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by Robert Frantz
(Cincinnati Ohio 45242)

In "THEOPHILUS TO AUTOLYCUS", Book 1, Chapter 28, Theophilus states:
". . . From the creation of the world to the deluge were 2242 years.
And from the deluge to the time when Abraham our forefather begat a son, 1036 years. . . "

So according to Theophilus, from Adam to Isaac = 2242 + 1036 = 3278 years

But according to the Bible (Genesis 5:3-32 and Genesis 11:10):
From the creation of the world to the deluge were 1656 years.

And according to the Bible (Genesis 11:10-26 and Genesis 21:5):
From the deluge to the time when Abraham our forefather begat a son, 392 years.

So according to the Bible, from Adam to Isaac = 1656 + 392 = 2048 years

The difference between Theophilus and the Bible:
From Adam to Isaac = 3278 - 2048 = 1230 year difference!!!

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Mar 22, 2012
Septuagint vs. Masoretic Text
by: Paul Pavao (webmaster)

Theophilus, like all early Christians, used the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures. Its birth dates are different for the men before the flood, usually by 100 years.

The Septuagint is a translation, but it is translated from a Hebrew text almost a thousand years older than anything we have available to work from today.

About half the quotes from the Hebrew Scriptures that we find in the apostles' writings are from the Septuagint as well, though the exact percentage is hard to determine. As far as the early Christian writings go, pretty much every quote from the 2nd and 3rd centuries is from the Septuagint.

That's the reason Theophilus has different dates. Textually, it is likely that his are better than ours.

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