Topical Study tool for Students: Seder Olam: Cyrus the Great.This article has been designed for students as a quick study tool. It contains both basic information on the Seder Olam Rabbah, and links to articles about the Seder Olam Rabbah. For Information on King Cyrus, SEE: King Cyrus the Great : Reference File.
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This article has been designed for students as a quick study tool. It contains both basic information on the Seder Olam Rabbah, and links to articles about the Seder Olam Rabbah. For Information on King Cyrus, SEE:King Cyrus the Great : Reference File.
Note: This article was published in 2006 and since then some of the external links are no longer accessible. The core address of those links (i.e. without http or www) have been retained so that researchers can perhaps locate those articles in other places.
This particular page was created for those who know nothing about the Seder Olam Rabbah. Here in point fashion are some of the details provided on four websites, three of which are no longer in operation.
Jewish literature of second century A.D
Dated to about 160 AD.
It was first printed in 1514.
It is a Midrashic chronological work
Generally regarded as a work of the tanna Jose b. Halafta. [The "tannaim" were the masters of the "oral law," i.e. the men who wrote the Talmud.]
It is terribly flawed in the chronology it presents
Results in Adam having been created in 3760 B.C.
It attempts to chronologise ancient history from various ancient Israelite historical works
It is a chronological record extending from Adam to the revolt of Bar Kokba
It is complete only up to the time of Alexander the Great;
From Alexander to Hadrian occupies a very small portion at he end of 'chapter' 30.
Originally the "Seder 'Olam" was more extensive
In its present form the work consists of thirty chapters
Each ten chapters forms a section, or "gate."
It probably consisted of two parts
The 2nd part dealing with the post-Alexandrian period, has been lost
Many passages quoted in the Talmud are missing in the present edition of the "Seder 'Olam."
The writing style follows that of the Sadducees.
It is similar to the Ethiopic Book of Jubilees, although more coherent.
It records the destruction of the Second Temple as the year 3828 from Creation.
The author relates the 70 weeks prophecy of Daniel to the time between the destructions of the 1st and 2nd temples.
Since 2004 he has been writing academic articles, social commentaries and photographic 'Stories from China' both here at KingsCalendar, and formerly as a contributing columnist at Magic City Morning Star News (Maine USA) where from 2009 to 2015 he was Stand-in Editor. He currently has a column at iPatriot.com and teaches English to Business English and Flight Attendant College Students in Suzhou City Jiangsu Province People's Republic of China.)
BenDedek originally created the site to publicize his research results into the Chronology of Ancient Israel. Those results were published under the title: 'The King's Calendar: The Secret of Qumran.' Whilst there have been many attempts to solve the chronological riddle of the Bible's synchronisms of reigns of the kings of Israel and Judah and their synchronism with other Ancient Near Eastern Nations, no other research is based on a simple mathematical formula which could, if it is incorrect, be disproved easily. To date, no one has been able to dismiss the mathematical results of this research.
Free to air Academic articles set forth Apologetics for and results of his discovery of an "artificial chronological scheme" running through the Bible, Josephus, the Damascus Documents of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Seder Olam Rabbah. Check the Chapter Precis Page to see details of each chapter and to gain access to the Four Free to Air Chapters
(The Download book does not contain a section on Seder Olam)
Definition: King's Calendar Chronological Research
The Premise: Between the 5th and 3rd centuries BCE (but continuing down to at least 104 BCE), Sectarian redactors transcribed the legitimate 'solar year' chronological records of Israel and Judah, into an artificial form, with listed years as each comprised of 12 months of 4 weeks of 7 days, or 336 days per year, thus creating a 13th artificial year where 12 solar years existed.
When the Synchronous Chronological Data provided in the Books of Kings and Chronicles for the Divided Kingdom Period are measured in years of 336 days, the synchronisms actually align. [Refer to Appendix 5. to see how it synchronises the Divided Kingdom Period]