Bible Chronology of the Period of the Judges
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12. Chronology of the Judges
13. 3 Suggested Changes YEARS PERIOD - 19 Desolation - 50 the Kings - 101 the Judges 170 Total Years Removed
14. CONFLICTING SCRIPTURES Acts 13:20 says Period of Judges = 450 years 1 Kings 6:1 says From Exodus to Solomons 4 th yr = 480 yrs So how does these texts conflict?
15. The only way to make 1 Kings 6:1 equal 480 years is to shorten the Period of the Judges from 450 down to 349 (or 350) years. 349 or 350 years
16. In Harvest Gleanings , p106, 6, Bro. Russell says regarding 1 Kg 6:1, Leaving 350 years for the period of the judges whereas the time as given in the Judges in 19 periods makes a total of 450 years. Admitting the single mistake of 480 years [in 1 Kings 6:1] for 580 in the Kings will set it right.
17. Acts 13:20 he gave them judges about the space of four hundred and fifty years , until Samuel the prophet... KJV
18. Paul mentions three other periods in the Bible. Acts 13:18 about 40 years in wilderness Acts 13:21 space of 40 yrs for Sauls reign Gal. 3:17 430 years Abraham to Exodus These periods are exact. Consistent to treat 450 yrs the same
19. 450 Years Dean Alford, one of the foremost Greek scholars of the 19th century, says of Acts 13:20, taking the words as they stand, no other sense can be given to them, than that the time of the judges lasted 450 years. The dative [years] implies the duration of the period between [these things] and Samuel the prophet, inclusive
20. Bible Scholars on 1 Kings 6:1 Barnes Notes says, Though the books of Joshua, Judges, and Samuel furnish us with no exact chronology, they still supply important chronological data data which seem to indicate for the interval between the Exodus and Solomon, a period considerably exceeding 480 years. For the years actually set down amount to at least 580
21. Bible Scholars on 1 Kings 6:1 F. C. Cook noting that the text was not free from suspicion , concludes that the words in the four hundred and eightieth year &c.,. are an interpolation into the sacred text which did not prevail before the third century. . .
22. Bible Scholars on 1 Kings 6:1 Hales says that the period of 480 years is itself a forgery , foisted into the Hebrew text of 1 Kings vi. 1. (Hales, volume I:221-222) and also says that The number in the Hebrew text, 480 years, is also spurious , as was proved in the review of the Jewish chronology. (Hales, volume I:298)
23. Bible Scholars on 1 Kings 6:1 The Imperial Bible-dictionary by PATRICK FAIRBAIRN: the statement in 1 Ki. vi. 1 is manifestly at variance with the data supplied by the history itself, there is no remedy but to admit that the text has been somehow corrupted . There is the less difficulty in making this admission, from the circumstance that there is no reference to this date by any of the various writers who compiled histories of the Jews from the materials supplied in the Bible down to Eusebius, who first employed it as the basis of some chronological hypothesis.
24. Bible Scholars on 1 Kings 6:1 JOSEPH ANUS, D.D. Usher makes the fourth period 480 years taking as his guide 1 Kings vi.1. But there are strong doubts concerning it. The LXX indicates by various readings the uncertainty of the text. In 2 Chron. iii. 2 (the parallel passage), there is no date. Josephus, Theophilus, and others who have left systems of chronology, seem to have been ignorant of this computation , which is first mentioned in the 4th century by Eusebius .
25. 1 Kings 6:1 It came to pass in the four hundred and eightieth year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomons reign over Israel, in the month of Zif, which is the second month, that he began to build the house of the LORD. KJV
26. Early Chronologists on 1 Kings 6:1 Early writers concerned with chronology make no reference to the 480 years of 1 Kings 6:1. Some refer to the period from the Exodus to Solomons 4 th year as about 100 years greater than 480 years.
27. Early Chronologists on 1 Kings 6:1 Origen quotes 1 Kings 6:1, WITHOUT the words in the four hundred eightieth year Theophilus gives the period as 566 years, yet he makes no reference to the supposed 480 years of 1 Kings 6:1.
28. Early Chronologists on 1 Kings 6:1 Clement observed that the majority of chronologists recorded this period between 576 and 595 years, yet he makes no reference to the supposed 480 years of 1 Kings 6:1. Josephus identifies this period as being 594 years.
