How the Book of Judges matches 1 Kings 6:1
by Lujack Skylark
There are 480 years between the Exodus and Solomon's fourth year. The book of Judges shows that figure to be higher. If we say in the 8th year of Othniel-Cushan-Rishathaim was defeated, and in Ehud's 18th year Moab was defeated-we unlock the key to making Judges fit into 1 Kings 6:1.
Exodus 1495 B.C.
Joshua at Jericho 1455 B.C.
1418-1378 B.C. Othniel's 8th year he defeats Cush-Rishathaim.
1378-1298 B.C. Ehud's 18th year he defeats the Moabites.
1298-1258 B.C. Deborah and Barak defeat Jabin in their 20th year 1278 B.C.
1258-1218 B.C. Gideon defeats the Midianites in his 7th year 1251 B.C.
1218-1215 B.C. Abimelech slays his 70 brothers. 1215-1192 B.C. Tola reigns over Israel.
1192-1170 B.C. Jair reigns over Israel.
1170-1152 B.C. Ammon takes over Israel for 18 years.
Who are the Judges?
1170-1163 B.C. Ibzan
1170-1163 B.C. Elon
1163-1153 B.C. Jephthah defeats Ammon in 1152 B.C. Jephthah 1153-1147 B.C.
Judges 11:26 1452-1152 B.C.
300 years works perfectly!
1147-1139 B.C. Abdon reigns as judge.
1139-1099 B.C. the Philistines oppress Israel. 1099-1059 B.C. King Saul reigns.
1059-1019 B.C. King David reigns
1019-979 B.C. King Solomon reigns.
1 Kings 6:1 4th year is 1015 B.C. 480 years after the 1495 B.C. Exodus.
We see the numbers match. Judges 11:26 the 300 years from conquest to Jephthah and 1 Kings 6:1 480 years from Exodus to Solomon's 4th year. The mystery is solved!