The Mysterious Numbers of the Hebrew Kings

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Kregel Academic, 1970 - Religion - 253 pages
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For centuries scholars have puzzled over the problem of Old Testament chronology. One of the most difficult issues has been the synchronization of the reign of the Hebrew kings. The biblical records provide much information about these kings and how they relate to each other. But when all the information is put together it seems contradictory, as early as the third century B.C. attempts were made to correct these seeming errors in the biblical text. Solutions to these difficulties appeard even more remote as scholarship succeeded in determining the exact dates of events in acient Babylon and Assyria, and these dates seemed to be in hopeless conflict with the Bible.

Dr. Edwin R. Thiele has addressed these issues and solved the problems related to the chronology of the Hebrew kings. By carefully studying the biblical data, he determined the dating methods of the early Hebrew scribes. By following the principles established by these scribes, Dr. Thiele has succeeded in producing a chronology that is consistent with the scriptural records and the records of other nations of the ancient world.

From its first publication this book has been recognized as a classic in the field of biblical studies. In this revised third edition Dr. Thiele reexamines the records in light of recent scholarship, explores more fully the Hebrew dual dating system, and offers a careful rebuttal to Shenkel's thesis that the Septuagint provides a more accurate chronology than the Masoretic Text does. This new material and the revised material from previous editions make this a book of great value to all students of the Bible.

 

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User Review  - Robert Dee - Christianbook.com

Although the subject is sometimes difficult to follow (you'll need plenty of undistracted time for comprehension), Theile works through the problems of Hebrew Kings chronology very methodically. His ... Read full review

Review: The Mysterious Numbers of the Hebrew Kings

User Review  - J. B. - Christianbook.com

Overall, Mr. Thiele did a considerably good job harmonizing the reigns of the Kings of both Israel and Judah. He very clearly outlines the methods used by the chroniclers of these two kingdoms and how ... Read full review

Contents

The Problems of Old Testament Chronology
33
The Fundamental Principles of Hebrew Chronology
43
Coregencies and Rival Reigns
61
The Establishment of an Absolute Date in Hebrew Chronology
67
The Chronology of judah and Israel 930841 BC
79
The Chronology of Judah and Israel 841723 BC
103
The Contacts of TiglathPileser III With Azariah and Menahem
139
The Siege and Fall of Samaria
163
The Chronological Data of the Kings
215
The Dates of the Kings of Israel and Judah
217
The Ages of the Kings of Judah
218
Coregencies and Rival Reigns in Israel and Judah
219
Hebrew and Babylonian Months
220
The Assyrian Eponym List
221
The Rulers of Babylon and Persia According to the Canon of Ptolemy
227
Eclipses Establishing the Chronology of the Ancient Near East
229

The Chronology of the Kings of Judah 715561 BC
173
The Origin of the Book of Kings
193
In Conclusion
205
Appendixes
213
Glossary of Basic Terms
231
Bibliography
233
Indexes
243
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