29. Early Chronologists on 1 Kings 6:1 D o y o u b e l i e v e t h a t e a r l y C h r o n o l o g i s t s n e v e r r e a d 1 K i n g s 6 : 1 ?
30. EUSEBIUS Known as the Father of Church History
31. EUSEBIUS Eusebius says , The book of Kings expressly states that there were 480 years from the exodus until Solomon. But if we look at the dates of each of the judges, and also count separately the times of foreign rule which are mentioned in the book of Judges, there is a total of 600 years between Moses and Solomon.
32. EUSEBIUS 600 Error : period from Exodus to Solomons 4th Year (Should be 580 years.) - 40 in the wilderness - 27 Joshua plus dividing the land [This is an error as Joshua should be included in the 450 years below.] - 40 Sauls reign - 40 David reign - 4 Solomon (to building Temple starting in his 4th yr.) ------ = 450 Agrees with Acts 13:20 for Period of the Judges
33. The book of Kings clearly states that, from the exodus of the children of Israel until Solomon and the building of the temple, there was a total of 480 years. The third book of Kings [1 Kings 6:1] says as follows: "It happened in the 480th year" because the Jewish teachers, by a careful calculation, decided that the total came to 480 years EUSEBIUS
34. EUSEBIUS They did not count separately the years in which the foreigners are said to have ruled over the people [of Israel], but counted just the time that the judges ruled them , and included within this the periods of foreign domination. And this must be how it is done, because it is the only way that the total can be made to be 480 years.
35. EUSEBIUS CALCULATION 600 Exodus to Solomons 4 th year -120 Subtract total periods of oppressions ------- 480 Adjusted Exodus to Solomons 4 th year (calculation agrees with Jewish Teachers)
36. EUSEBIUS However, if we follow the account in the book of Kings, we will have a total of 480 years, because the 120 years, during which the Hebrews were ruled by foreigners, have been removed
37. EUSEBIUS Instead, the years of their enslavement will have been combined with the years of their freedom in a single total, which is how the Hebrews themselves count it .
38. EUSEBIUS That is how we will calculate the dates here, by assuming that the times of foreign rule are included in the number of years assigned to each of the judges.
39. EUSEBIUS 6 Division/Conquering of the Land (not in full control of it) 8 years servitude to king of Mesopotamia 18 years servitude to Moab 20 years servitude to Jabin 7 years bondage under Midian 3 years reign of Abimelech (oppression by a corrupt King) 18 years period of oppression of Ammon 40 years oppression by the Philistines ----- 120 Total Years Counting up the years of Oppressions
40. EUSEBIUS CALCULATION 600 Exodus to Solomons 4 th year -120 Subtract total periods of oppressions ------- 480 Adjusted Exodus to Solomons 4 th year (calculation agrees with Jewish Teachers) Do you agree with how the Jewish Teachers arrived at 480 years in 1 Kings 6:1?
41. EUSEBIUS ON THE SEPTUAGINT Eusebius notes the Septuagint reading on 1 Kings 6:1 is 440 years.
42. EUSEBIUS The book of Kings clearly states that, from the exodus of the children of Israel until Solomon and the building of the temple, there was a total of 440 years [ in the Septuagint ]; according to the Hebrew version, it was 480 years. ON THE SEPTUAGINT
43. EUSEBIUS The third book of Kings [1 Kings 6:1] says as follows: "It happened in the 440th year after the exodus out of Egypt, that Solomon began to build the house of the Lord." ON THE SEPTUAGINT
44. Septuagint Calculation 480 Exodus to Solomons 4th Year (per Jewish Teachers) - 40 Subtract Elis unfaithful Judgeship - ------ = 440 Exodus to Solomons 4th Year (per Septuagint) Our Suggestion
