Anonymous
Re: Chronology of the Judges
Mon Apr 30, 2018 15:13
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Rich McQuillen quotes Wikipedia:
"Biblical scholar Kenneth Kitchen argues that, from the conquest of Canaan by Joshua until the formation of the first Kingdom of Israel and Judah (ca. 11501025 BC).... [If] all the figures given in Judges (years of oppression, years the judges led Israel, years of peace achieved by the judges) are treated as consecutive, then the total duration of the events described in Judges is 410 years."

Anonymous II here:
Yes, I am of the same opinion regarding the 410 years; Mr. Kitchen's dates, however, are mistaken.

Rich McQuillen wrote:
"So the biblical text say 410 years, and Kitchen says 125 years for this period.... An undisclosed idea... what if the 410 years are really 410 seasons? And something got lost in translation? Then 410/4=102 years, and would conform with Kitchen."

Anonymous II here:
Ummm... and what if the 410 years were really 410 balloons and some got lost, then would there be enough left to lift Saul to the throne?

Sorry to be snarky but your proposal has ad hoc written all over it. Mr. Kitchen tried to reconcile two facts which to him were in contradiction: the Biblical record of the judges and the Merneptah stele on which the naming of the Israelites first appears in the archaeological record. The resolution does not have to suppose that historical "first mention" = "first existence." The Biblical record is what it is and the Merneptah stele is what it is--they do not have to be treated together in the manner Mr. Kitchen (and others) did. Treat them as harmonious and all is well--which is to say, the Biblical record is more complete on this score and the incomplete archaeological record must fit with the biblical here, not vice versa.

Anonymous II

  • Chronology of the JudgesRich McQuillen, Sun Apr 29 17:50
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biblical_judges "Biblical scholar Kenneth Kitchen argues that, from the conquest of Canaan by Joshua until the formation of the first Kingdom of Israel and Judah (ca.... more
    • Re: Chronology of the Judges — Anonymous, Mon Apr 30 15:13
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