I must assume that such information is reliable and the writers did not set out to deceive.(This assumption must be made about any historical document before it is examined.) Therefore if I find apparent contradictory evidence in the text, I will first assume that a problem exists in my understanding rather than the text.But this interpretation rests on the assumption that God does not count time to Israel at times of disobedience.
If we add up the figures mentioned between Shem’s 100th year (Gen. Genesis tells us that Shem was 100 years old, 2 years after the Flood had finished. 1,981 years to 1 plus 967 years to the founding of Solomon’s Temple plus 480 years to the end of the Exodus plus 430 years to the promise to Abraham plus 75 years to Abraham’s birth plus 350 years to Shem’s 100th birthday plus 2 years to the Flood.
The Biblical data places the Flood at 2304 ± 11 years.
Since Christ is recorded as having referred to Noah’s Flood as a past event it should be obvious that we need data that will take us back beyond 2,000 years.
The next date we can put down with reliable certainty is 967 .
As our starting point we will take the Birth of Christ.
It is unlikely anyone will dispute that Christ was born approximately 1,984 years ago.
I believe it does and I believe it does this so clearly that no doubt should remain either about the timing or the nature of this judgment by God upon this earth.
The art of the Biblical chronologist or Date-finder is a mystery to most, so let me explain how such a date can be found.
This has given rise to what is known as the long chronology.
The 480 years is then regarded as ‘God’s theocracy’ only, the extra time being years of disobedience.
This makes a specific total of 480 years and 19 days.