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The Romance of Biblical Chronology
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The Romance of Biblical Chronology
An Exposition of the Meaning, and a Demonstration of the Truth, of Every Chronological Statement Contained in the Hebrew Text of the Old Testament

By Rev. Martin Anstey, BA, MA. Published 1913.

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Author's preface:

THE Studies embodied in the following pages have been undertaken with a view to ascertaining and exhibiting the exact chronological relation of every dated event recorded in the Old Testament. The object of the writer is the production of a Standard Chronology, which shall accurately represent the exact date at which each event took place, so far as this can be ascertained from the statements contained in the text itself.

No other dates are given. All merely approximate or estimated dates are omitted as inexact. All merely probable or conjectural dates, inferred from speculative reconstructions of the historical situation, and not guaranteed by the words of the text, are rejected as unverifiable. All dates certainly known, but derived from other sources - such as profane history and modern discovery are excluded from the Chapters on the Chronology of the Old Testament. They appear only in the Chapters on Comparative Chronology and in the Chronological Tables (Vol. II). The Chronology adopted in these pages is supported by Josephus, but does not lean upon him. It is, to some extent, confirmed by the results of modern discovery, as tabulated in the Guides to the Babylonian, Assyrian, and Egyptian Antiquities published by the Authorities of the British Museum, but it stands upon its own foundation, and is dependent upon none of them.

Chronology is a branch of History. As such it is governed by the laws which determine the validity of the results reached by the process of scientific investigation and historical enquiry. It is also a branch of Applied Mathematics, and Mathematics is an exact Science. In a truly scientific Chronology there is no room for any date which is not demonstrably true. This view of the limits of the subject accounts for the absence of the note of interrogation (?) after any date in the Chronological Tables, and for the somewhat dogmatic or Euclidian tone in which the conclusions reached by this method are expressed. Like Mathematics, Chronology has its axioms, its postulates, and its definitions, of which the most important and the most fundamental is the trustworthiness of the testimony of honest, capable, and contemporary witnesses, like that of the men whose testimony is preserved in the Records of the Old Testament.

Module contents:

00.0 TABLE OF CONTENTS
00.1 CREDITS
00.2 FOREWORD
00.3 PREFACE BY THE AUTHOR.
01 CHAPTER I. - SCOPE, METHOD, STANDPOINT AND SOURCES.
02 CHAPTERS TWO, THREE: THE ANTE-DILUVIAN PATRIARCHS - FROM ADAM TO NOAH
04 CHAPTER FOUR: THE ANTE-DILUVIAN PATRIARCHS - FROM ADAM TO NOAH
05 CHAPTER FIVE: THE NOAH - SHEM CONNECTION
06 CHAPTER VI. COMPARATIVE CHRONOLOGY. ADAM TO NOAH.
07 CHAPTER VII. POST-DILUVIAN PATRIARCHS - FROM SHEM TO ABRAHAM.
08 CHAPTER VIII. THE TERAH - ABRAHAM CONNECTION.
09 CHAPTER IX. COMPARATIVE CHRONOLOGY - SHEM TO ABRAHAM.
10 CHAPTER X. THE HEBREW PATRIARCHs - ABRAHAM, ISAAC, JACOB AND JOSEPH.
11 CHAPTER XI. THE JOSEPH - MOSES CONNECTION.
12 CHAPTER XII. COMPARATIVE CHRONOLOGY - ABRAHAM TO MOSES.
13 CHAPTER XIII. ISRAEL IN EGYPT FROM THE BIRTH OF MOSES TO THE EXODUS.
14 CHAPTER XIV. THE FORTY YEARS IN THE WILDERNESS.
15 CHAPTER XV. THE SEVEN YEARS' WAR.
16 CHAPTER XVI. THE JOSHUA - JUDGES CONNECTION.
17 CHAPTER XVII. THE JUDGES INCLUDING SAMUEL = 450 YEARS.
18 CHAPTER XVIII. THE ELI - SAMUEL CONNECTION.
19 CHAPTER XIX. COMPARATIVE CHRONOLOGY - MOSES TO SAMUEL.
20 CHAPTER XX. SAUL, DAVID AND SOLOMON.
21 CHAPTER XXI. ISRAEL AND JUDAH TO THE FALL OF SAMARIA.
22 CHAPTER XXII. JUDAH FROM THE FALL OF SAMARIA TO THE CAPTIVITY.
24 CHAPTER XXIV. THE CAPTIVITY.
25 CHAPTER XXV. THE RETURN.
26 CHAPTER XXVI. COMPARATIVE CHRONOLOGY.
27 CHAPTER XXVII. THE YEAR OF MESSIAH'S BIRTH ACCORDING TO THE PROPHECY OF DANIEL (AN. HOM. 4038).
28 CHAPTER XXVIII. COMPARATIVE CHRONOLOGY.
29 TABLES
30 APPENDIX

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