Dating of the earth
This makes a specific total of 480 years and 19 days.
(See also 1 Kings and 2 Chronicles 3:1-2.) Return to Text Some have considered this period to be much longer, because the individual chronological statements add up to considerably more than 480 years.
Since Christ is recorded as having referred to Noah’s Flood as a past event it should be obvious that we need data that will take us back beyond 2,000 years.
The next date we can put down with reliable certainty is 967 .
Lastly, I assume that the best way of using information from one part of the Bible is to use it the way the Biblical writers used it or referred to it in other parts of the Bible. Since we exist in the present, we are really trying to find information that will enable us to add up the years between us and Noah’s Flood.
(See Appendix 4.) The statements of genealogy in Genesis -26, are father-son statements and link Abraham to Noah’s son, Shem. Their year of birth against their father’s age is listed and their father is named.
These chronologies do not have missing generations; there are no gaps. Since 9 names are mentioned it is 350 years ± 9 (9 margins of error of up to 1 year each).
Firstly, I will take a brief look at the assumptions or starting points which I will use.
I must assume or believe to be true that the information about dates does exist in the Bible (otherwise I would not start to look).
96–136.] According to Exodus 12:6, the Exodus commenced on the 14th day of the first month (Abib).