45. EUSEBIUS A n d n o w y o u k n o w t h e r e s t o f t h e s t o r y
46. CAN WE CALCULATE 450 YEARS DIRECTLY FROM THE BOOK OF JUDGES ITSELF?
47. Period Years Period Identity, Scripture Reference 59 Judgeship of Joshua and the elders that outlived him 1 8 Servitude to Mesopotamia Judges 3:8 2 40 Judgeship of Othniel 3:9-11 3 18 Servitude to Moab 3:1 4 80 Rest under Ehud 3:15-30 (Jabin in 20 th yr & Deborah 40 yr) 5 Servitude to Jabin 4:1-3 included above 6 Rest under Deborah 5:31 included above 7 7 Bondage under Midian 6:1 8 40 Rest under Gideon 8:28 9 3 Reign of Abimelech 9:1-22 10 23 Judgeship of Tola 10:1,2 11 22 Judgeship of Jair 10:3 300 (sub-total) Judges 11:26 12 6 Judgeship of Jephthah 12:7 13 7 Judgeship of Ibzan 12:8,9 14 10 Judgeship of Elon 12:10,11 15 8 Judgeship of Abdon 12:12-15 16 40 Oppression of Philistines 13:1 17 40 Judgeship of Eli 1Sam. 4:12-18 18 45 Judgeship of Samuel 8:5 19 -6 Subtract out 6 years for the dividing of the land 450 TOTAL Acts 13:20,21 Here is Bro. Morton Edgars attempt to add up all the Judges and arrive at 450 years. First 300 years agrees with Judges 11:26 Remaining 150 years or so completes the 450 years
48. Judges 11:26 While Israel lived in Heshbon and its villages, and in Aroer and its villages, and in all the cities that are on the banks of the Arnon, three hundred years , why did you not recover them within that time? - NASV
49. Period Years Period Identity, Scripture Reference 300 (sub-total) Judges 11:26 12 6 Judgeship of Jephthah 12:7 13 7 Judgeship of Ibzan 12:8,9 14 10 Judgeship of Elon 12:10,11 15 8 Judgeship of Abdon 12:12-15 16 40 Oppression of Philistines 13:1 17 40 Judgeship of Eli 1Sam. 4:12-18 18 45 Judgeship of Samuel 8:5 19 -6 Subtract out 6 years for the dividing of the land 450 TOTAL Acts 13:20,21 Some overlap these periods to reduce 156 years to 56 years Remaining years after Jephthas 300
50. Can 156 years be reduced down to 56 years with overlaps?
51. INTERNAL EVIDENCE FROM THE BOOK OF JUDGES Can the Period of the Judges be shortened to 349 years? Requirements: 1) Overlapping judges 2) Regional judges
52. INTERNAL EVIDENCE FROM THE BOOK OF JUDGES Can two or more Judges have judged at the same time? Can Judges have been over certain local regions or tribes rather than over the whole of Israel?
53. Can there be three Judges at the same time? 1) Jephtha, Ibzan & Elon 2) Samson 3) Samuel PROPOSED OVERLAPS TO REDUCE 156 YEARS
54. Local Judges? Othniel - Jg 3:10 - Judged Israel Ehud - Jg 3:15 - when the children of Israel cried out to the LORD, the LORD raised up a deliverer Deborah - Jg 4:4 was judging Israel at that time Gideon - Jg 6:14 the LORD said,"you shall save Israel Tola - Jg 10:2 there arose to save Israel Tola Jair - Jg 10:3 judged Israel Jephthah - Jg 12:7 judged Israel Ibzan - Jg 12:8 - judged Israel Elon Jg 12:11 - judged Israel Abdon - Jg 12:13 judged Israel Samson Jg 15:20 & 16:31 judged Israel Eli - 1 Sam 4:8 judged Israel Samuel - 1 Sam 7:15-17 - judged Israel
55. McClintock & Strong 1 Kings [6:1]... is generally adopted, partly on account of its agreement with Egyptian chronology. Most of the systems therefore shorten the time of the judges by reckoning the dates as inclusive or contemporary. But all these combinations are arbitrary . The same may be said of Keil's scheme, which is one of those least open to objection
56. McClintock & Strong He makes Jephthah and the three following judges contemporary with the 40 years of the Philistine oppression he arrives ultimately at the 480 years [of 1 Kings 6:1]. There is nothing in the book of Judges to warrant the supposition that the national unity was completely broken up, so that there ever were two independent judges ruling different parts of Israel:
57. PHILISTINE & AMORITE OPPRESSIONS Philistine Oppression Ammon Oppression Overlap ?
58. PHILISTINE & AMORITE OPPRESSIONS Did these oppressions begin as two long contemporaneous episodes, each affecting a different portion of Israel at the same time? Judges 10:7 So the anger of Yahweh kindled upon Israel,and he sold them into the hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the sons of Ammon; 8 and they enfeebled and oppressed the sons of Israel in that year ,eighteen years, did they this unto all the sons of Israel who were beyond the Jordan, in the land of the Amorites , that was in Gilead. - Rotherham
59. Judges 10:8 For eighteen years they oppressed all the Israelites on the east side of the Jordan in Gilead, the land of the Amorites . - NIV
60. PHILISTINE & AMORITE OPPRESSIONS Judg 13:1 And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD delivered them into the hand of the Philistines forty years . (KJV) Amorite oppression is not even mentioned.
