Welcome to 'The King's Calendar: The Secret of Qumran'.
The Primary purpose of this Website is to present R.P.BenDedek's Research results into the Chronological Synchronisms found in the Biblical Books of Kings and Chronicles. For a very long time now, Academics have claimed that the chronological data contained in these Biblical Books is confused, misleading or just plain wrong.
BenDedek's Research demonstrates that the chronological data provided in the Bible is in fact correct, and that we have failed to understand the way in which it was presented. The Research Results are demonstrated via a computer generated mathematical synchronous chronological reconstruction of the Divided Kingdom Period in the History of Ancient Israel (Appendix 5).
Additionally, Chapters One to Four and various appendices freely provide readers with all the necessary information and tools to scientifically test the results of this research for themselves.
A Secondary purpose of this Website is to investigate and discuss other issues and insights into the King's Calendar results (via articles and newsletters), which are either not freely available on line, or not discussed in the Full Purchase Download Version. These Articles and Newsletters can be found in the on site 'Articles' Section. (Upper Left Toolbar).
Additionally, this website has become a vehicle for R.P.BenDedek to share with readers, his photographs and experiences of life in China and his views and commentaries on Israel, the Middle East and Society in General, about which he writes in his Newspaper Column in the U.S.A.
King's Calendar Premise.
The King's Calendar operates on three fundamental premises.
It is the stated aim of this work to demonstrate that the chronological History of Israel and Judah, as is set forth principally in the books of Kings and Chronicles, is a true, accurate and legitimate history.
The most perplexing problem, not only for the lay person, but for historians as well, in understanding that history, is the matter of the "chronological synchronisms" found there.
When one attempts to reconstruct Jewish history, the Biblical data appears not only to be excessive of what is believed to be 'true history', but as well, seems at times to be self conflicting.
For this reason, the biblical chronological data has never been 'treated seriously' by academics. Their conclusion is that it is painfully obvious that the Biblical data has been communicated to us in a contaminated form, and that it therefore can be manipulated whenever and wherever in history that one wishes.
But yet, from what we know of the historical process of the transmission of biblical documents, serious contamination of the data ought not to be a possibility, for to all intents and purposes, the Biblical records have been painstakingly reproduced time and again, with the utmost care and accuracy.
Why then are we unable to synchronise the biblical chronological history, with the 'facts and evidence' of archaeological history? The answer is simple, yet polemical. To some it will be a blasphemy, to others, an absurdity. The contents of this book however, will nonetheless demonstrate it to be true.
The reason we have failed, is that biblical chronological history was not recorded using a standard recording methodology. Logic tell us that if the Bible ought to be correct, and the details as presented appear not to be correct, then obviously, we have failed to understand 'how it was recorded'.
That 'simple' recording process remained a closely guarded secret. The technique was very simple and originated in an ancient Sectarian Jewish belief that the solar year was comprised of 364 days. These years were then artificially divided into periods of seven (7) day weeks, four (4) week months, and twelve (12) month years. Each year created, then totalled only 336 days, effectively creating a thirteenth 'religious' year for every Twelve solar year period.
The purpose of this book, is to reconstruct an accurate solar history of the Jews, by presenting the biblical chronological synchronisms, in the fashion in which they were created. The 'King's Calendar' aim is to rationally examine Jewish Chronological History, from the perspective that the details in the Bible are correct.
In today's 'modern' world, we all far too readily 'follow the experts'. Investigating evidence ourselves and questioning whether or not the 'experts' deserve to be followed, or are even correct, is something we rarely do, but to quote Rabbi Moshe Ben-Chaim:
"The Rishonim hold that merely accepting what the Rabbis say without striving to understand with our minds is the furthest thing from the truth. Judaism is based on knowledge. An honest approach which demands conviction - an attitude which can only be reached by clear, rational arguments as exemplified by the Tanaim and Amoraim, the doctors of the Talmud". [ MESORA T.E.A.C.H. Torah Education and Community Homepages]
The 'King's Calendar', which represents 10 years of research into Biblical Synchronous Chronology, aims to do just what the Rabbi says; to clearly and rationally examine the matter, in an attempt to understand for 'ourselves', the truth of the matter which so many 'experts' deny; that the Biblical Details are correct.
Whilst Bible Chronology for the Divided Kingdom of Israel presents itself to be synchronous, it often does not appear not to be so, and exceeds the time frame which is historically available.
It is the hypothesis of this research that the Jubilee Calendar of the Essenes which measures 364 days per year, was artificially divided into thirteen months (13) of four (4) weeks of seven (7) days, with the thirteenth month being 'carried over' so to speak, so that every twelve (12) solar years, an extra year (13th) is created. By this process, real Jewish history was extended. Biblical Synchronisms from this perspective, do actually synchronise, and this will be demonstrated.
Two academic complaints laid against the 'King's Calendar' at this point in time, maintain that no proof has been offered to demonstrate that it was in fact the Dead Sea Sect (Essenes, Proto-Essenes, Hasidim, or whatever name you attach) that created this calendar, or that they inserted it into their history.
That however is NOT THE PURPOSE of this book. This book demonstrates the effectiveness of using a 336 day period for each 'YEAR' mentioned in Scripture and that the Synchronous Chronology of the Divided Kingdom, as presented in the Bible, is correct. We simply have never been able to see it before.
Note also, that in the process, the Chronology of Josephus, which up till now has also been considered to be completely unreliable, has been demonstrated to be both understandable, and reliable.
This Book opens with a brief discussion of the Dead Sea Sect, Qumran, Scriptural Transmission, The Essenes and the Teacher of Righteousness ONIAS III as an introduction to Chapters Two and Three, The Biblical Apologetics for this work.
Religious and Secular Academics, have been chasing their tails for over a century without getting any closer to 'solving' anything about Biblical Chronology. The purpose of this book is to demonstrate that the problem has been solved.
Here it is! It is Mathematical, it is demonstrable, it aligns with history, it answers lots of niggling questions, and finally, it gives the average person some reliable understanding of the historicity of the Bible.
Note however, that Chapters Two and Three are very difficult chapters, since they are apologetic in nature. Regular readers should first read Chapters One and Four before attempting the others. They should also look at Appendices 5 and 13, where they might see both the results of this work and the Scriptural references used.
Finding Myself in China: Eventually we piled in the bus and headed back to civilization. The Chinese guests did what all Chinese do on trips - they fell asleep. On our way back to Baotou via the airport at Dong He from whence the paying tourists ...