The Divided Kingdom of Israel

The commonly heard claim that biblical history is unreliable is based on yesterday’s doubts. The claim has not kept pace with latest research.  This is particularly true in the case of the division between the northern kingdom of Israel and the southern kingdom of Judah, following the death of Solomon.  A refinement to previous chronologies has now established an absolute date. Continue reading

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The Atonement Clock – Scholars Edition

Beneath the surface of the Bible lies a timeline of incredible precision.

This post is to advise readers of the newly published ‘Scholars Edition’ of Chris Gedge’s research into a most extraordinary biblical timeline. Larger format, together with more detailed diagrams and expanded appendix articles, makes the ‘Scholars Edition’ ideal for libraries, and for critical examination of finer points not elaborated on in the earlier edition. Continue reading

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Whose face was on the coin?

Coin minted during co-regency period, showing Augustus on one side and Tiberius on the other.  Image courtesy of Classical Numismatic Group.  www.cngcoins.com

When Jesus was a teenager, eighteen years of age, an unusual coin was minted in the Roman Empire. It had two faces. On one side was the figure of Augustus and on the other was Tiberius, his adopted son.
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Jeremiahs Prophecy concerning Babylon and the 70 Years

“These nations will serve the king of Babylon seventy years. But when the seventy years are fulfilled, I will punish the king of Babylon and his nation, the land of the Babylonians, for their guilt,” declares the Lord, “and will make it desolate forever. I will bring on that land all the things I have spoken against it, all that are written in this book and prophesied by Jeremiah against all the nations. They themselves will be enslaved by many nations and great kings; I will repay them according to their deeds and the work of their hands.” (Jeremiah 25:11-14)

A few years after the Assyrian Empire collapsed, an extraordinary prediction was made by the prophet Jeremiah. He said that the incoming empire of Babylon would last seventy years then it too would end. Continue reading

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How the Judges of Israel Overlapped

The history of the Judges bridges the time from the Exodus to the Kingdom of Israel, however, when we sum up the rule of the Judges, a problem arises. Add them all up, plus the times of oppression such as the Midianite period of seven years, then tack on the forty years in the desert plus the reigns of Saul and David, and what do we get? 640! On face value, that’s about 160 years longer than the Exodus to Solomon as stated in the official record of the Kings. (1 Kings 6:1)
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Not a Mistake

It was never a mistake to trust him.
To help me never fussed him – never bust him.
It was never a mistake to follow.
He ain’t hollow.
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The Incredible Story of the Goldsmith’s Miracle

“Let me issue and control a nation’s money and I care not who writes its laws.” (Amscel Rothschild)

Once upon a time, before politicians and economists were born, life was somewhat simpler. Continue reading

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