[b-hebrew] actual Hebrew question about Daniel 9:25

Bryant J. Williams III bjwvmw at com-pair.net
Fri Sep 15 09:35:02 EDT 2006


Dear Peter,

Mea culpa, it is Artaxerxes I,

Rev Bryant J. Williams III

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Peter Kirk" <peter at qaya.org>
To: "Yigal Levin" <leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il>
Cc: "b-hebrew" <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Friday, September 15, 2006 4:48 AM
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] actual Hebrew question about Daniel 9:25


> On 15/09/2006 08:47, Yigal Levin wrote:
> > Peter Kirk asked:
> > I don't in fact know why no one seems to suggest that Nehemiah's
Artaxerxes
> > was also Artaxerxes II.
> >
> >
> > The reason is simple: Shemaiah and Delaiah, sons of Sanbalat, are
mentioned
> > in one the Elephantine papyri dated (independently) to 402/1, year 3 of
> > Artaxerxes II. This would mean that Nehemiah, Snabalat's contemporary,
would
> > have had to have lived before that date. The only possibility is
Artaxerxes
> > I, whose 20th year was 445. So that the date of Nehemiah's arrival as
> > governor of Yehud is "fixed" at 445. The question that remains is the
> > arrival of Ezra and his relationship with Nehemiah.
> >
> >
> Thank you. So a combination of this evidence and that of Nehemiah 8:1
> that Ezra and Nehemiah were contemporaries seems to prove that Ezra was
> around in the time of Artaxerxes I, not II, in the mid 5th century BCE,
> not the early 4th century.
>
> Bryant seems to be confused, mentioning "the 20th to the 32nd year of
> Artaxerxes II, 445 (444) - 433 (432) BCE" when in fact these seem to be
> dates of Artaxerxes I.
>
> -- 
> Peter Kirk
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