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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Concordia Publishing (July 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758627998
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758627995
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andrew Steinmann has placed biblical scholarship in his debt by this meticulous and magnificent addition to (indeed, replacement of) such magisterial works on biblical chronology as those by Edwin Thiele and Jack Finegan, the former limited to Israel's United Monarchy and the latter embracive of the full canon. Grounded in primary texts, Steinmann lays out here a foundation that doubtless will provide the basis for all subsequent discussions of biblical chronology, an indispensable preliminary to a proper understanding of the biblical narrative. ----Eugene H. Merrill, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Old Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary, Distinguished Professor of Old Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Readers familiar with standard works in this field such as Merrill's Kingdom of Priests will be pleased to find much new information in this volume. New insights into the Quirinius census, the matching of Jubilee/Sabbatical year cycles with the date of the Exodus, the timing of the Magis visit, and the sequence of events of the Passion Week including the moon turning to blood immediately after the death of the Messiah are part of Dr. Steinmann's intensely interesting study. Laymen and scholars alike will find their faith strengthened by the precision and factuality of the Bible in historical matters. ----Rodger C. Young, Independent Historian and Chronologist, St. Louis, MO

I can see this work appealing to both specialists and non-experts in the field, and indeed even to interested laypeople. Its combination of detailed table of contents, well organized and straightforward presentation, and especially the abundance of charts and graphics suggests that it will serve well as a reference tool. I very much appreciate Dr. Steinmann's even-handed and respectful tone. I say this because, although Steinmann assumes an unabashedly conservative posture with respect to the Scriptures and the Church's traditional hermeneutic, he does not shy away from engaging scholarship that proceeds from different presuppositions. While arguing against opinions and conclusions with which he is at odds for example those of higher critics Steinmann does not belittle or condescend. . . . Where he synthesizes and explains the well-founded conclusions of previous scholarship, he does so clearly and effectively. On the other hand, in those places where he challenges consensus views and presents new proposals, he does so persuasively, on the basis of careful research and well-reasoned arguments. -- --Robert A. Sorensen, PhD, Associate Professor of Greek and Theology, Concordia University Chicago

Readers familiar with standard works in this field such as Merrill's Kingdom of Priests will be pleased to find much new information in this volume. New insights into the Quirinius census, the matching of Jubilee/Sabbatical year cycles with the date of the Exodus, the timing of the Magis visit, and the sequence of events of the Passion Week including the moon turning to blood immediately after the death of the Messiah are part of Dr. Steinmann's intensely interesting study. Laymen and scholars alike will find their faith strengthened by the precision and factuality of the Bible in historical matters. ----Rodger C. Young, Independent Historian and Chronologist, St. Louis, MO

I can see this work appealing to both specialists and non-experts in the field, and indeed even to interested laypeople. Its combination of detailed table of contents, well organized and straightforward presentation, and especially the abundance of charts and graphics suggests that it will serve well as a reference tool. I very much appreciate Dr. Steinmann's even-handed and respectful tone. I say this because, although Steinmann assumes an unabashedly conservative posture with respect to the Scriptures and the Church's traditional hermeneutic, he does not shy away from engaging scholarship that proceeds from different presuppositions. While arguing against opinions and conclusions with which he is at odds for example those of higher critics Steinmann does not belittle or condescend. . . . Where he synthesizes and explains the well-founded conclusions of previous scholarship, he does so clearly and effectively. On the other hand, in those places where he challenges consensus views and presents new proposals, he does so persuasively, on the basis of careful research and well-reasoned arguments. ----Robert A. Sorensen, PhD, Associate Professor of Greek and Theology, Concordia University Chicago

About the Author

Dr. Andrew E. Steinmann is Professor of Theology and Hebrew at Concordia University, Chicago, IL. He has over 25 years of experience guiding students into a deeper understanding of biblical history. Among his numerous scholarly and practical publications are the following from Concordia Publishing House: The Oracles of God: The Old Testament Canon (1999), Is God Listening? Making Prayer a Part of Your Life (2004), and Concordia Commentary Series volumes on Ezra/Nehemiah, Proverbs, and Daniel.

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Andrew Steinmann is Distinguished Professor of Theology and Hebrew at Concordia University Chicago where he has taught since 2001. He serves as chair of the Department of Theology and Foreign Languages and as University Marshal. Dr. Steinmann holds a PhD from the University of Michigan and is an ordained pastor in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

Dr. Steinmann's publications include over 50 articles and book reviews in national and international peer-reviewed scholarly journals. In addition, he is a regular guest on the radio program Issues, Etc.

In September 2011 he was named to the Translation Oversight Committee for the Holman Christian Standard Bible. His publisher is Concordia Publishing House in St. Louis through whom he has published and collaborated on more than 10 books and other material. He is currently working on a commentary on 1 Samuel in the Concordia Commentary series, which he hopes to complete on his sabbatical year (July 2014-June 2015).

Dr. Steinmann is married to Rebecca Steinmann, the co-editor of the latest edition of the widely used Sheehy's Emergency Nursing. They and their cat Lightning live in suburban Chicago where they enjoy birding and cultural events, especially the Lyric Opera.

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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Woodruff on August 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Andrew Steinmann has graced the church with a book that will be a standard on the subject for years to come. Steinmann give strong arguments for the accuracy of the Bible and follows in the the footsteps of Edwin Thiele The Mysterious Numbers of the Hebrew Kings and Jack Finegan Handbook of Biblical Chronology: Principles of Time Reckoning in the Ancient World and Problems of Chronology in the Bible and goes beyond them to give a consistent and biblical view of chronology. He leaves no stone unturned as he deals with evry datable event mentioned in the Bible. He covers the various views of the date of the Exodus from Egypt, the length of the period of the Judges, the reigns of both the kings of the United Monarchy and Divided Monarchy as well the Post -Exilic period including the events of the Intertestamental Period mentioned the Apocrypha. He has an extensive discussion of the date of the birth of Christ, choosing to place it later than most chronologists do. He has a very detailed discussion of the enrollment of Quirinius. Using the work of Rodger Young, he corrects Theile's chronology so as to make it consistent. He also has an extensive section on "Time in the Ancient world" and how it was measured by Israel and its Ancient Near Eastern neighbors. The only unfortunate aspect of this wonderful book is its cost. Its prices puts it out of reach of the audience that would most benefit from it. this book is a powerful apologetic for the accuracy and trustworthiness of Scripture.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark D. Hornbogen on January 14, 2013
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I have read some five or six book on Biblical chronology insluding Edwin Thiele's book "The Mysterious Numbers of the Kings" (of Israel). Steinmann's book goes forward from Thiele's book with corrections to various assumptions he had made goving detailed information on the period from Abraham to Paul. I have not finished it entirely yet because I am working through the time-line, but I love this. I bought it on a whim, but am glad I did. (I would recommend anyone interested to also buy Thiele's book so you will understand more comnpletely.)
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Excellent research and scholarship. I highly recommend this book. The one thing I wish is that it was priinted on a better quality paper.
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By Allen W. Law on January 20, 2014
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Love this book. Who knew that studying dates of the OT Judges and intertestamental history would be so fascinating? And the scholarship is excellent. Well done!
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