How the Book of Judges matches 1 Kings 6:1

by Lujack Skylark
(Illinois)

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!

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Abraham and Philistines: 1150 BC
by: Walter R. Mattfeld

Abraham is dated by various scholars anywhere from 2200 to 1700 BC. Yes, the Bible claims Philistines lived in his world at Beersheba where he created his well. Did archaeologists "find" Abraham's well at Beersheba? Yes! Did they find any evidence of a Philistine presence when the well was made, recalling Philistines dispute with Abraham the ownership of this well? Yes, they found Philistine pottery sherds in the Beersheba well.

The "problem"? The sherds were dated to circa 1150 BC, 25 years _after_ the arrival of the Philistines in Canaan, according to the annals of Pharaoh Rameses III of Egypt who defeated their attempt to invade Egypt in 1175 BC. He claims to have settled them in Gaza, which was an Egyptian fortress at the time.

So archaeology "confirmed" the biblical story of Beersheba's well being created in a Philistine world, a world of the 12th century BC, NOT Abraham's world of 2200-1700 BC! Archaeology also confirmed that the words Rameses and Philistines are attested ONLY after 1200 BC and no earlier in Egyptian records.

The conclusion? The Bible was wrong, it was not the word of God! The narrator had gotten his facts mixed up. He had dated the Philistines and Rameses too early by several hundred centuries. Most Archaeologists today ignore the Bible as reliable history.

Only bible-believers accept its dating system which archaeology refutes. The Christian Apologists, of course, dismiss Archaeology's findings, obviously Satan and his Demons have "duped" the Scientists (Archaeologists and Geologists).

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Walter
by: Anonymous

You said the Philistines were mentioned first in Ramses III reign.

The Bible says Abimelech was a Philistine, and Abraham lived in the land of the Philistines. (Genesis 21:32-34)

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Walter
by: Lujack Skylark

Archaeology is not an exact science. Some archaeologist believe ancient Heshbon maybe Tel
Jubul, close by the Heshbon site.

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Walter
by: Lujack Skylark

Judge Jair was the first to build cities in Canaan.
He built 30 cities. (Judges 10:3-4)Before this time the Hebrews lived in the homes of the Canaanites they conquered. This is the reason archaeologists find no Hebrew homes in Canaan earlier.

Jair 1192-1170 B.C.

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Walter
by: Lujack Skylark

The land called Ramses is mentioned in Genesis 47:11 in the days Joseph lived. Joseph saw the 3rd generation. Genesis 50:23. Moses represents the fourth generation in Egypt.

Egyptian chronology is manufactured. The Sakkara kings list states the 7-10 & part of the 11th Egyptian dynasties did not exist. This means Pepi II reign, 2278-2184 B.C., is lowered to 2003-1913 B.C. & the next king after Pepi II is Mentuhotep II. Pepi II had trade with Sodom, a city soon destroyed after Pepi II died. Lot had connections with Sodom and Abraham prayed for the city.

Pepi II 2003-1913 B.C.
Mentuhotep II 1913-1862 B.C.
Mentuhotep III 1862-1850 B.C.
Mentuhotep IV 1850-1843 B.C.
Amenemhet I 1843-1813 B.C.
Senusret I 1813-1777 B.C.
Amenemhet II 1777-1743 B.C.
Senusret II 1743-1724 B.C. & Senusret III 1724-1685 B.C.

Joseph came to Egypt in Senusret III reign. Joseph worked with the economies of both Canaan & Egypt.(Genesis 47:13-17)

Abraham lived 1992-1817 B.C.
Isaac 1892-1712 B.C.
Jacob 1832-1685 B.C. and Joseph 1741-1631 B.C.
Amenemhet III 1685-1640 B.C. completes Bahr Yousef (Joseph's canal).

How can the Exodus be so late in history when Joseph represents the 3rd generation in Egypt?

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480 or 440 years?
by: Walter R. Mattfeld

The Septuaginta bible, composed at Alexandria, Egypt circa the 3rd century BC, gives 440 years as elapsing from the Exodus to Solomon's building of the temple, contradicting the Massoretic Text's 480 years.

Other problems?

Your Exodus, circa 1459 BC, is not confirmed by archaeology. The villages of Heshbon (modern Hisban)and Eleleah (modern El Al), which fell to Moses in Jordan, didn't come into existence before 1200 BC.

The Philistines whom Israel feared in the Exodus didn't arrive in Canaan until circa 1175 BC, in the reign of Pharaoh Rameses III who mentions their arrival.

Rameses as an Egyptian name doesn't appear in Egyptian records until Pharaoh Rameses I, circa 1300 BC.

Based on the archaeological evidence, most scholars date the Exodus to circa 1260 BC in a period where archaeology documents the name of Rameses and documents the Philistines in Canaan, and the sudden appearance of hundreds of villages in the area described in the Bible as settled by Joshua (Iron Age I, 1200-1100 BC).

In other words, the Bible's chronology is deemed unreliable according to the findings of archaeology.

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