Dr. Edwin R. Thiele is best known for his efforts to solve the Chronology "Gordian knot "
of the Hebrew Kings. When King Solomon died the Kingdom of Israel rejected the "One
King" provision (Solomon's son Rehoboam) God had granted them and divided into two
Kingdoms governed by two Kings (Rehoboam and Jeraboam). Each of these Kingdoms
(Judah and Israel) had their own unique histories and succession of Kings which are
interwoven in the records of the Bible. Not less than 100 scriptures link the two kingdoms
to each other by referring to the reignal years of their various Kings as history unfolded.
However, at times these scriptures seem to contradict one another with regard to
chronological sequence. Dr. Thiele proposed the difficulty was based on one kingdom
numbering the year of their King's reign from the year he ascended the thrown while the
other kingdom numbered the reign from the beginning of the next year after new years
day. For the Hebrews new years day was sometimes Nisan 1 or in some cases the more
ancient Tishri 1.
When the Biblical record of the Hebrew Kings contradicted the Assyrian chronology Dr.
Thiele chose to honor the Assyrian records as the truth, relegating Bible Scripture as
being in error (see The Mysterious Numbers of the Hebrew Kings, New Revised Edition,
1994, p.34). In cases where he could not resolve the differences between Bible verses he
declared a further error in the Bible (see The Mysterious Numbers of the Hebrew Kings,
New Revised Edition, 1994, p.198).
In conclusion Dr. Thiele was only able to bring about harmony in scriptures by declaring
errors in the Bible, make the Kingdom of Israel the standard and force the Kingdom of
Judah to fit into only 241 years. This was done by “creating” 9 non-biblical co-regencies
for Judah. These overlapping reigns removed the “excess” 20 years. He and others chose
Israel as the standard because the co-regency concept was more intellectually acceptable
to them than the alternative which is that of interregnums. Yet the Bible declares, "The
scepter shall not depart form Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh
come; and unto Him shall the gathering of the people be" (Genesis 49: 10). The standard
should have been Judah. Thus, the Kingdom of Israel should be fit over a 261 year
period. "Let God be true and every man a liar" (Romans 3:4).
Dr. Thiele's attempt to solve the chronology of the Hebrew Kings started out well but fell
into error when he began to presume that he could correct the errors of the Bible. In
fact, the Bible was absolutely correct all the time but he simply failed to make it the
standard and thereby the latter error was worse than just mere ignorance.
Solving the Chronology of the Hebrew Kings would require triangulation graphic procedures
employed by Dr. Floyd Nolen Jones. This procedure simultaneously solves and graphically
portrays eighty one (81) Bible verses that link the Chronologies of the Kingdom of Judah,
the Kingdom of Israel and the Kingdom of Babylon. Dr. Jones correctly places the Bible
as the highest historical standard, the Assyrian records not withstanding.