61. JOSEPHUS TESTIMONY: After Abdon was dead, the Philistines overcame the Israelites and received tribute of them for forty years. Antiquities of the Jews, Cha 8, par 1.
62. DIFFICULTIES WITH OVERLAPS Why would not the other Judges have aided Samson in resisting the Philistines 1) Jephtha, Ibzan & Elon 2) Samson
63. IBZAN = BETHLEHEM SAMSON = ZORAH Samuel is associated with Shiloh, Bethel, Mizpah & Gilgal
64. SAMSON = ZORAH Samuel is associated with Shiloh, Bethel, Mizpah & Gilgal JEPHTHAH = GILEAD??
65. Where Did Jephthah Live? McClintock & Strong: Nor is there anything in the history which suggests the restriction of Jephthah's jurisdiction to the east of Jordan. On the contrary, Mizpeh of Gilead (Judges 11:29) seems to be distinguished from Mizpeh simply so called, where he took up his house (ver. 34), where he uttered all his words before the Lord (ver. 11),
66. Where Did Jephthah Live? McClintock & Strong: and where the children of Israel had assembled themselves together and encamped (Judges 10:17); and it will be difficult to assign a reason for thinking that this was not the Mizpeh in Benjamin , where at other times the people of the Lord were used to meet in those days (Judges 20:1; 1 Samuel 7:5, 6; 10:17)
67. SAMSON = ZORAH Samuel is associated with Shiloh, Bethel, Mizpah & Gilgal JEPHTHAH = MIZPAH
68. 1 Sam 7:15-17 15 And Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life . 16 He went from year to year on a circuit to Bethel, Gilgal, and Mizpah , and judged Israel in all those places. 17 But he always returned to Ramah, for his home was there. There he judged Israel , and there he built an altar to the LORD. NKJV
69. ABDON = EPHRAIM Samuel is associated with Bethel & Mizpah
70. Samson Destroys Temple of Dagon
71. Samson kills thousands, including Lords of Philistines. Philistines attack Israel at Mispeh, one year later? Is this plausible?
72. Judges 16:27 Now the temple was full of men and women. All the lords of the Philistines were there about three thousand men and women on the roof watching while Samson performed. the temple fell on the lords and all the people who were in it. All five Lords of the Philistines were killed.
73. Judges 16:27 Now the temple was full of men and women. All the lords of the Philistines were there about three thousand men and women on the roof watching while Samson performed. the temple fell on the lords and all the people who were in it. 3,000 people on the roof were killed as well as those in the temple.
74. Judges 16:24 "Our god has delivered into our hands our enemy, The destroyer of our land, And the one who multiplied our dead." The Philistines top military officers would not have been left off the invitation list of this celebration of the defeat of their greatest military enemy.
75. Judges 16:24 "Our god has delivered into our hands our enemy, The destroyer of our land, And the one who multiplied our dead." The top government leaders and businessmen would not have missed this momentous celebration.
76. This would have been more than just a major blow against the Philistines; it was a devastating surgical strike against the Philistines civil, military and financial structures , so damaging that it would have taken them years to fully recover, rebuild and reestablish their government, military and businesses.
77. Samson kills thousands, including Lords of Philistines. Philistines attack Israel at Mispeh, one year later? Is this plausible? Occurs in Judges 16 Occurs in 1 Sam 7 That is 11 chapters later Can the intervening events fit in one year?
78. These episodes are said to all have occurred much earlier in the Period of Judges. Judges 17 & 18 -- describe how the tribe of Dan went into lasting idolatry Judges 19-21 -- explain how the tribe of Benjamin was nearly exterminated 11 Chapters in 1 Year? How are the Intervening Events Explained?
79. Judges 16:31 And his brothers buried him [Samson] between Zorah and Eshtaol in the tomb of his father Manoah. He had judged Israel twenty years. NKJV 11 Chapters in 1 Year?
