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  • Ken Griffith

    April 18, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    The second consequent passage, Acts 13:17–20, does not include the number 430 for the time of the Egyptian so- journ, but it does state that three different events total about 450 years when added together: the sojourn, the forty years of wandering in the desert, and the conquest of the seven nations—which culminated in the parceling out of the promised land to the Israelite tribes.

    The short-sojourn interpretation would slightly disagree with that summary. In context the 450 years is given from the “choosing of the fathers” until the division of the land. Ussher & Jones argue that the 400 years of affliction began with the weaning and choosing of Isaac over Ishmael, and the expulsion of Ishmael, in 1891 BC, which was 30 years after Abram’s first descent into Egypt in 1921 BC, which began the sojourn in Misrayim.

    It could be wrong, but that is the position you are arguing against, Dr. Petrovich.

    One could argue that the “choosing of the fathers” was the first covenant with Abram, or Isaac’s blessing of Jacob, or even Jacob’s blessing of his sons. But the choice of Isaac and banishment of Ishmael was the only case where the father himself deliberately and clearly choose one son over the other.