We’re looking at Jack Finegan’s HANDBOOK OF BIBLICAL CHRONOLOGY today. Half the book describes the problems with and the details of dating things in the Bible. We will be studying a few of those things.
First, let’s look at Abraham:
“…In the Bible record the entry of Abraham into Canaan appears to be put by the figures in the Hebrew text at about 1921 B.C. (Ussher), by the figures of the Septuagint at around 1700 B.C. Historically it is at least possible that the Amraphel of Gen 14:1 is to be identified with King Hammurabi of Babylon, and the latter is now probably to be dated about 1728-1686 B.C. [in 1964]”
And it came to pass in the days of Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch king of Eliasar, Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of nations; (Genesis 14:1; KJV)
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Today we’re going to look at Bible chronology. We’ve mentioned that some of the early Church Fathers tried to predict the End of the world, and we’ve already noticed some problems with that. With a cursory inspection, the Bible appears to be pretty straight forward in terms of time, because there are so many lists of ‘begats’ and many, many mentions of things that appear to provide an actual date, such as “in the fifteenth year of Tiberius”, or “at the end of the reign of Domitian.” Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. As an example, Sir Isaac Newton wrote 4500 pages on Bible chronology, and still couldn’t nail it down (I’ll include a link on the sources page to the Newton Project, where many of those pages are available in modern English). He did a whole chronology of the secular world as well, with somewhat better results. I think I read that his interest in astronomy started with trying to use reported astronomical events to provide dates for far distant historical events (he was only partially successful in doing that). And he was an undisputed genius.