Sodom and gomorrah archaeological dating
1433.) And it came to pass in the four hundred and eightieth year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon's reign over Israel, in the month Zif, which is the second month, that he began to build the house of the Lord.
As quoted by Josephus in Against Apion, Manetho stated that after the blasts of God's displeasure broke upon Egypt.
Counting back 30 years, implies Joseph went to Egypt at age ten, worked his way up to head servant, then prison for a minimum of two years (Joseph had time to become good friends with the head guard and the Wine Steward waited over two years before mentioning Joseph to the Pharaoh).
Jacob has a UFO experience [See Zecharia Sitchin, The 12th Planet, Avon Books, New York, 1976, pgs 136-137] -- before working for 14 years, and having ten kids before Joseph - adults when Joseph still 10?
A reason had to be found to justify this significant loss, so it was then that the idea of their being the One God's 'chosen people' arose.
Theophilus, a second-century Bishop of Antioch, also referred to Manetho and stated that the Hebrews were enslaved by the king Tethmosis, for whom they built strong cities, Peitho and Rameses and On, which is Heliopolis; then they departed Egypt under the Pharaoh whose name was Amasis.Abraham's ancestors were idolaters and polytheists (worshippers of many gods).Joshua reminds the people, "Long ago your forefathers, including Terah the father of Abraham and Nahor, lived beyond the River and worshiped other gods" (Joshua 24:2).As we begin our study of the life of Abraham, we'll be traveling back through time nearly 4,000 years into a semi-nomadic, Middle Bronze Age culture far removed from our own.While many of the customs will be explained in the lessons to follow, here's an introduction to Abraham's life and times.