[b-hebrew] Chronolgy Problems (Flood & Creation)

Karl Randolph kwrandolph at email.com
Tue Jan 31 12:37:56 EST 2006


This just illustrates why we avoid really arguing about 
dates on this forum - the earlier the date, the more 
variation there is.

In earlier discussions we noted that there is a variance of 
up to 50 years as to when Nehemiah rebuilt the walls of 
Jerusalem, 300 years as to when Pharaoh Raamses II 
lived, and so forth, according to published sources. Is it 
any surprise, then, that there should be so much variation 
in dates for events that happened much earlier, namely 
the flood and creation?

We haven't touched on copyist errors in manuscripts.

The bottom line is that we can't be sure about any of these 
dates. Therefore we should not argue about them.

Karl W. Randolph.

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "walter mattfeld" <mattfeld12 at charter.net> 
> I have recently updated my article on Noah's Flood (from a Secular Humanist
> viewpoint) with a brief exposition on the "problems" of establishing a
> chronology for the Flood (and of the Creation of the World). The problems?
> The Bible exists in differing recensions (Alexandrian LXX, Vaticanus LXX,
> Samaritan Pentateuch, Massoretic Text, Latin Vulgate) that preserve
> differing ages for the pre and post-flood patriarchs, also scholars differ
> among themselves as to what is the "correct methodology" in adding up the
> ages appearing in these _contradicting_ recensions. If intersted, cf. the
> below url and scroll down to the 29 Jan 2006 update:
> http://www.bibleorigins.net/NoahsArkillustrationPictureSumerianShuruppak.html
> Regards, Walter
> Walter Reinhold Warttig Mattfeld y de la Torre, M.A. Ed.
> mattfeld12 at charter.net
> www.bibleorigins.net

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