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Dates And Calendars In Kings

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The Book of Kings furnishes ca. 120 data, compiled from dozens of dates from the Deuteronomist (Dtr)'s sources. It gives information on the reigns of all the kings of Israel and Judah, without exception, including the kings who ruled only a few weeks or days. The Dtr evidently meant to present an unbroken chronology for the entire period described in the Deuteronomistic History (=DH), especially for the epoch of the first Temple. In his opinion, he applied a systematic set of principles, whether these reflect reality or just an effort to reconcile the data found in his sources. This chapter reconstructs these principles and to find out what, in Dtr's opinion, was the time span from the establishment of the Temple to the fall of Jerusalem. It reexamines the chronological system of Dtr and the chronological framework of the DH, in respect of his earlier historical conclusions.

Keywords: Deuteronomist (=Dtr); Israel; Jerusalem; Judah; The Book of Kings



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