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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Academic & Professional; Reprint edition (November 10, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082543825X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825438257
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Edwin R. Thiele (1895-1986) received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago and his D.D. from Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan. For sixteen years he worked in the editorial department of the Signs of the Times Publishing House in Shanghai, China. Following his time overseas, Dr. Thiele taught for twenty-six years in the Department of Religion at Emmanuel Missionary College in Berrien Springs. From 1963 to 1965 he served as Professor of Antiquity at Andrews University.

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This book is a valuable part of my reference library as it would be to yours.
F. Steve Collins
For anyone interested in an area of history where the bible was thought to be "obviously wrong and inconsistent" and proven otherwise, this book is for you.
Iona Sun
Thiele explains in detail how the numbers found in the Bible for the divided kingdoms of Judah and Israel can be synchronized.
Douglas

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Iona Sun on March 18, 2006
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Finally! Someone has resolved the discrepancies between the reigns of the Judean and Hebrew kings... and in such a way that the very fact an explanation so intricate can actually work in every detail (and mesh with the chronology of the rest of the Middle East) gives it all the more credibility. For anyone interested in an area of history where the bible was thought to be "obviously wrong and inconsistent" and proven otherwise, this book is for you.

With all due respect to a preceding reviewer, her argument is based on an interpretation of the prophecy of Ezekiel that I would find flawed. Her conclusion is interpretative and not historical in nature. Thiele's argument does not rest on her interpretation of the prophecy.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By JAN VAN TUYL on August 1, 2001
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Whether you are interested in Christian, Egyptian, or Middle East history or chronology in the period from the death of Solomon till the last king of Judah; this book is a must. The writing itself is maybe not of the most spellbounding type. The core of the matter, however, is the detailed search for the exact years and the synchronism between the historic dates of the kings of Israel, Judah, some Egyptian and "Levant" rulers. And that is brilliant.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By todds@directaid.com on July 26, 1999
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This was my first book trying to establish the dates of Jerusalem's fall with accuracy. Theile weaves a web of Israel's and Judah's Kings together with interaction with other known Assyrian, Egyption, and Babylonian Kings. Also some Astronomical evidence is used from Ptolomy to nail down some dates as seemingly unquestionable, although I would like to see a more thorough verification of these astronomical dates. The technique Theile used is based on the Masonic text as there appears to be new dates added or changed in the greek and latin versions. Which came fist the chicken or the egg? Theile seems to prove it was the Masonic text that was most original? Theile's tricks to bring everything into agreement is the use of co-regency, assention vs non-assention dating, and nisan to nisan, vs tishri to tishri annual dating methods. I could follow everything he said, but don't believe I could recreate it. His main idea that pulls it all together is the coregency idea. This tends to always shorten the years of total rule. And to spite his assumtion that he started from the beginning and worked forward, I find his exact matchups a little too unbelievable. But his data is very precise with today's chronolgy for that period. By his own statements, the biggest support of his data is that it works. Although I liked his book, I think I will do more research. I find it a little unnerving that the hebrew kings are the only ones with significant coregencies, while the assyrians and babylonians have little to none. Overall a must have for chronological conquerors.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Douglas on June 24, 2001
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Thiele explains in detail how the numbers found in the Bible for the divided kingdoms of Judah and Israel can be synchronized. Quite simply, he has proposed an ingenious synchronization of the numbers through an analysis of how the two kingdoms, at times, used the nonaccession and accession-year systems simultaneously. Moreover, he also explains how coregencies can reconcile other major discrepancies in those numbers. For those who are good at crunching numbers, read this book; you will arrive at the same conclusion as I--namely, that Thiele has proposed the only chronology for the Hebrew kings that is mathematically consistent with the numbers recorded in the Bible. If you intend to read any book on this subject, this one is a must.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark D. Hornbogen on May 1, 2011
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I usually breeze through books, but this one is so packed with information that I studied it for a month and made charts from the content so I could see the relationships visually. Without this excellent book, many Scriptures just did not make sense. Thank you Dr. Thiele!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Whitesman on October 28, 2009
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I think that this is an invaluable read for anyone interested in biblical chronology. It has help me to start to work out biblical dates more accurately and I will post my conclusion shortly on my website [...]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AMB on November 18, 2013
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This is like the holy grail of Hebrew Kings dating...I must confess though, the only reason I purchased this book was because I have a seminary paper due on the chronological dating of biblical kings. Of all the resources I used to write the paper, this was the book that had it all and was most referenced in all my research (his work is quoted by the quotable). It's clear how Dr. Thiele's exhaustive research, postulates, and proofs unite a very messy mass of dates based on different calendar years into a stream of understandable and sensible dates on a timeline for better Bible knowledge and clarity. It is a masterpiece that bubbles over with data I never thought to consider in my dating of kings. Put your thinking cap on because this book will take you on a journey of charts, graphs, logic and detailed facts about scribes that will never allow you to read generalized dating the same way again! Worth every penny of the price.
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