John and Doves,
Genesis 12:4 So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.
Today I am doing some research regarding a Jewish tradition that there are two calling from God to Abraham. The first one is when Abraham
was 70 years old, God called Abraham to depart from Ur. Abraham responded by departing from Ur, and moved to Haran and stayed there for 5 years. Here's the excerpt from this Jewish tradition.
3 Solutions in Second Temple Literature
Among the Qumran compositions, we deal with 4QCommentary on Genesis A (hereafter,
4Q252) as a representative interpretation of the chronological contradiction of Abraham’s
departure.17 4Q252 is considered as one of the examples of the so-called parabiblical texts, which, according to Emanuel Tov, “contains various
compositions which have in common that they are closely related to texts or themes of the Hebrew Bible,” while presenting “a
reworking, rewriting, or paraphrase of biblical books.”18 George J. Brooke considers that 4Q252 is “a highly distinctive commentary,” as in
this manuscript one finds the implicit exegesis of Rewritten Scripture and the explicit exegesis of the “citation plus comment”
19 The fact that these two different styles of exegesis coexist in one manuscript leads us to conclude that the work comes from a transitional
period, probably around the second half of the first century BCE or a little earlier in some cases. The interpretation on
Abraham’s departure from Haran is found in Col. II (frags. 1, 3) in the Rewritten Scripture section (See Table 4):
8 … Terah was one hundred and fo[r]ty years old when he went forth 9 from Ur of the Chaldees and entered Haran (11:31b). And Ab[ram was se]venty
years old. And for five years
10 Abram stayed in Haran. And after he left [ ] the land of Canaan, sixty[ ]
11 the heifer and the ram and the go[at (15:9a) ] Abram for [ ]
12 the fire when it pass[ed (15:17b) ] he took [ ]
13 at Ab[ram]’s departure [ ]Canaan [ ]
This interpretation has structural similarity to Genesis Rabbah in the following two points:
First, in both interpretations, Abraham experienced two departures at the age of 70 and 75. In
Genesis Rabbah, Abraham departed at the age of 70 and 75 both from Haran. In 4Q252, on
the other hand, Abraham first left Ur for Haran at the age of 70, and, after spending five years
there, he departed from Haran at the age of 75, heading for Canaan. In other words, although
the starting point of the first departure is different, both texts share the basic structure of interpretation.
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This finding is very important. It traces back God's first calling on Abraham occurred when Abraham was 70 years. This is the beginning of
old testament history, not when Abraham departed Haran at age 75 years old.
Solomon died in 929 BC. Using 929 BC, Exodus took place in 1444 BC ( I have illustrated this calculation from my recent post " Where are we
now since Adam" ). 1444 BC is also the year 2538 from Adam. Abraham is born in year 1948. God called Abraham when he was 70 years old. Adding 70 years to 1948, we have 2018 as the year Abraham departed Ur, and moved to Haran. 2018 is the year old testament
began. To convert 2018 into our Gregorian system, we have this calculation.
2538 minus 2018 = 520 years.
Adding 520 years to 1444 BC, we have Abraham departed Ur in 1964 BC. 1964 BC is the beginning of old testament history, because Abraham responded
to God's first calling on him.
Crucifixion took place in Nisan 33 AD. Between 1964 BC and 33 AD, old testament era lasted 1996 years ( 1964 + 32 ( 33 Minus 1)). If God ordains
a same period of 1996 years to new testament era, then new testament era shall end in 2029 AD ( 33 Ad + 1996 years ).
1964 BC God's first calling on Abraham, Abraham responded by departing Ur, Old testament era begins --------- 1996 years ------- Nisan 33
AD, crucifixion occurs, beginning of new covenant and beginning of new testament era ------------ 1996 years --------- 2029 AD, End of new testament era, Jesus returns in 2029 to put an end to age of grace which also includes the tribulation saints and remnant
To calculate rapture, we subtract 7 years from 2029, we come to 2022 as the year for rapture and tribulation to begin.
A note here. The 1996 years of new testament era also includes the 7 years tribulation where millions shall come to Christ includes the remnant
From my previous calculation, I have excluded the 7 years tribulation from new testament era, I was wrong. The 7 years is part of new testament
era because salvation is still available during this 7 years.