The Mysterious Number 480 in 1 Kings 6:1Many people have tried to make the chronology of the earlier part of the Deuteronomistic History work, even though it is both internally inconsistent and inconsistent with what we know of the chronology of the period from outside sources. I don't find any of these efforts very persuasive.
There is a plausible option that 1 Kgs 6:1 and Judg 11:26 are parts of an ancient chronological scheme which was used in pre-exilic royal archives to connect the past history of Israel (the exodus and the settlement) to the chronology of the monarchy.
See Also: Guide to Biblical Chronology (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2015).
By Antti Laato
Professor in Old Testament Exegetics with Judaic Studies
Åbo Akademi University, Turku Finland
Wednesday, May 04, 2016
The 480 years of 1 Kings 6:1
THE BIBLE AND INTERPRETATION: