The historical setting of the Temple (1 Kings 6:1-6:1)

“In the four hundred eightieth year after the Israelites came out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, which is the second month, he began to build the house of Yahweh.”

We now have an attempt at a historical date in time. All the biblical translation texts are back on track and in sync with each other. The 480th year since the Egyptians let the Israelites leave Egypt, also during the 4th year of Solomon’s rule, was the date set by the author of this biblical book. Most scholars put this around the year 960 BCE in the first millennium before Christ. That would put the date of the Exodus around 1440 BCE. Thus there would be about 500 years between the Exodus and Solomon, which does not seem too improbable. However, most scholars put the more historically disputed Exodus around 1250, about 200 years later. The Temple will become the focus of worship in this new millennium, some 3,000 years ago. We have no existing remains of this First Temple since it was destroyed about 587 BCE. It is much like an ancient Egyptian sanctuary.

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