Chronology of the Bible
- This article deals with the chronology of the Hebrew Bible (or Christian Old Testament). For material on the Christian New Testament, see Chronology of Jesus, Historical reliability of the Acts of the Apostles, and Timeline of Christianity. For a historical look at the bible see The Bible and history. For the composition of the various books of the Bible, see Dating the Bible.
The Hebrew Bible (Tanakh) or Christian Old Testament indicates the passage of time and thus gives a chronological calibration to biblical history by means of various genealogies, generations, reign-periods, and other means.
The passage of time in the earlier passages of Genesis is indicated by counts of generations: an individual lived so many years, begat a son, and died at such and such an age: when the ages at each birth of a new generation are added together, the result is the total number of years elapsed. In later books the passage of years is calibrated to events in the overall narrative (e.g., 1 Kings 6:1 states that the building of the Temple of Solomon began in the 480th year from the Exodus), or by inter-relationships of the reigns of kings (e.g., king A of Israel came to the throne in year X of king B of Judah and ruled Z number of years, for example in 1 Kings 15:25-28).
While some of the events during the monarchic period (10th to 7th centuries BCE) are historical and can be related to extra-biblical historiography, attempts to date Moses and the Exodus, or yet earlier events such as the birth of Abraham, Noah's Flood, or the date of Creation as real events have been unsuccessful. These events and the dates assigned to such events should not be relied upon as historical fact.
The biblical chronology largely uses numbers which were significant to the authors: the basic numbers are 12, 40 (a "generation"), and 480 (12 generations of 40 years); other significant numbers include 10, 20, 60, and 100.
The main events of the biblical chronology are the Creation (Year 0 AM), the birth and summoning of Abraham, the Exodus, the construction of the Temple of Solomon, the Edict allowing the return of the Jews to Jerusalem which, according to Ezra, was issued by Cyrus the Great during the first year of his conquest of Babylon, and the rededication of the Temple during the Maccabaean period. The following table is from Seder Olam Rabbah:
|Event||Year AM||Year BCE (non-biblical)||Span|
|Creation of Adam||0||3924 BCE||0|
|Birth of Abram (Genesis 11:26)||1948||1976 BCE||1948|
|Promise to Abraham||2018||1906 BCE||70|
|Birth of Isaac||2048||1876 BCE||30|
|Descent into Egypt||2238||1686 BCE||190|
|Exodus from Egypt (Exodus 12:40)||2448||1476 BCE||210 (430 from Promise to Abraham; 400 from Birth of Isaac)|
|Foundation of Solomon's Temple (1 Kings 6:1)||2928||997 BCE||480|
|Destruction of Temple||3338||587 BCE||410|
|Return from exile (Ezra 1:2-4)||3390||535 BCE||52|
BCE means "Before the Common Era". There is no year zero in the transition from 1 BCE to 1 CE.
The underlying chronology is built on a special calendar termed the Jubilees calendar, which has exactly 52 (not 54) weeks, and 364 (not 365) days, so that each day is on the same date each month (the first day of each month, for example, is always a Wednesday, which was a major festival-day).
Creation to the Flood 
Biblical dating commences with Creation or the creation of Adam, depending on the source. In the Seder Olam Rabbah, written during ca. 160 CE and meant to be a history of the world, Adam's creation is considered year 0,[dubious ] and his death 930 years later is considered year 930. The Jewish calendar currently in use terms the 5 days prior to Adam's creation year 1, and has Adam created on the first day of year 2.
The period to the Flood is derived using the genealogical table of the ten patriarchs listed in Genesis 5, and 7:6, termed the generations of Adam. According to the Masoretic Text, this period consists of 1656 years, and this dating is also followed by Western Christian Bibles derived from the Latin Vulgate. According to the Samaritan texts the period is 1307 years, and according to the Septuagint (Codex Alexandrinus, Elizabeth Bible) it is 2262 years.
