Chapter

Did at All Happen?

P. R. Ackroyd and G. N. Stanton

in Introducing the Old Testament

Published in print March 1990 | ISBN: 9780192132543
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670053 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192132543.003.0005

Series: Oxford Bible Series

Did at All Happen?

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This chapter discusses the veracity of the historical events described in the Old Testament. The biblical records are presented as a series of events that took place at a definite time in history. Many biblical scholars in the past have labored hard to work out the date of every single event from creation onward described in the Old Testament. Archbishop Ussher of Armagh in the 17th century worked out a dating system for such historical events according to which creation took place in the year 4004 bc. But such attempts also raise difficult questions. For example, the characterization of David in particular is highly idealized and the achievement of Saul appears to be deliberately played down in order to glorify David.

Keywords: Old Testament; history; Archbishop Ussher; dating system; David

Chapter.  7695 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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