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The timing/ordering of biblical events, which are not always described in sequence. What happened when?

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Was Joseph sold to Egypt before the Dinah incident?

Dinah incident Genesis 34:1 KJV 1 And Dinah the daughter of Leah, which she bare unto Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land. 2 And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of ...
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Are there non-Rabbinical hermeneutics that recognize deliberate, non-chronological ordering of texts in the Pentateuch?

In Rabbinic Literature there is a principle of Biblical interpretation known as אין מוקדם ומאוחר בתורה (Ein Mukdam U'me'uhar B'Torah), which postulates that the Pentateuch does not (necessarily) ...
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The confusing order of Laban's tent raids in Genesis 31:33

In Genesis 31:33 we read of Laban's search of the tents of Jacob's party: וַיָּבֹא לָבָן בְּאֹהֶל יַעֲקֹב וּבְאֹהֶל לֵאָה וּבְאֹהֶל שְׁתֵּי הָאֲמָהֹת וְלֹא מָצָא וַיֵּצֵא מֵאֹהֶל לֵאָה וַיָּבֹא ...
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How can the tabernacle have been erected in the second year?

Exodus 40:17 explicitly states that the tabernacle was erected on the first day of the first month of the second year. Some silver was needed for the tabernacle. This silver was given by the numbered ...
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In Acts 20:7, why is the phrase τῇ μιᾷ τῶν σαββάτων translated “the first day of the week” when it could mean “the first Sabbath”?

I noticed that the Greek phrase τῇ μιᾷ τῶν σαββάτων in Acts 20:7 is often translated “the first day of the week.” However, I assert that it could also mean “the first Sabbath” because the noun ...
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Did Acts 20:7 take place on Sunday midnight or Monday midnight?

How can we know for sure if Luke is talking about Saturday or Sunday midnight? 7 On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul began talking to them, intending ...
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Luke's Starting Point: From Beginning of Tiberius' co-regency OR from Beginning of His Reign?

I am researching when Jesus began His ministry and when He died. The main (although not the only) piece of information is found in Luke's account: In the fifteenth year of Emperor Tiberius’ rule; ...
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How long did Noah take building the ark?

I've always heard (sermons, etc.) that Noah took 100 years building the ark. Recently, however, I studied the ark in the Bible, and I am unable to find any place in the Old Testament or the New where ...
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Chronology for Jesus' miracle

John chapter 2 says "On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding." John 2:11- "What Jesus did ...
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In Genesis, Did God Work and Rest on the Sabbath?

Closely Related: - Judaism.Stackexchange - Did God Create the Sabbath Rest? 1. Question - Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek Analysis : Setting aside Jewish and Christian doctrines, and traditional ...
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According to the Gospels, Was the Last Supper Actually a Passover Feast?

Very Closely Related: - In the early church, was the Last Supper Considered a Passover Feast? The above question is asking for extra-Biblical references - from Early Church authorities. This ...
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What is the chronological relationship between Nehemiah chapter 10 and 13?

In Nehemiah 10, the people made the decision that "they will not give their daughters to the peoples of the land or take the peoples of the land's daughters for their sons" (v.30), and that they will ...
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Is 1 Samuel chronological or does David never learn?

Saul meets David as Jesse's son in 1 Sam 16:19-23. But after David kills Goliath in 1 Sam 17:55, Saul asks "Who is this kid? Whose son is he?" How could he forget? While David is playing lyre for ...
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Does Job take place between Genesis and Exodus?

I started reading a Bible plan that claims to be chronological. However, after the last chapter of Genesis, it started Job. After the end of Job, it continued into Exodus. All of my attempts at ...
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In what month did Jesus fast according to Matthew?

Matthew 4:1 ► Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil (NIV). In what month did this happen? For most other great (or maybe all) events in the life of Jesus,...
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What happens after death [duplicate]

Ecclesiastes 3 says that there is a time for death but not what happens after death. John 11:25 says Jesus is the resurrection and the life, he who believes in him will live even though he dies. Does ...
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Can a three year famine be dated within the reign of Ahab?

