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  • Ken Griffith

    April 18, 2021 at 4:53 pm

    Hi Deborah!

    Your alternative proposal is feasible, and I have nothing against it. However, it runs into one problem.

    In Galatians 3:16, Saint Paul quotes Genesis 12:7 when talking about the “your seed” promise made 430 years before the giving of the law, mentioned in verse 17. This pinpoints Genesis 12:7 as the terminus a quo of the 430 years.

    Genesis 12:7 is between the verses where Abraham crossed the Euphrates and verses where he went down to Egypt.

    Therefore, the if Scripture is inerrant, then the 430 years must begin in the year of entry into Canaan, not 20 years before in Haran.