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The Reconstructed Chronology of the Divided Kingdom

M. Christine Tetley

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The Reconstructed Chronology of the Divided Kingdom

M. Christine Tetley

The common response to any attempt to read the chronological notations associated with the kings of Israel and Judah in the time of the divided monarchy is, perhaps, a shrug of the shoulders, or a statement to the effect that the problem is insoluble. Not only are the apparently contradictory—or confusing—notations of the MT a consideration, but the evidence of the other major versions seriously complicates any such undertaking. In the twentieth century, Edwin R. Thiele attempted to reconcile and wrangle all of the numbers into a semblance of order, with results that were far from convincing to his readers. Now Christine Tetley has attacked this knottiest of problems with fresh vigor and assayed a new solution. There is no doubt that this book will be controversial; nevertheless, it will be required reading for anyone who wishes to pin archaeological and historical data within the framework of an absolute chronology.

 

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The common response to any attempt to read the chronological notations associated with the kings of Israel and Judah in the time of the divided monarchy is, perhaps, a shrug of the shoulders, or a statement to the effect that the problem is insoluble. Not only are the apparently contradictory—or confusing—notations of the MT a consideration, but the evidence of the other major versions seriously complicates any such undertaking. In the twentieth century, Edwin R. Thiele attempted to reconcile and wrangle all of the numbers into a semblance of order, with results that were far from convincing to his readers. Now Christine Tetley has attacked this knottiest of problems with fresh vigor and assayed a new solution. There is no doubt that this book will be controversial; nevertheless, it will be required reading for anyone who wishes to pin archaeological and historical data within the framework of an absolute chronology.

1. Introduction

1.1 Significance of Divided Kingdom Chronology

1.2 Establishing Divided Kingdom Chronology

1.3 Conventional Approaches to Divided Kingdom Chronology

1.4 Alternative Approach to Divided Kingdom Chronology

1.5 New Proposal for Divided Kingdom Chronology

1.6 Names of Kings

2. Transmission History

2.1 Early Compilation of the Books of Kings

2.2 Transmission History of the Old Testament Text

2.3 Thiele’s Approach to the Text of Kings

3. Chronological Data

3.1 Regnal Years in the Divided Kingdom

3.2 Divided Kingdom Chronological Data

4. Chronological Data in Manuscript C2

4.1 Regnal Years in the Divided Kingdom according to C2

4.2 Accession Synchronisms in the Divided Kingdom according to C2

4.3 Conclusions concerning C2 Data

4.4 Scholarly Discussion of C2

5. Regnal Formulas

5.1 Patterns of Opening and Closing Formulas

5.2 Distribution of Opening Formulas

5.3 Supplementary Notices

5.4 Sequence of Reigns in the Books of Kings

5.5 Translation of ×lm

5.6 Thiele’s Analysis of Regnal Formulas’ Patterns

6. Reconstructing Chronolgy

6.1 Establishing Relative Chronology

6.2 Establishing Absolute Chronology

6.3 Thiele’s Methodology

6.4 Taking up Thiele’s Challenge

7. Relative Chronology of the Early Divided Kingdom

7.1 Explanation of Table 7.1

7.2 Explanation of Early Divided Kingdom Chronology

7.3 Textual Solutions for Early Divided Kingdom Chronology

7.4 Assessment of the Early Divided Kingdom Chronology

8. Relative Chronology of the Late Divided Kingdom

8.1 Explanation of Table 8.1

8.2 Explanation of Late Divided Kingdom Chronology

8.3 Establishing a Starting Date: The Fall of Samaria

9. Absolute Chronology of the Divided Kingdom

9.1 The Priority of the Hebrew Record

9.2 Explanation of the Julian-Year Tables

9.3 Synchronization of Hebrew, Assyrian, Tyrian, and Egyptian Chronologies

9.4 A New Julian Chronology for the Divided Kingdom

9.5 Resolution to the Problems of Divided Kingdom Chronology

Indexes

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