81. Judges 18:1,2 In those days the tribe of the Danites was seeking an inheritance for itself to dwell in; for until that day their inheritance among the tribes of Israel had not fallen to them. So the children of Dan sent five men of their family from their territory, men of valor from Zorah and Eshtaol, to spy out the land and search it. 11 Chapters in 1 Year?
82. Judges 18:29 And they called the name of the city Dan, after the name of Dan their father, who was born to Israel. However, the name of the city formerly was Laish. 11 Chapters in 1 Year?
83. This event had to follow the Samsons death since the Tribe of Dan was located in the south when Samson died.
84. Judges 20:1 Then all the children of Israel went out, and the congregation was gathered together as one man, from Dan [far north] even to Beersheba [far south], with the land of Gilead [east], to the LORD in Mizpeh. AKJV Israel gathered at Mizpeh This Second Intervening Event must have followed the First Intervening event since the home of the Tribe of Dan was now established in the north.
85. Conclusion: Last 5 chapters of Judges are sequential. Judges 16 At the time of Samson, the tribe of Dan is in the south, near Judah. Judges 18 Dan moves to NE extremity of Israel. Judges 20 Dan is called from NE extremity of Israel to join the other tribes at Mizpeh for battle against Benjamin. 11 Chapters in 1 Year?
86. Samson kills thousands, including Lords of Philistines. Philistines attack Israel at Mispeh, one year later? Is this plausible? Occurs in Judges 16 Occurs in 1 Sam 7 That is 11 chapters later 1 year not long enough for 2 episodes in last 5 chapters of Judges
87. * No mention is made of Philistine oppression in last five chapters of Judges * In the last episode, Israel calls an army to go against Benjamin, but does not use the army to free themselves from the Philistines, which demonstrates that Samson had already ended that oppression. 11 Chapters in 1 Year? Additional Considerations
88. * If the Philistines ruled Israel, they would not allow them to have weapons or to assemble an army as in 1 Samuel 13:19- 23, where Sauls men had no swords or spears because the Philistines permitted no blacksmiths in the land of Israel. 11 Chapters in 1 Year? Additional Considerations
89. 11 Chapters in 1 Year? Evidence from the first seven chapters of 1 Samuel.
90. Eli must have judged after Samson since at this time Dan had already moved to the north. 1 Sam 3:20 says, All Israel from Dan even to Beersheba knew that Samuel was confirmed as a prophet of the LORD. NAS95
91. In the first battle Israel had a standing army (1 Sam 4:11), but not in the second battle 20 years later (1 Sam 7). This was a new 20 year Philistine Oppression. If 1 Sam 4 was in the middle of a 40 year Philistine oppression, how could they have had a standing army?
92. Now after the death of Samson, Eli the high priest was governor of the Israelites . Antiquities of the Jews, Cha 9, par 1. JOSEPHUS TESTIMONY :
93. 1 Samuel 1-7 is not part of the 40 year oppression from the Judges because leading up to 1 Samuel 4, Israel was enjoying a period of peace and rest under Eli, in which the people could freely travel each year to Shiloh to worship.
94. Chronology of the Judges
96. Geneology of David Ruth 4:18-22 18 Now this is the genealogy of Perez: Perez begot Hezron; 19 Hezron begot Ram, and Ram begot Amminadab; 20 Amminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon; 21 Salmon begot Boaz, and Boaz begot Obed; 22 Obed begot Jesse, and Jesse begot David. NKJV
99. Matthew Genealogy " 6. In the pedigree of the kings of Judah, between Joram and Ozias (v. 8), there are three left out, namely, Ahaziah, Joash, and Amaziah; and therefore when it is said, Joram begat Ozias, it is meant, according to the usage of the Hebrew tongue, that Ozias was lineally descended from him , as it is said to Hezekiah that the sons which he should beget should be carried to Babylon, whereas they were removed several generations from him. (from Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible: New Modern Edition, Electronic Database. Copyright 1991 by Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.)"
100. HEZEKIAH In regard to the meaning of the word beget. 2 Kings 20:17-18 17 Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store unto this day, shall be carried into Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the LORD. 18 And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt beget , shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon. KJV [beget here is the same Hebrew word used in Ruth 4:18-22]
105. JEPHTHAH = GILEAD?? SAMSON = ZORAH Samuel is associated with Shiloh, Bethel, Mizpah & Gilgal