Friday, March 11, 2016

Genesis Solves Sumerian King List

By God's grace I have resolved the numeric reigns of the Sumerian King List so that they equal their subtotals, determined which dynasties were concurrent with each other, and synchronized them to the Bible's chronology.  The book is titled, Genesis Solves Sumerian King List, and it is available at Amazon  (I also uploaded it to IngramSpark, but Amazon is quicker and less expensive.)  I have updated my interactive timeline with the new regnal dates. For those interested in Bible chronology and archaeology, a synopsis of the book follows.

Genesis Solves Sumerian King List, provides regnal dates connecting Ham's son Cush (Gishur) to Hammurabi.  The application of Biblical markers of time, temperature, and tyranny clarify abrupt changes in site stratigraphy.  Noah and his family descended from Mt. Ararat in 2347 BC and planted grains and a vineyard, raised “clean” animals, built homes, produced red-black burnished ware, and made tools and created arsenical bronze according to the surrounding sites.  Their children lived an average of 445 years.  In 2247 BC Peleg was born, and God established the four couples as leaders of river nations in the “four quarters of the earth”: Noah (China), Japheth (India), Shem (Mesopotamia), and Ham (Africa) prior to the snow blitz of the Ice Age described by Job.  The homes were built closer together and had high or roof entrances during this time of snow drifts. Ur shows a drop in sea level followed by a rise above sea level as glaciers melted. 
Though Cush fathered a nation (Ethiopia) in Africa, he returned to rule the cities he built in Sumer/Shinar: Ur, Kish, and Uruk/Erech.  Cush of Ur became known as CushUr (Gishur in Sumerian King List) and had a son named Nimrod (Enmerkar).  Cush was not adept at making pottery, but his might could make people submit to him (the Ubaid expansion), and his son Nimrod was an even worse tyrant (the Uruk expansion).  Nimrod thought a fortified city (Babel) and a massive ziggurat could protect him and his people from being moved again.  This time God not only scattered the people (Early Bronze Age abandonment), but He also created about seventy base languages.  The original language was Akkadian (a form of ancient Hebrew) which was written using cuneiform; Nimrod’s was dubbed “Sumerian.”  458 years later, Nimrod's Babel became Hammurabi's Babylon .