Easy Dates

Here are a few simple dates I want you to know for the class:

  • 1000 BC  David was king

  • 722  BC    Destruction of Samaria, end of northern Kingdom of Israel, exile of 10 northern tribes

  • 586 BC     Destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple; Babylonian exile of Judah.

These dates are pretty firm and fairly reliable–within a year.  The ancient calendar was lunar and didn’t start on Jan 1, and there are a few other minor complications–but these dates are good pegs to fit biblical events around.  Once you get further back than the time of David there are more complications, more dates to choose from, and we deal more with round numbers.


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