The King's Calendar : The Secret of Qumran is firstly a book; the result of ten years research into why chronological data recorded in the Bible doesn't get with history. To see what is contained in the book See The Chapter Precis Page on this the old website. To buy the book go to the new Purchase Page on the new website.
The King's Calendar : the Secret of Qumran is also the website you are now viewing (King's Calendar New Website (2016) is here). The Website contains a variety of 'Free to Air' chapters and appendices from the book, as well as many other academic articles (short extracts and/or discussions) about the research and its results.
The King's Calendar represents 10 years of research into why Academics have failed to solve the riddle of the obviously eroneous chronologies listed in the Bible for the kingdoms of Israel and Judah.
Working scientifically and mathematically, and using a very simple mathematical hypothesis and formula, (What is the King's Calendar?) the King's Calendar recreates the History of Israel and Judah. You can freely see how this works out for the Divided Kingdom Period (10th to 6th Centuries B.C.) by clicking onto the Appendix Five Chart on this website.
The mathematical principle is quite simple. The Essenes (presumably) came up with a strange calendar called the Jubilees Calendar which used a 364 day year (not 365.25 days). The theory (which seems supportable both mathematically and historically) is that someone divided this 364 days neatly into 7 day weeks. This came to 52 weeks. They divided this into 4 week months. This came to 13 months. They then calculated the history of the Jews into months, and neatly divided them up into 12 month periods.
It sounds all too simple, but when you look at the Chart linked above, you can see that despite all protestations to the contrary, the biblically recorded history of Israel and Judah for the Divided Kingdom period is not only quite neat, but when you begin to research the historical information provided by historians and archaeologists, It all fits!
In Fact: None of the chronological details revealed in the King's Calendar is contradicted by the archaeological record - bar one. And that concerns King Ahab. But as all academics say that that record concerning the Battle of Qarqar is full of lies anyway, it hardly matters!
Anyway! There you have it!
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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]