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How Dates Are Calculated on the Bible Timeline

I have a quick question  – Do you have Jacob’s life dates on it?  I’ve looked on the internet and in Bible history and the only dates I’ve come up with are first half of 2nd millennium BC!   If so how were you able to establish your dates?  How accurate are they?   Thanks, Heather

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Hi Heather:
Our dates are based on Bishop Ussher’s calculations.  These are the dates that were printed in the margins of the Authorized King James Bible since 1701.

If you can get a good date for Adam, you can then come forward using the information in Genesis, which links key male Bible figures from Adam to Solomon giving the age of the father when the son was born.  Using these ages, we get that Jacob was born 2168 years after the creation of Adam.


Using 4004 BC as the date of Adam’s creation we easily calculate that Jacob was born in 1836 BC (4004BC -2168 years)  He lived 147 years which means he died in 1689BC.  See Genesis 25:36 and 47:28.

Our dates are based on Ussher’s calculations which are considered accurate by most Biblical and many secular historians.

Here’s our page on historical proofs of the Bible.

One thought on “How Dates Are Calculated on the Bible Timeline

  1. 4004BC -2168 years: why are the years shown as though they are going in reverse order or backwards? (ie: 1000-586 B.C. Pre-exile, mid-exile period of David and Solomon?) I do not understand this. Please explain.

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