|0 AM||0 AM||The heaven and the earth were created, including Adam and Eve.||Genesis 1:1|
|130 AM||230 AM||Seth born, son of Adam with Eve||Genesis 5:3|
|235 AM||435 AM||Enosh born, son of Seth||Genesis 5:6|
|325 AM||625 AM||Kenan born, son of Enosh||Genesis 5:9|
|395 AM||795 AM||Mahalalel born, son of Kenan||Genesis 5:12|
|460 AM||960 AM||Jared born, son of Mahalalel||Genesis 5:15|
|622 AM||1122 AM||Enoch born, son of Jared||Genesis 5:18|
|687 AM||1287 AM||Methuselah born, son of Enoch||Genesis 5:21|
|874 AM||1474 AM||Lamech born, son of Methusaleh||Genesis 5:25|
|930 AM||930 AM||Adam died at 930||Genesis 5:5|
|987 AM||1487 AM||Enoch "walks with God"||Genesis 5:23-24|
|1042 AM||1142 AM||Seth died at 912||Genesis 5:8|
|1056 AM||1663 AM||Noah born, son of Lamech||Genesis 5:28-29|
|1140 AM||1340 AM||Enosh died at 905||Genesis 5:11|
|1235 AM||1535 AM||Kenan died at 910||Genesis 5:14|
|1290 AM||1690 AM||Mahalalel died at 895||Genesis 5:17|
|1422 AM||1922 AM||Jared died at 962||Genesis 5:20|
|1557 AM||2163 AM||Noah begets Shem, Ham and Japheth. Noah is 500, nearly 501.||Genesis 5:32|
|1651 AM||2207 AM||Lamech died at 777||Genesis 8:4|
|1656 AM||2252 AM||Methuselah died at 969||Genesis 5:31|
|1656 AM||2262 AM||On the seventeenth (Septuagint: 27th) day of the second month, the fountains of the great deep were broken up and the windows of heaven were opened.||Genesis 7:4-11|
|1656 AM||2262 AM||On the seventeenth day of the seventh month, Noah's Ark rested in "mountains of Ararat"||Genesis 7:27|
|1657 AM||2263 AM||On the twenty-seventh day of the second month, Noah and his family left the ark||Genesis 8:13-14|
|1658 AM||2264 AM||Arphaxad born, son of Shem
Shem is 100 years old, nearly 101.
Flood to Abraham 
The period from the creation to Abraham is measured by the genealogies at Genesis 5 and 11, elapsed time being calculated by the addition of the years of the patriarchs at the birth of their offspring. The genealogies exist in three main manuscript traditions, the Masoretic (in Hebrew), the Septuagint (in Greek), and the Samaritan Torah (Hebrew). The three do not agree with each other, here or elsewhere. (The Septuagint is represented in this table by two manuscripts, Alexandrinus and Codex Vaticanus Graecus 1209; dates are Anno Mundi, or AM, meaning year of the world):
|Year of the Flood||1656 AM||2262 AM||2242 AM||1307 AM||The Masoretic, Alexandrinus and Samaritan chronologies records the deaths of all the pre-Flood patriarchs except Noah either in or prior to the Flood, but Vaticanus has Methuselah outlive the Flood by 14 years.|
|Flood to Abraham||292 years||1072 years||1172 years||942 years|
|Year of Abraham's birth||1948 AM||3334 AM||3414 AM||2249 AM||The two sets of patriarchs before and after the Flood are exactly symmetrical: there are ten in each group, and the final members of each, Noah and Terah, each have three sons who will begin the next section of the chronology.|
The following is a list of biblical patriarchs from Shem to Abraham, given with their Masoretic date.
|Masoretic date||Event||Bible verse|
|1658 AM||Arphaxad born, son of Shem||Genesis 11:10|
|1693 AM||Shelah born, son of Arphaxad||Genesis 11:12|
|1723 AM||Eber born, son of Shelah||Genesis 11:14|
|1757 AM||Peleg born, son of Eber||Genesis 11:16|
|1787 AM||Reu born, son of Peleg||Genesis 11:18|
|1819 AM||Serug born, son of Reu||Genesis 11:20|
|1849 AM||Nahor born, son of Serug||Genesis 11:22|
|1878 AM||Terah born, son of Nahor||Genesis 11:24|
|1948 AM||Abram born, son of Terah †||Genesis 11:26|
† This and subsequent dates rest on the assumption that Abram is the firstborn of Terah, which is not necessarily accepted within Christian tradition, because Act ch.7 v.4 is generally translated to mean that Abram left Haran after the death of his father. 
