The questioner says:

My independent study of a biblical timeline agrees with Abraham’s birth of 1946 BC. I am thrilled that there are others who support this sound date. Why have you not placed any further dates that seemingly can go back to a birth date for Adam?

Another date I have seen for Abraham’s birth is 1976 BC.

Obviously the further back in history the less certain is the chronology.  So let’s start with some solid chronology.

The divided kingdom probably commenced in 930 BC and ended in 586 BC.1

The reigns of Saul and David may have commenced in 1050 BC and 1010 BC.2

1 Kings 6:1 says that the Exodus was 480 years before the construction of Solomon’s temple, placing it at about 1450 BC. However, there are other opinions by experts that dispute that date, placing it a couple of hundred years later. I am not qualified to be able to determine which suggested Exodus date is more likely.

Earlier dates such as Abraham’s birth are consequently able to be stated even less confidently, and attempts to date events before Abraham speculative. The numbers in the genealogy list of Genesis 11 differ between the Masoretic text, two varying Septuagint texts and the Samaritan text. So even if the date of Abraham’s birth were known confidently, earlier dates would not be. Agriculture commenced in the ancient near east around 10,000 years ago, so that must give an approximate early limit for Cain and Abel who were farmers. Adam cannot have been earlier than about 8,000 BC.


[1] E. R. Thiele, The Mysterious Numbers of the Hebrew Kings, Grand Rapids MI: The Zondervan Corporation, 1983.
[2] L. McFall, “The Chronology of Saul and David,” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, vol. 53, no. 3, pp. 475-533, September 2010.


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