Re: 2900 BC vs. 2350 BC and Bible chronology

From: Terry M. Gray (
Date: Tue May 07 2002 - 12:39:04 EDT

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    >Have you read William Henry Green's Primeval Chronology (Bibliotheca
    >Sacra, 47(1890), 285-303)? I think it is the classic treatise on this
    >subject. It is printed as an appendix in Genesis 1 and the Origin of the
    >Earth by Newman and Eckelmann. His article compares the genealogies in the
    >Bible and notes the apparent discrepancies. He argues quite convincingly
    >that it was normal in Hebrew genealogies to skip generations in order to
    >make a segment have the desired number of generations. (Matthew 1 is
    >typical of this.)
    >Gordon Brown
    >Department of Mathematics
    >University of Colorado
    >Boulder, CO 80309-0395
    >On Mon, 6 May 2002 wrote:
    >> As I mentioned in a recent post to Dick, I have recently
    >>completed a several
    >> year long study of the historical records found in the scriptures, with a
    >> view to determining if the chronological information contained
    >>therein can be
    >> used, and was intended by God to be used, to accurately assign historical
    >> dates to various events recorded in the Old and New Testaments.
    >>I have come
    >> to the conclusion that the chronological information contained in
    >>the Bible's
    >> historical records was preserved there by God for us to use for that very
    >> purpose. I am convinced that the Bible itself, with the help of several
    >> "anchor" dates provided to us by secular historians, tells us that Noah's
    >> flood occurred in 2350 BC. I have thoroughly considered and
    >>dispensed of all
    >> arguments to the contrary, including the argument that the Genesis
    >> genealogies may contain "gaps" which some say are evidenced by a "second
    >> Cainan" not listed in the Genesis genealogies, who Luke is said to have
    >> listed in his genealogy of Christ.
    >> As has been noted, this 2350 BC date for Noah's flood is the
    >>same date that
    >> James Ussher assigned to the flood over 350 years ago based on
    >>his study of
    >> Bible chronology. In my opinion, Ussher got lucky. He ended up
    >>with the right
    >> date despite the fact that he had been off by over forty years in
    >>his dating
    >> of a very crucial event in Old testament history. That event was
    >>the division
    >> of the kingdom of Israel upon the death of Solomon. He dated that event to
    >> 976 BC, which cannot possibly be reconciled with several well established
    >> dates in Bible history.
    >> However, I believe Usher was correct in the literal way in which he
    >> understood the chronological information contained in the Genesis
    >> genealogies, which caused him to date Noah's flood at about 2350 BC
    >> (2349-2348). And in his 4004 dating of Adam's creation, though I
    >>prefer 4005.
    >> Mike

    Terry M. Gray, Ph.D., Computer Support Scientist
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    Fort Collins, Colorado  80523
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