101 Bible Secrets
Bible Secret Number 30 

The 450 Years of Paul

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In I Kings 6:1 it says there were exactly 480 years from the start of the Exodus to the fourth year of Solomon. But the apostle Paul seemed to say something different that adds almost a hundred years to the chronology of the period. What did Paul mean by his "450 years" (Acts 13:20)?

The answer to this is simple and it has been overlooked by all the chronologers I have consulted on the matter. The fact is Paul did not say that his "450 years" were chronological years to be added up in a consecutive way, one year after the other. If one will read what Paul said in the Greek (and read it carefully), he used the phrase "as if" in the text which means "after a manner of speaking." Paul really meant that his "450 years" was one way of reckoning the amount of years when the Judges in Israel ruled after the time of Joshua.

What Paul did was to give an aggregate sum of the years which included both the servitudes by the various Gentile nations over parts of Israel as well as the judgeships of the Israelites themselves. Some of the "servitudes" and "judgeships" were actually contemporaneous to one another and it is easy to prove. Notice the tally of years below:

Cushan of Mesopotamia 8 years (Judges 3:8)
Othnielís rest 40 years (3:11)
Eglon of Moab 18 years (3:14)
Ehudís rest 80 years (3:30)
Jabin of Canaan 20 years (4:3)
Barak and Deborah 40 years (5:31)
Midianites 7 years (6:1)
Gideonís rest 40 years (8:28)
Abimelech 3 years (9:22)
Tola 23 years (10:2)
Jair 22 years (10:3)
Ammon / Philistia 18 years (10:8)
Jephthah 6 years (12:7)
Ibzan 7 years (12:9)
Elon 10 years (12:11)
Abdon 8 years (12:14)
Philistines 40 years (13:1)
Samson 20 years (15:20)
Eli 40 years (I Sam 4:18)
Total Aggregate Years 450 years  

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