Are there any historical writings or any archaeological evidence for a three year famine during the reign of Ahab as mentioned in 1 Kings 18:1?
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Did Jesus re-visit John after his wilderness experience?

The Gospel of John describes a scene where John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and he made the following statement: “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is ...
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Acts 13:19-20: Accuracy of Greek Text and Reference of “the four-hundred and fifty” in Codex Sinaiticus

The Received Text on Acts 13:19-20 differs from such MSS as the Codex Sinaiticus (א), Alexandrinus (A), and the Codex Vaticanus (B). Questions: Is it possible that the Received Text is accurate? ...
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What time of the year did Jesus raise Lazarus?

Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to ...
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Luke 23:54 - How should “Sabbath Dawning” be Interpreted?

The Syriac of Luke 23:54 seems to affirm an interpretation of "Sabbath Dawning". In addition, the same word seems to be used 43 times in the Syriac New Testament to mean "Dawn". So, Why is ἐπέφωσκεν, ...
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Re. The Crucifixion: Possible to Correlate Timekeeping and Calendar Systems?

Related: - Historical Evidence that the Jewish Calendar Day Began at Sunset? - In the Gospels, How Should the Hours of the Day be Understood? - Historical Evidence that the Jewish Calendar Day ...
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Does Pilate's language suggest a timing for the customary release?

Does the language used in the three verses referencing the release of a prisoner at the feast suggest anything about the timing of such a release? In Matthew and Mark it is the Feast and in John it ...
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Was the “abomination of desolation” Caligula's proposed statue in the Temple?

In Mark 13:14 (and similarly in Matthew 24:15) Jesus is reported as saying: "When you see ‘the abomination that causes desolation’ standing where it does not belong—let the reader understand—then ...
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When did the battle of David and Goliath take place?

When did the battle of David and Goliath take place? I would assume a fairly accurate estimate could be given because it had to be when David was alive (and probably fairly young), and this date ...
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Is there a time gap between the book of Zechariah and the Gospel of Matthew?

I believe that there is a time gap (I'm referring to a time gap between the events related in those books, not between the time of writing of the books themselves) between the last books of the Old ...
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When did, “Satan fall from Heaven like lightning.” Luke 10:18?

A couple of recent questions regarding Satan/devil on this site, has prompted me to ask a related question. In Luke 10:17 after the seventy-two returned,they say to Jesus (NIV), "Lord,even the ...
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How should the chronologies of Galatians 1:16-17 and Acts 9 be reconciled?

I would like to know where in respect to Acts 9 the events of Galatians 1:16-17 most likely occurred. Here are two possibilities: …. And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he ...
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Chronology of Matthew 14

In the parallel continuity of all 4 Gospels is Matthew 14:3-11 a pause in the narrative? Or did Jesus travel to Bethsaida (Luke) immediately following the beheading of John the Baptist? Matthew (...
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Luke 3:1-3 was Luke mistaken about the year in which John the Baptist's preaching began?

Luke goes into detail concerning the beginning of Christ’s ministry. To quote: “In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being ...
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Are there any Psalms written by David before he came to the limelight?

I'm looking for Psalms written by David right up until when he killed Goliath. Google so far has been unfruitful.
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The time span between Acts 2:1 and Acts 12:3

Is it possible based on the text, especially on the mentioned observation days, to tell the time span between Acts 2:1 and Acts 12:3: And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all ...
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How old was Ahaz when Hezekiah was born?

How old would Ahaz have been when his son, Hezekiah was born? A cursory look at 2 Kings 16:1 and 18:1 suggest he may have only been eleven. (Ahaz was 20 when he became king and he reigned 16 years. ...
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Can the Bible's relative chronology be made an 'absolute' chronology?

