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The Genesis Chronicles: A Proposed History Of The Morning Of The World



My Biblical Chronology, From Adam to the Exile



To make the narrative easier to follow, on the pages where I discuss Biblical events, here are my dates for when the main characters of the Old Testament lived, reigned, etc. I draw these dates from a variety of sources, the main one being the Old Testament itself, of course. Though it has taken me thirty years of study to get to this point, I do not consider these dates to be "perfect" or "final." I have changed them in the past when new evidence came along that compelled me to do so, and I'll probably change some of them again in the future. For example, I use an ancient Egyptian myth to calculate the date for the Tower of Babel (363 years before the first pharaoh). And on my FAQ page, I explain why I don't use Archbishop Ussher's chronology, as many others do. In conclusion, let me say that these dates are consistent with all the historical material I have at this time.


A Proposed Chronology of the Old Testament Era

(all dates are B.C.)

From Adam to Babel


4936 The fall of man. Dates before this event cannot be measured, since from our point of view, entropy (and time) did not exist.
4936-4006Adam
4806-3894Seth
4701-3796Enosh
4611-3701Kenan
4541-3646Mahalalel
4476-3514Jared
4314-3949Enoch
4249-3280Methuselah
4062-3285Lamech
3880-2930Noah
3280The Deluge
3378-2778Shem
3278-2840Arphaxad
3243-2783Cainan
3213-2753Shalah
3183-2719Eber
3149-2910Peleg
3144The Tower of Babel incident

The Patriarchs


2082-1877Terah
1952-1777Abraham
1866-1729Ishmael
1852-1672Isaac
1792-1645Jacob
1713-1589Reuben
1710-1591Simeon
1708-1571Levi
1707-1588Judah
1704-1578Issachar
1703-1589Zebulun
1706-1582Dan
1705-1574Naphtali
1706-1582Gad
1705-1581Asher
1701-1591Joseph
1689-1564Benjamin
1662-1447 Sojourn in Egypt
1527-1407Moses
1487-1377Joshua
1447The Exodus

The Period of the Judges


1407 Beginning of the conquest of Canaan
1382 Joshua retires (Josephus puts an 18-year period with no judges in it here.)
1364-1356Mesopotamian oppression
1356-1316Othniel
1316-1298Moabite oppression
1298-1218Ehud (Possible time of the story of Ruth.)
1218Shamgar
1218-1198Canaanite oppression
1198-1158Deborah and Barak
1158-1151Midianite oppression
1151-1111Gideon
1114-1096Ammonite oppression
1114-1074Philistine oppression
1111-1108Abimelech
1108-1085Tola
1096-1090Jephthah
1094-1054Eli
1090-1083Ibzan
1085-1064Jair
1083-1073Elon
1074-1054Samson
1073-1065Abdon
1054-1024Samuel (dates come from Josephus)

The United Kingdom of Israel


1042-1010Saul
1010-1008Ishbosheth
1010-970David
970-930Solomon

The Divided Kingdom: Israel


930-910Jeroboam I
910-909Nadab
909-886Baasha
886-885Elah
885Zimri
885-874Omri
874-853Ahab
853-852Ahaziah
852-841Jehoram
841-814Jehu
814-798Jehoahaz
798-782Jehoash
793-753Jeroboam II
753-752Zechariah
752Shallum
752-742Menahem
742-740Pekahiah
752-732Pekah
732-723Hoshea
722(Assyria carries the northern kingdom into captivity.)

The Divided Kingdom: Judah


930-913Rehoboam
913-911Abijah
911-870Asa
873-848Jehoshaphat
853-841Joram
841Ahaziah
841-835Athaliah
835-796Joash
796-767Amaziah
791-740Uzziah
750-732Jotham
735-715Ahaz
729-687Hezekiah
696-641Manasseh
641-639Amon
639-608Josiah
608Jehoahaz
608-598Jehoiakim
598Jehoiachin
598-587Zedekiah
586(Nebuchadnezzar carries the Jews off to Babylon.)


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