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By Jeremy Hughes

This e-book is anxious essentially with the chronology of the Hebrew Bible in its numerous textual kinds. The primary thesis is that those chronologies are basically schematic and will be noticeable as legendary expressions of a trust that human historical past is ordered in line with a divine plan.

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That the original antediluvian ages of begetting are preserved in SP, and to a large extent also in MT (this conclusion will later have to be modified slightly). 2. That MT has preserved the original postdiluvian ages of begetting. 3. That the original antediluvian lifespans are preserved by LXX and also, with the single exception of Lamech's lifespan, by MT. 4. That MT's figures for postdiluvian remaining years are original except in the case of Arpachshad and Eber, where LXX has preserved the original figures.

36 says of Azariah the son of Johanan: 'it was he who (first) served as priest in the temple which Solomon built in Jerusalem'—but this note almost certainly referred originally to Azariah the son of Ahimaaz, who was the grandson of Xadok (according to this genealogy) and I3th in line from Aaron. This results in a total of 12 generations from the exodus to the foundation of the temple (assuming that this occurred at the start of A/ariah's ministry). 40, as preserved in MT), the total number of years from the birth of Abraham to the exodus is 720 years.

36 says of Azariah the son of Johanan: 'it was he who (first) served as priest in the temple which Solomon built in Jerusalem'—but this note almost certainly referred originally to Azariah the son of Ahimaaz, who was the grandson of Xadok (according to this genealogy) and I3th in line from Aaron. This results in a total of 12 generations from the exodus to the foundation of the temple (assuming that this occurred at the start of A/ariah's ministry). 40, as preserved in MT), the total number of years from the birth of Abraham to the exodus is 720 years.

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