Abraham to United Monarchy 
||This section needs additional citations for verification. (February 2012)|
The BCE dates, prior to the kings period, are estimated dates and based on a continuous judges rule which was not the case. Intermediary periods with no judges existed, and judges may have overlapped.
|1948 AM||1976 BCE||Abram born, son of Terah||Genesis 11:26.|
|1958 AM||1966 BCE||Sarai born, wife of Abram||Genesis 17:17|
|1996 AM||1928 BCE||Peleg died||Genesis 11:19|
|1997 AM||1927 BCE||Nahor died||Genesis 11:25|
|2006 AM||1918 BCE||Noah died||Genesis 9:28|
|2026 AM||1898 BCE||Reu died||Genesis 11:21|
|2034 AM||1890 BCE||Ishmael born, son of Abram with Sarai's handmaiden Hagar||Genesis 16:16|
|2047 AM||1877 BCE||Abram and Sarai renamed Abraham and Sarah by the LORD.
Abraham was circumcised.
Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed
|2048 AM||1876 BCE||Isaac born, son of Abraham with Sarah||Genesis 21:5|
|2049 AM||1875 BCE||Serug died||Genesis 11:23|
|2083 AM||1841 BCE||Terah died||Genesis 11:32|
|2085 AM||1839 BCE||Sarah died||Genesis 23:1|
|2096 AM||1828 BCE||Arpachshad died||Genesis 11:13|
|2108 AM||1816 BCE||Jacob and Esau born, sons of Isaac with Rebekah||Genesis 25:26|
|2123 AM||1801 BCE||Abraham died||Genesis 25:7|
|2126 AM||1798 BCE||Shelah died||Genesis 11:15|
|2157 AM||1767 BCE||Shem died||Genesis 11:11|
|2171 AM||1753 BCE||Ishmael died||Genesis 25:17|
|2187 AM||1737 BCE||Eber died||Genesis 11:17|
|2199 AM||1725 BCE||Joseph born, son of Jacob with Rachel||Genesis 41:46|
|2216 AM||1708 BCE||Joseph was sold by his brothers||Genesis 37:2|
|2227 AM||1697 BCE||Joseph interpreted the dreams of the butler and the baker while in prison||Genesis 41:1|
|2228 AM||1696 BCE||Isaac died||Genesis 35:28|
|2229 AM||1695 BCE||Joseph was elevated to Pharaoh's second||Genesis 41:46|
|2238 AM||1686 BCE||Jacob moved to Egypt at the age of 130
After 7 years of plenty and 2 years of famine
When Joseph was 39
|Genesis 47:9, 45:11, 41:46|
|2255 AM||1669 BCE||Jacob died||Genesis 47:28|
|2309 AM||1615 BCE||Joseph died||Genesis 50:26|
|2365 AM||1560 BCE||Aaron born, son of Amram with Jochebed||Exodus 7:7|
|2368 AM||1557 BCE||Moses born, son of Amram with Jochebed||Exodus 7:7|
|2448 AM||1476 BCE||The Israelites left in a mass exodus from Egypt.||Genesis 15:13,
see also 1 Kings 6:1
|2487 AM||1437 BCE||Aaron and Moses died||Deuteronomy 34:7|
|2488 AM||1436 BCE||The Israelites entered Canaan||Joshua 4:19|
|2448–2884 AM||1476–1040 BCE||Period of Joshua, Judges and Saul, first King of Israel||1 Kings 6:1
2 Samuel 5:4
|2853 AM||1071 BCE||Jesse begat David||2 Samuel 5:4|
|2883–2923 AM||1041–1001 BCE||David reigned as king of Israel||1 Kings 2:11 - reigns for 40 years|
|2890 AM||1034 BCE||David moved his capitol from Hebron to Jerusalem||1 Kings 2:11|
|2923–2963 AM||1001–961 BCE||Solomon son of David reigned as king of Israel||1 Kings 11:42|
|2927 AM||997 BCE||Foundation of Temple laid in the 4th year of Solomon's reign
480th year after the Exodus
|1 Kings 6:1|
Divided Monarchy 
The sum of the reigns of the kings of Judah is 430 years, the same as the Septuagint's version of the period between the promise of the Land of Canaan given to Abraham and the covenant at Sinai.
For this period, most historians follow either of the older chronologies established by William F. Albright or Edwin R. Thiele, or the newer chronologies of Gershon Galil and Kenneth Kitchen. See Kings of Israel and Kings of Judah for the differences between these chronologies. These scholarly chronologies may differ for up to about forty years from the traditional Masoretic dates in the early period, while all authorities agree that the last king of Judah, Zedekiah, ruled from 597 to 587 or 586 BCE.
