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How long did Paul train before he began his ministry?

There were at least 2 elements of Paul’s training. His training at the feet of Gamaliel (Acts 22:3) according to the strict manner of the law of the Jews. The revelation of the Gospel directly from Jesus Christ (Gal 1:12), most probably in Arabia. Probably his training with Gamaliel would have been concluded by the […]

Can we date Adam’s “birth”?

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 […]

How long was John the Baptist in prison?

John’s gospel suggests Jesus’ ministry included four Passovers (see The Times, chapter 9), with the last of them being the Passover when Jesus was killed. The synoptic gospels place John the Baptist’s death just before the feeding of the 5000 and John’s gospel places that event around the time of the third Passover in Jesus’ […]

What date was the Flood?

This is a difficult question because there is no archaeological or geological evidence that can be used to date the Flood, and the Bible provides very little chronological information prior to Abraham. Abraham is usually dated at about 2000 BC. In my book, The Times: a Chronology of the Bible, I argue for 1946BC as […]

Why did God allow for translational inconsistencies in 2 Kings 24:8 & 2 Chronicles 36:9; 2 Kings 8:26 & 2 Chronicles 22:2; and 2 Samuel 10:18 & 1 Chronicles 19:18?

2Ki 24:8  Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he became king, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Nehushta the daughter of Elnathan of Jerusalem. 2Ch 36:9 KJV  Jehoiachin was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three months and ten days in Jerusalem: and he did […]

When was Sodom destroyed?

There are two ways of approaching this question — using biblical chronological information to establish an approximate date for the event, or using whatever archaeological information is available that might suggest a destruction date. Unfortunately there is very little archaeological evidence available, although that hasn’t stopped people using what is there to suggest possible dates. […]

When did Jesus raise Jairus’ daughter?

The full question was: “I have read that Jesus healed Jairus’ daughter a week before Jesus’ death on the cross. Since Jairus was a leader/ruler in the synagogue, is there any record of Jairus supporting Jesus during his trial or execution? You would think that Jairus would go to extreme efforts to support Jesus since […]