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Please Note: No actual, outside endorsement of these BibleCalculator.com studies is implied. This author and his site does, however, endorse the Biblical scholarship of Mr. Camping, whose many works seek to let the Bible speak for itself, define its own terms, and remain unchallenged as the ultimate authority.
Discovered after-the-fact: agreement from an outside source?
Several "radical"-sounding time/calendar notions advanced in these studies (especially Chapter 3, Further Validation of Gregorian Dating) have, as it turns out, already been proposed in similar fashion by Bible teacher Harold Camping in his book, Adam When? (Appendix III).
Though this foundational work first appeared in 1974, the striking similarity between these two writings went unnoticed until this author was glancing through Mr. Camping's book in October '09, one month after these studies were released.
Such commonality of conclusions, being arrived at independently and without mutual influence, may, however, signal a certain inevitability of detection and soundness of approach.
May God bless us with a correct understanding of the truth.
Areas of agreement
Core ideas put forth by Mr. Camping, that serve as duplicates of ideas formulated in these studies:
1. The year 1 AD, though not the birth year of Jesus, serves as an era-marker and timespan measuring point.
A map of Mr. Camping's reasoning
Here is a synopsis of the relevant points from Appendix III of Adam When?, by author Harold Camping:
1. Time, as recorded in Genesis, is divided into patriarchal periods or generations, starting with Seth; and leading to Amram; who, in turn, fathered Aaron.
Similar points made in these later-written studies
The three opening studies of this series found apparent common ground with Mr. Camping's work:
Chapters 1 and 2, in their quest for actual dates for the Flood and Creation, examined the possible role of our modern calendar in analyzing Biblical history.
Chapter 3 then weighed considerable numerical evidence in probing the reality of what it called "benchmark dates": a potential new source of significant time relationships, built around ideas such as Points 1-4 directly above.
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John O'Leary / Biblecalculator.com