Jewish History in Conflict: A Study of the Major Discrepancy by Mitchell First

By Mitchell First

The writer writes:

“According to Seder Olam Rabbah, the paintings that types the root for the majority rabbinic chronology, the .period from the defeat of the Babylonians by way of the Medeo-Persians till the start of Greek rule, encompassed fifty two years and spanned the reigns of 3 Persian kings. in line with the chronology that's universally authorised via historians this day (conventional chronology), this era of Persian rule over the land of Israel encompassed 207 years (539 to 332 BCE) and through this era greater than ten Persian kings reigned.
“This discrepancy among the normal Jewish chronology and standard chronology has no longer long past not noted. the aim of this learn is to gather and categorize the range of Jewish responses to this discrepancy, either through Jewish students and rabbinic gurus. half I presents an creation to the discrepancy. half II comprises the earliest Jewish responses to the discrepancy. within the significant a part of the research, half III, the responses to the discrepancy from the time of Azariah de Rossi (16th century) to the current time are accumulated and classified. This unified assortment and categorization of the numerous responses will allow scholars and students to have quick access to what has been written via Jewish students and rabbinic professionals in regards to the discrepancy and may facilitate scholarly assessment of the responses.
“Part IV is an assessment of the responses’ makes an attempt to respond to the basic query raised by means of the discrepancy. half V offers observations at the rabbinic responses. half VI is a precis and conclusion.”

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