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The Mysterious Numbers of the Hebrew Kings [Paperback]

By Edwin R. Thiele (Author)
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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 re-examines 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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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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Studio: Kregel Academic & Professional
Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.02" Width: 6" Height: 0.57"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 10, 1994
Publisher   Kregel Academic & Professional
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  082543825X  
ISBN13  9780825438257  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Edwin R. Thiele (1895-1986) received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago and his D.D. from Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan. For sixteen years he worked in the editorial department of the Signs of the Times Publishing House in Shanghai, China. Following his time overseas, Dr. Thiele taught for twenty-six years in the Department of Religion at Emmanuel Missionary College in Berrien Springs. From 1963 to 1965 he served as Professor of Antiquity at Andrews University.

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The only mysterious thing is how Thiele came up with these numbers  Jul 25, 2006
Thiele does overturn the biblical chronology with his numerous co-regencies, which obviously sprang from the need to remove forty-five years from the history of the Kingdom of Judah. This, in turn, was due to Theile's almost religious reliance on some expert's interpretation of the Assyrian eponym lists, which are not even extant except as fragments. It takes creative interpretation of these fragments to even place the Assyrian kings at a particular time in history, and these are no grounds to overthrow the biblical chronology, which can be cross-checked from the separate data banks in the books of Kings and Chronicles. True, there are discrepencies in this data, but the crumbled cuneiform records of Assyria and Babylon are not the place to look in solving them. All the information needed is in the Bible itself. All we need to know to tie the biblical record in with history is the date of Nebuchadnezzar's ascension--and yes, a co-regency WAS involved.
 
Explaining the Difference  Mar 18, 2006
Finally! Someone has resolved the discrepancies between the reigns of the Judean and Hebrew kings... and in such a way that the very fact an explanation so intricate can actually work in every detail (and mesh with the chronology of the rest of the Middle East) gives it all the more credibility. For anyone interested in an area of history where the bible was thought to be "obviously wrong and inconsistent" and proven otherwise, this book is for you.

With all due respect to the preceding reviewer, her argument is based on an interpretation of the prophecy of Ezekiel that I would find flawed. Her conclusion is interpretative and not historical in nature. Thiele's argument does not rest on her interpretation of the prophecy.
 
Unscriptural Chronology  Aug 12, 2001
The prophecy of Ezekiel 4:1-6 predicted a period of 390 years for Israel's defection. The defection started at the beginning of Jeroboam's reign and was completed at the seige of Jerusalem. Dr Theile ignored this prophecy and shortened the period by introducing coregencies and dual reigns. Thiele's coregencies and dual reigns are unscriptual.

The scriptures clearly stated that Jeroboam II began to reign in the 15th year of Amaziah. However, Dr Theile placed the commencement of Jeroboam's reign in the 5th year of Joash (from a suggested partnership). This has resulted in a twelve year problem throughout his entire chronology of the Hebrew Kings. He has added coregiencies and dual reigns in order to sinchronize the kings, hence the prophecy has been shortened by forty-five years.

When the Bible is taken as read, the chronology is simplified. The reigns of the kings sinchronize and total 390 years. The accuracy of the Scriptures is maintained. The chronology of Israel and Judah with their contemporaries Assyria and Babylon is outlined in my book "Chronology of the Hebrew Divided Kingdom" and can be used in conjuction with Dr. Theile's book. For the study of an accurate chronology, this book is a must!!

 
Unscriptural Chronology  Aug 12, 2001
The prophecy of Ezekiel 4:1-6 predicted a period of 390 years for Israel's defection. The defection started at the beginning of Jeroboam's reign and was completed at the seige of Jerusalem. Dr Theile ignored this prophecy and shortened the period by introducing coregencies and dual reigns. Thiele's coregencies and dual reigns are unscriptual. The scriptures clearly stated that Jeroboam II began to reign in the 15th year of Amaziah. However, Dr Theile placed the commencement of Jeroboam's reign in the 5th year of Joash (from a suggested partnership). This has resulted in a twelve year problem throughout his entire chronology of the Hebrew Kings. He has added coregencies and dual reigns in order to synchronize the kings, hence the prophecy has been shortened by forty-five years.
When the Bible is taken as read, the chronology is simplified. The reigns of the kings synchronize and total 390 years. The accuracy of the Scriptures is maintained. The chronology of Israel and Judah with their contemporaries Assyria and Babylon is outlined in my book "Chronology of the Hebrew Divided Kingdom" and can be used in conjuction with Dr. Theile's book. For the study of an accurate chronology, this book is a must! ...
 
chronology at its best  Aug 1, 2001
Whether you are interested in Christian, Egyptian, or Middle East history or chronology in the period from the death of Solomon till the last king of Judah; this book is a must. The writing itself is maybe not of the most spellbounding type. The core of the matter, however, is the detailed search for the exact years and the synchronism between the historic dates of the kings of Israel, Judah, some Egyptian and "Levant" rulers. And that is brilliant.
 

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