A New Chronology for the Kings of Israel and Judah and Its Implications for Biblical History and Literature
For generations, scholars have attempted to solve the chronological problems associated with ""the mysterious numbers of the Hebrew kings."" In this volume, the authors provide a coherent, sensible, and believable chronology for the Israelite and Judean kings. In their reconstruction, Hayes and Hooker take into consideration not only all of the biblical data but also all relevant ancient Near Eastern sources. Utilizing all available and reliable evidence, they establish not only regnal years for all the rulers but also specific dates for numerous events in Israelite and Judean history. In their opening chapters, the authors explain the scheme of chronological reckoning found in the books of 1-2 Kings. Their calculations are then computed without recourse to shifting understandings of the methods of reckoning or to a theory of co-regencies. The value of this work is not limited to purely chronological matters. Its implications extend to the dating of biblical sources such as the Book of the Covenant, D, P, and the Deuteronomistic History. The volume also provides insights into the socio-cultic life of biblical times. ."" . . a lucid, carefully constructed new chronology . . . packed with fresh ideas and daring proposals . . . offering dates for many of the major events in the life of Israel and Judah, setting these events in their international context . . . making much more precise than is customary the dates of the biblical events."" - - Walter Harrelson, Vanderbilt University John H. Hayes is Professor of Old Testament at Emory University's Candler School of Theology. He is also the author of Understanding the Psalms and coauthor of A History of Ancient Israel and Judah (2006). Paul K. Hooker is an ordained Presbyterian minister and currently Executive Presbyter, Presbytery of St. Augustine, Jacksonville, Florida.
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