The following table only gives the Anno Mundi dates of the Masoretic tradition and its conversion in the Dionysian era (AM 1 = 3925 BCE).
|2963 AM||961 BCE||The United Monarchy split into two rival kingdoms: Israel in the north and Judah in the south.||1 Kings 12|
|2964–2981 AM||961–944/3 BCE||Rehoboam son of Solomon reigned as king of Judah (Albright: 922–915 BCE; Thiele: 931–913 BCE)||1 Kings 12|
|2964–2986 AM||961/60–939 BCE||Jeroboam I son of Nebat reigned as king of Israel||1 Kings 12|
|2981–2984 AM||944/3–941 BCE||Abijam son of Rehoboam reigned as king of Judah||1 Kings 15|
|2984–3025 AM||941–900 BCE||Asa son of Abijam reigned as king of Judah||1 Kings 15|
|2986–2987 AM||939–938 BCE||Nadab son of Jeroboam I reigned as king of Israel||1 Kings 15|
|2987–3010 AM||938–915 BCE||Baasha reigned as king of Israel||1 Kings 15|
|2990 AM||935 BCE||Jehoshaphat son of Asa born.||1 Kings 22|
|3010–3011 AM||915–914 BCE||Elah son of Baasha reigned as king of Israel||1 Kings 16|
|3011 AM||914 BCE||Zimri reigned as king of Israel for 7 days in Tirzah.||1 Kings 16|
|3011-3015 AM||914-910 BCE||The people of Israel were divided after the death of Zimri, as half wanted Tibni for King, with the other half wanting Omri for King. Omri is declared unofficially as king during 914 BCE.||1 Kings 16|
|3011–3022 AM||914–903 BCE||Omri reigned as king of Israel, after the death of Tibni.||1 Kings 16|
|3022–3042 AM||903–883/2 BCE||Ahab son of Omri reigned as king of Israel||1 Kings 16|
|3025–3050 AM||900–875 BCE||Jehoshaphat son of Asa reigned as king of Judah, from 35 years old until his death at 60 years old.||1 Kings 22|
|3042–3043 AM||883/2–882/1 BCE||Ahaziah son of Ahab reigned as king of Israel||1 Kings 22|
|3047–3054 AM||878/7–871/70 BCE||Jehoram (Joram) son of Jehoshaphat reigned as king of Judah|
|3043–3054 AM||875–871/70 BCE||Joram (Jehoram) son of Ahab reigned as king of Israel|
|3054–3055 AM||871/70–870 BCE||Ahaziah son of Jehoram reigned as king of Judah|
|3055–3061 AM||870–864 BCE||Athaliah wife of Jehoram ruled over Judah|
|3054–3084 AM||871/70–841 BCE||Jehu son of Nimshi reigned as king of Israel|
|3061–3101 AM||864–824 BCE||Joash (Jehoash) son of Ahaziah reigned as king of Judah|
|3084–3100 AM||841–825/4 BCE||Jehoahaz son of Jehu reigned as king of Israel|
|3098–3114 AM||827/6–811 BCE||Jehoash (Joash) son of Jehoahaz reigned as king of Israel|
|3100–3129 AM||825–796 BCE||Amaziah son of Joash reigned as king of Judah|
|3103–3154 AM||822–771/70 BCE||Jeroboam II son of Jehoash reigned as king of Israel|
|3117–3168 AM||808–757/6 BCE||Uzziah (Azariah) son of Amaziah reigned as king of Judah|
|3154–3155 AM||771/70–770 BCE||Zechariah son of Jeroboam II reigned as king of Israel|
|3155–3155 AM||770 BCE||Shallum reigned as king of Israel|
|3155–3166 AM||770–759 BCE||Menahem son of Gadi reigned as king of Israel|
|3166–3168 AM||759–757 BCE||Pekahiah son of Menahem reigned as king of Israel|
|3168–3184||757/6–741/40 BCE||Jotham son of Uzziah reigned as king of Judah|
|3167–3188 AM||758–737 BCE||Pekah son of Remaliah reigned as king of Israel|
|3184–3200 AM||741/40–725 BCE||Ahaz son of Jotham reigned as king of Judah|
|3188–3206 AM||737–719 BCE||Hoshea son of Elah reigned as king of Israel|
|3200–3229 AM||725–696 BCE||Hezekiah son of Ahaz reigned as king of Judah|
|3206 AM||719 BCE||Northern kingdom of Israel fell to Assyria|
|3229–3284 AM||696–641 BCE||Manasseh son of Hezekiah reigned as king of Judah|
|3284–3286 AM||641–639 BCE||Amon son of Manasseh reigned as king of Judah|
|3286–3317 AM||639–608 BCE||Josiah son of Amon reigned as king of Judah|
|3317 AM||608 BCE||Jehoahaz son of Josiah reigned as king of Judah|
|3317–3327 AM||608–598 BCE||Jehoiakim son of Josiah reigned as king of Judah|
|3327 AM||598–597 BCE||Jehoiachin (Jeconiah, Coniah) son of Jehoiakim reigned as king of Judah|
|3327–3338 AM||597–587 BCE||Zedekiah (Mattaniah) son of Josiah reigned as king of Judah|
