I've explained that in my previous post -- these chronologists
did not "fail" but they found out that Josephus' writings
are next to useless for chronology. The reference above
gives some technical details; every modern scholarly treatise
on the date of the birth or of the crucifixion of Jesus
also gives such details.
> Do you know why they say that Josephus cannot
> contribute much? Because they were using a lunisolar
> calendar like what the Jews
> are using these days. Try using a purely lunar calendar
> and you might get it right.
Well yes, I do know why they conclude that Josephus
cannot contribute much to chronology, and I have
explicated two major reasons for it in my previous post.
No, Josephus has never used a lunar calendar in those
dates where he gives a month name. As I have
stated in my previous post, Josephus used several
calendars in his works, with a special notation,
but none of them is a lunar calendar. His method
of using Macedonian month names for all these calendars
does not even work for a lunar calendar.
When Josephus gives only year counts between events,
these numbers are taken directly from the bible, and thus
the year length is completely uncertain. When the age of
a person is given as 969 "years" (as in the bible), then
such a "year" can be at most 40 d long, and cannot be any
approximation of the tropical year, nor any approximation
of 12 synodic months (unless it is taken as chronologically
> The following are what I got:
> 2069 BC – Foundation of the city of Jerusalem
> 1522 BC – Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt
> 1100 BC – start of King David’s reign
> 1058 BC – Start of building of house of the Lord
> 637 BC – Fall of Jerusalem to the Babylonians
> 33 BC – Birth of Jesus Christ (May 23)
> 1 BC – Death of Jesus Christ (August 17)
> AD 44 – Fall of Jerusalem to the Romans
Only the last event can be dated with an
uncertainty of under a year. The Roman conquest
of Jerusalem took place around J0070-09; and
the triumph on J0071-04-24 in Alexandria is
documented by an Egyptian papyrus ([POxy 2725]).
So the last date in your list is grossly
incorrect: Titus could not have taken
Jersusalem when he was only 5 years old.
Before you propose yet another time line for
biblical events, you should first look at
what other people have proposed, and why.
No serious chronographer will consider
your proposals if these proposals do not
even satisfy the (few and weak) constraints
established in the literature.
I find it arrogant to pretend to know better
than hundreds of painstakingly careful
investigators, without knowing what these
investigators are saying, let alone knowing
why they are saying it.