Bible chronology for that period of time (745BC to 701 BC) is'completely screwed up.' Apologetics for and the results of R.P.BenDedek's discovery of an "artificial chronological scheme" running through the Books of the Bible, Josephus,the Damascus Documents of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Seder Olam Rabbah.
Just about everything to do with King Hezekiah of Judah is interesting and perplexing, because Bible chronology for that period of time (745BC to 701 BC) is, to put it into the vernacular, 'completely screwed up.' Every man and his dog has tried to figure out the chronology of events for this period of time, and everyone comes up with different results. At the end of this article there are some articles listed that will help put some of these issues into perspective.
The King's Calendar operates on two fundamental premises. The first is that the chronological records contained in the Bible are Artificial. and the second is that the Old Testament records are a reliable and trustworthy History of Israel.
Who was Hezekiah's Father?
According to 2 Kings 15:33 Jotham was 25 years of age when he commenced to reign and reigned 16 years. A total age of 41 years.
2 Kings 16:2 states that Ahaz was 20 years old when he commenced to reign, and reigned 16 years, a total of 36 years,
According to 2 Kings 18:2, Hezekiah was 25 years old when he commenced to reign, reigning 29 years to the age of 54 years.
Since Hezekiah's first year commences in 714 BC, [justified in the abovementioned articles], backdating the personal data from 714 BC, reveals an interesting situation.
By the standard of the 'King's Calendar,'
Hezekiah was born in 737/36 BC
During Jotham's 7th/8th regnal year,
At which time, Ahaz was only Eleven/twelve years of age,
And Jotham was thirty/thirty-one years of age.
Therefore, Ahaz was not Hezekiah's father
1. Ahaz was either Jotham's son or brother.
2. For the Isaianic prophecy (Isaiah 7:10-16) to relate to Judean oppression at the hands of Rezin and Pekah, the prophecy was given to Jotham, not Ahaz,
3. The Prophecy must be dated prior to 737 BC. for it to relate to Hezekiah's birth
Note that this is before the current date set for The Syro-Ephraimitic War. See Nebuchadrezzar (Nebuchadnezzar) : King Hezekiah Of Judah : The Syro-Ephraimitic War.
Also Note That at the time Hezekiah was born Jotham was 32 years of age, but only if the reference to his age is calculated from his sole and independent reign
Many would argue that he was 25 when he commenced his co-regency
Isaiah 7:10-16 The Prophecy
Verse 1 - And it came to pass in the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, that Rezin the king of Aram, and Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, went up to Jerusalem to war against it; but could not prevail against it.Biblically and historically incorrect
Verse 10 - And the LORD spoke again unto Ahaz, saying
Verse 14 - Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign: behold, the young woman shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel
The Redactorial Error
The contention of the King's Calendar is that the redactors confused the Hebrew names of Jotham (Jehoahaz ie. JHHZ), Ahaz (Ahaziah ie. HZH) and Hezekiah (ie. HZKH).
Whilst only speculation, the significance of the prophecy announcing Hezekiah's birth, may be tied up with 2 Chronicles 28:7, in which it is specifically stated that Pekah of Israel killed Ahaz' (read Jotham's) son Maaseiah. If Ahaz was Jotham's brother, and Jotham's son had been killed, then he had no heir other than Ahaz. So the prophecy was reassurance that an heir would be provided.
Isaiah's prophecy concerning the 'child born of a young woman of marriageable age, was given very shortly after Pekah and Rezin teamed up. Verse one appears to be a summary introducing the story. Verse two links Isaiah's prophecy to the initial discovery of the conspiracy; "When the house of David was told, 'Syria is in league with Ephraim.'
Verse fourteen provides the promise of a child, 'A young woman shall conceive and bear a son and shall call his name Immanuel,' and verse sixteen indicates the time span before the downfall of the two kings, 'For before the child knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land before whose two kings you are in dread will be deserted.'
Certainly by 732 BC when Hezekiah was five years old, Damascus was in ruins, and by the age of sixteen years, so too was Samaria (722 BC).
Mao Wenwen reminded me that when she was my student I would often refer to her as Mao Zedong. I do that sometimes – calling students by the names of famous or infamous people. Paying honor to me as her English teacher Mao Wenwen provided me the coffee free of charge (courtesy of the management). She also invited Johnny and me to come inside and take a look around, and once I did, I decided that I wanted to come back to take photos. Receiving permission from the owner, all I needed was the chance to get back.
I’m sure if you understand what Sociology is that you would find my statement rather strange for it leads to the question of what impact the King’s Calendar Research Result has on society and societal problems. But before we go look at that aspect, I want to talk about the personal aspect – MY aspect.
The demolition came as row between the church and government escalated over allegations the church refused to pay a £450 arbitrary road usage fee. Pastor Zhang Di was summoned for questioning last month and accused of assaulting police officers and attacking a village official. So when I read reports as in the link you sent and see the ACTUAL TRUTH in the middle of the article, I know that there is a lot more going on than is being reported.
Well obviously I am misrepresenting the meaning of the protester here. What they mean is that they support the right of one section of society to have and to hold their own culture and beliefs and they do this by protesting against another section of society’s right to have and to hold their own culture and beliefs.
As for a non-Muslim who posits that Islamic Terrorists do not truly practice Islam or truly believe in Allah, they are speaking either from complete ignorance, or subjective rationale relative to whatever it is that they have been told, or heard, or read. The word subjective relates a personal position relative to a particular situation. That does not of course mean that the subjective perception is ABSOLUTELY / ULTIMATELY incorrect. It may well be correct – the ultimately provable fact of the matter.
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So there you have it. The Patriarch Joseph was born in 1683BC. He was set over the Kingdom of Egypt in 1656BC. The Israelite Sojourn in Egypt commenced in 1648BC. Joseph died in 1582BC. The Hyksos were expelled in 1554BC. Moses was born in 1523BC.The Exodus commenced in 1449BC. The Israelites entered Caanan in 1412BC and 480 years later in the 4th year of Solomon the first temple commenced construction in 970 BC.
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]