|3338 AM||587 BCE||Kingdom of Judah fell to Babylon. The destruction of the First Temple of Jerusalem. The start of the Babylonian Exile.|
|3386 AM||539 BCE||The Babylonian Empire falls to the Persians, led by King Cyrus.||Ezra 1|
|3387 AM||538 BCE||End of the Babylonian Exile, as King Cyrus the Great of Persia frees the Jews from exile, in the first year of his reign over Babylon.||Ezra 1|
Jewish computation 
The current Hebrew calendar year numbering system, which counts years from the creation, has been in use for more than 1000 years. The year numbering system was adopted sometime before 3925 Anno Mundi (165 CE), and based on the calculation of Rabbi Yose ben Halafta during about 160 CE in the book Seder Olam Rabbah.
The year numbers are based on the computations of dates and periods found in the Hebrew Bible. In Jewish tradition, "Year 1" is considered to have begun on the 25 of Elul, 6 days before the beginning of "Year 2" on the first of Tishrei, when Adam was created. The new moon of its first month (Tishrei) is designated molad tohu (the mean new moon of chaos or nothing). By Halafta's calculation Adam was created during the year 3761 BCE. However, Seder Olam Rabbah treats the creation of Adam as the beginning of "Year Zero". This results in a two year discrepancy between the years given in Seder Olam Rabbah and the Jewish year used now. For example, Seder Olam Rabbah gives the year of the Exodus from Egypt as 2448 AM; but, according to the current system, the year would be 2450 AM.
Despite the computations by Yose ben Halafta, confusion persisted for a long time as to how the calculations should be applied. During 1000, for example, the Muslim chronologist al-Biruni noted that three different epochs were used by various Jewish communities being one, two, or three years later than the modern epoch. The epoch seems to have been settled by 1178, when Maimonides, in his work Mishneh Torah, described all of the modern rules of the Hebrew calendar, including the modern epochal year. His work has been accepted by Jews as definitive, though it does not correspond to the scientific calculations. For example, the Jewish year for the destruction of the First Temple has traditionally been given as 3338 AM or 421 BCE. This differs from the modern scientific year, which is usually expressed using the Gregorian calendar as 587 BCE. The scientific date takes into account evidence from the ancient Babylonian calendar and its astronomical observations. In this and related cases, a difference between the traditional Jewish year and a scientific date in a Gregorian year results from a disagreement about when the event happened — and not simply a difference between the Jewish and Gregorian calendars. (See the "Missing Years" in the Jewish Calendar.)
In Jewish thought the counting is usually considered to be to the creation of the world, as has been emphasized in many ancient texts dealing with creation chronology that the six days of creation till man are literal days — including the days before the creation of the sun and earth. However, some understand these days metaphorically.
The modern epoch year is set at 3761 BCE, taking into account that there is no year zero in the Julian year count.
See also 
- Anno Mundi
- Byzantine calendar
- Chronology of the Ancient Orient
- Chronology of Babylonia and Assyria
- Dating creation
- History of ancient Israel and Judah
- Timeline of Christianity
- Universal history
- Intertestamental period
- G. Johannes Botterweck, Helmer Ringgren, Heinz-Josef Fabry (eds), "Theological dictionary of the Old Testament"(Eerdmans, 2004; originally published in German, 1992-4)
- Mercer Dictionary of the Bible, Chronology
- Tables from Jeremy Hughes, "Secrets of the Times: Myth and History in Biblical Chronology" (JSOTSS, 66; Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1990; reprinted: LHBOT; London: Continuum, 2009).
