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by Jacques Gauvin (2013 revised January 5, 2017)

I have seen a number of Bible timelines. Some can be viewed on the internet. I even have some hard copies in my possession. They all have one thing in common, they contain errors. There are other Timelines that do not use the Bible as a source of information.

I recently did a study and determined some of the key dates in Biblical history. My findings have been verified by a few but most published Timelines disagree. I cannot tell you why they contain error but I will say that it appears to be deliberate in some cases.

The following figures are subject to a little error since the Bible only reveals the age of the fathers in years and not in days, months and years. If we were able to take into consideration the months and days we might derive slightly different sums.

Adam was created. (Genesis 1:26,27 and 2:7)

1558 years later Shem was born. (Genesis 5 and 11:10)

1656 years after Adam was created, since Adam (SA), the flood came. (Genesis 7:6, 11)

1948 SA, Abraham (Abram) was born. (Genesis 11:10-26) The exact age of Terah when Abraham was born is not given. This allows for a little leeway of perhaps a year or two in the dates. I used 70 as the age of Terah when Abraham was born.

2028 SA, Abraham is 80 years old, +/- 5 years, when God made a covenant with him. (Genesis 15:18 and Galatians 3:17)

2238 SA, Jacob and company arrive in Egypt. (Gen. 47:5,9 and Gen. 21:5, 25:26)

2255 SA, Jacob dies at the age of 147. (Gen. 47:28)

{2668 SA, Israel leaves Egypt after a 430 year stay. This is inappropriate use of the 430 year period due to Galatians 3:17 and Exodus 12:40-41 (see Septuagint).}

2458 SA, Israel leaves Egypt. (Galatians 3:17, Genesis 15:18 and Exodus 12:40-41) (2028 + 430 = 2458)

2938 SA, 480 years after leaving Egypt, Solomon begins the construction of the Temple. (1 Kings 6:1)

According to some Timelines the dates given for Solomon beginning to build the Temple are years 1015 BC, 967 BC, 966 BC, 961 BC, 960 BC, 916 BC.

Dates derived for the Reign of Solomon are 1019-979 BC, 971-930 BC, 970-931 BC, 920-880 BC according to other sources.

These dates are apparently derived by scholars. So you can see that scholars disagree with each other quite a bit. For my exercise I will chose the year 965 BC as the year that Solomon began to build the Temple. This is 50 years away from the earliest date and 50 years away from the latest date that the scholars determined.

Using this date we can determine the date of the creation on Adam as 3903 BC, (965 + 2938) with a plus/minus factor of 55 years, +/- 5 years for the date of the covenant and +/- 50 years for the date the scholars determined.

6000 years from Adam brings us to the year 2098 AD +/- 55 years, since there is no year zero (6000 minus 3903 + 1 = 2098).

Pardon my human condition of limited knowledge but the best I can estimate is that we are in the year 5919 +/- 55 years since the creation of Adam, this being October 3, 2016 AD, the Day Of Trumpets. This means that we may be as little as 26 years from the year 6000 or as many as 136 years away from the year 6000.

I believe that we are much closer to 26 years away from Christ's return than 136 years away and so I will assume that we are in the year 5974 since the creation of Adam (SA), as of January 2018.

6000 SA = 2098 AD +/- 55 yrs, from 2043 AD to 2153 AD, 26 yrs away to 136 yrs away.

If 4000 SA = JC death in 31 AD, then 2018 AD = 5987 SA, 4000 + 1987, (2018 AD - 31 AD), then only 13 yrs to 6000 SA. This would mean that the historians all missed the mark. We would stand at -66 years from the average historian's date for Solomon's reign.

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