I doubt we're talking about anything much bigger than a mud hut, here. David was a tribal chieftain, even though he was later styled "king."
Solomon's temple was built three years after Solomon began his reign and 480 years after "the Exodus." One prototype for Moses was the Egyptian priest Djehute. When Thutmoses III took the throne, Djehuti was on the wrong side and had to leave town in a hurry. That was about 1452 to 1446 - dates a little vague here. 480 years later is about 966 BC, putting Solomon at about 969 BC. As this is about 60 years before the oldest known Hebrew writing, it is probable that the legend grew a little before it got written down.
I have a queation. The isrealites and the eyptains practisted circumcision. Why did moses wife have do him.
Your forgetting the judges period.
Edited by danielost, 17 March 2013 - 05:30 PM.