- James Barr, Biblical Chronology: Legend or Science? (the Ethel M. Wood lecture, 1987)
- Mattis, Kantor, The Jewish time line encyclopedia: a year-by-year history from Creation to present, Jason Aronson Inc., Northvale, N.J., 1992
- Handbook of Biblical Chronology by Jack Finegan (Revised edition, 1998), ISBN 1-56563-143-9.
- "Biblical Chronology". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913.
- Christine Tetley, "The Reconstructed Chronology of the Divided Kingdom" (Eisenbraun's, 2005)
- Gershon Galil, "The chronology of the kings of Israel and Judah" (Brill, 1996)
- Edwin R. Thiele, "The Mysterious Numbers of the Hebrew Kings" (Zondervan, 1983)
- James Maxwell Miller, John Haralson Hayes, "A history of ancient Israel and Judah" (Westminster John Knox, 1986)
- Thomas L. Thompson, "The historicity of the Patriarchal narratives" (Trinity Press, 2002)
- Thomas L. Thompson, "Early History of the Israelite People" (Brill, 1994)
- Philippe Guillaume, Tracing the Origin of Origin of the Sabbatical Calendar in the Priestly Narrative (Genesis 1 to Joshua 5) in Ehud Ben Zvi (ed) "Perspectives on Hebrew Scriptures II, Volume 5" (Gorgias Press, 2007)
- J. Maxwell Miller, "Another Look at the Chronology of the Early Divided Monarchy", Journal of Biblical Literature, 1967
- Thomas L. Thompson, "The historicity of the patriarchal narratives" (Trinity Press, 2002) pp.14-15
- Everett Jenkins, The creation: secular, Jewish, Catholic, Protestant, and Muslim perspectives
- Gordon J. Wenham, "The Book of Leviticus" (Eerdmans, 1979) p.302, note 4
- Catholic Encyclopedia: Biblical Chronology
- G.F. Hasel, "Genesis 5 and 11: Chronogenealogies in the Biblical History of Beginnings"
- History and ideology in the Old Testament, by James Barr, fn.6, p.63
- Judges 3:8
- see e.g. The Jerusalem Chronology of the Israelite Monarchies, by Brad Aaronson (1989)
- Wayne Sibley Towner, "Genesis", (Westminster John Knox, 2001) p.75
- Maimonides (Times:Laws of 7th year, chapt 10): For instance this year is ... and which is also counted as 4936 to the creation... is a Shemita year."
- p.107, Kantor. Note that the book Seder Olam Rabah has been continuously edited throughout the ages, and probably reached its current version around 806 CE according to the historian Leopold Zunz.
- Genesis 2:7
- Leopold Zunz On Time and Literature Zur Geschichte und Literatur opening chapter.
- See The Remaining Signs of Past Centuries.
- e.g.Maimonides Guide to the Perplexed (chapt 25): For two reasons, however, we have not done so, and have not accepted the Eternity of the Universe.... [A] mere argument in favour of a certain theory is not sufficient reason for rejecting the literal meaning of a Biblical text, and explaining it figuratively, when the opposite theory [of literalism] can be supported by an equally good argument. SacredTexts.com
- e.g.Ramban on Genesis 1:3, And there was light: ...You should know that the "days" mentioned in the account of Creation, concerning the creating of heaven and earth, were real days, made up of hours and minutes, and there were six of them, like the [regular] six days of the work[week], in accordance with the simple understanding of the verse. (Translator's footnote:) Although there was no sun or moon for the first three days, so "day" cycles as we know them today did not exist then, nevertheless the six days of creation were six periods of twenty-four hours each. The Torah: with Ramban's commentary translated, annotated, and elucidated. Translated by Rabbi Yaakov Binder in collaboration with Rabbi Yoseph Kamenetsky. Artscroll Mesorah Publications, Ltd.
- Rabbi A. Kook (Orot Hakodesh Book 2 Chapt 537): If these six days were simply six days, why then would they be called "The secrets of creation" and why would it be forbidden to learn them until correctly prepared... The theory of evolution is increasingly conquering the world at this time, and, more so than all other philosophical theories, conforms to the kabbalistic secrets of the world. Evolution, which proceeds on a path of ascendancy, provides an optimistic foundation for the world. How is it possible to despair at a time when we see that everything evolves and ascends? ... My Jewish Learning