Chronology is defined as 'the determination of the proper sequence of past events', in other words, the arrangement of dates, events, etc, in order of occurrence. The Bible is filled with detailed ...
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Assyrian Invasions of Israel

Previous to the fall of Samaria, Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria made several excursions into Israel. The biblical records mention three: The first was against Menahem (2 Kings 15:19-20) but he was ‘...
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What might “on the third day” stand for in John 2:1?

John 2 (Amplified Bible): 1 On the third day there was a wedding at Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Jesus also was invited with His disciples to the wedding. I have been ...
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Did Jehoahaz and Jehoash's reign overlap?

2 Kings 13:1 says that Jehoahaz began to reign in the 23rd year of Joash king of Judah and that he (Jehoahaz) reigned for 17 years. This means that Jehoahaz's reign ended in the 40th year of Joash's ...
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Could Gen 7:6 be the same time as Gen 8:13?

This question differs somewhat but is along the same line as Does Genesis 7:6 chronologically follow Genesis 7:11?. Gen 7:6 is often questioned chronologically (i.e. since heaven was opened to ...
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Does Genesis 7:6 chronologically follow Genesis 7:11?

Genesis 7:5-12 5 And Noah did according to all that the LORD commanded him.6 Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters were on the earth. 7 So Noah, with his sons, his wife, and his sons' ...
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Calculation of date from Genesis 7:11

Does Genesis 7:11 say: A) the floodwaters burst open in the 17th day, the second month of the 600th year of Noah's life, or B) the floodwaters burst open in the 17th day, the second month in the ...
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What is an “anachronism” in Biblical Hermeneutics?

I have run across several definitions as it relates to "anachronism" in Biblical Hermeneutics and I am confused: An anachronism in word studies takes place when we read a definition of a word ...
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Hosanna — when?

From Wikipedia: Triumphal entry into Jerusalem: In the accounts of the four canonical Gospels, Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem takes place in the days before the Last Supper, marking the ...
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Did Mary actually leave Elizabeth before John was born?

When Mary heard from the angel Gabriel that Elizabeth was in her 6th month of pregnancy, Mary quickly left to join her. As the two greeted and the baby John leaped for joy in her womb, Elizabeth was ...
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Noah - 600 before his 600th

In Genesis 7:6 we read Noah was 600 years old when the flood landed. Only four verses later we read he'd been in his 600th year when the flood began. Why would the author write of the events in that ...
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What is the context in Mark and Luke as regards the buying and preparing of the spices?

I have a question about the context of Mark 16:1 and Luke 23:56 as they relate to the buying and preparing of the burial spices for Jesus of Nazareth. Mark 16:1 (ESV) states: When the Sabbath was ...
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How long were the Children of Israel enslaved in Egypt, according to the Bible?

In Genesis 15:13 God told Abram that his descendants would be slaves in a foreign land for 400 years. This number is also mentioned in Acts 7:6. Exodus 12:41 says that the Israelites were in Egypt ...
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How many days elapsed between Jesus's baptism and his return to Galilee?

Matthew, Mark and Luke tell us that a period of at least forty days separated Jesus's baptism from his return to Galilee. Mark (1:9-15) writes, 9 At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee ...
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Can John's Passion chronology be reconciled with that of the Synoptics?

Background: Over the centuries, many readers of the four Gospels have seen significant discrepancies between John and the Synoptics, particularly with regards to chronology. This has led many to ...
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Why did the Masoretes take away 100 (or 50) years from the age of the fathers at their first sons' dates of birth?

The Septuagint (along with the Samaritan Pentateuch) and Flavius Josephus in his Jewish Antiquities allow for about 6 to 7 hundred more years from our days back to the Flood (which accordingly would ...
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Did Abraham leave Haran before or after his father died?

Genesis 11:31-12-1 appears to indicate that Abram left Haran after his father Terah had died. (The author of the New Testament book of Acts certainly saw it that way.) Terah took his son Abram and ...