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)Continue reading