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Thiele also pointed out from the records of Shalmaneser III that this Assyrian king received tribute from King Jehu in the Assyrian's 18th year, and this would fit with Jehu's first year of reign.Therefore, there are these two early points of positive synchronism between Israel and Assyria which fix the date of Ahab's death and provide a solid point of reckoning chronology for all the Hebrew kings.The careful Bible student will realize that these two points of synchronism are not found in the Bible.
The Hebrew kings have always been difficult and frustrating to date because Hebrew history is not tied to astronomical events.
However, other ancient peoples' histories have been much easier to chronicle because they report astronomical events such as eclipses of the sun in their histories. Therefore, Thiele sought for a opportunity to link the astronomically dated history of the Assyrians, with whom Israel had definite encounters, to the history of the Hebrew kings in order to have accurate links in time for the history of the Hebrew Kings.
An eclipse of the sun occurred on June 15, 763 BC, and this allowed Thiele to fix every other name in the complete Assyrian lists of rulers from 891 to 648 B.
C., recorded astronomically dated history from Nabonassar era in 747 B. up through all the Babylonian, Persian kingdoms as well as and up to Alexander the Great.
Ptolemy provided a large number of solar, lunar and planetary positions with their dates, and over 80 of these have been verified by modern astronomers.
Thiele was again able to confirm the eclipse date of 763 B. from Ptolemy's canon, and found many other cross references between Assyrian records and Ptolemy's canon.Thiele sought the earliest point of positive synchronism between Israel and Assyria, and he found this during the reigns of Ahab, Jehu and Shalmaneser III.Thiele found in the records of the Assyrian King Shalmaneser III that in the Assyrian's sixth year of reign, Ahab joined forces with the western allies in resisting Shalmaneser III at the battle of Qarqar. C., and he also dated Ahab's death in the same year.Miller gives the following solution: Second, there is the problem of chronology.A comparison of the Assyrian and Biblical records would suggest the following.The events recorded in 1 Kings 20 occurred before the battle of Qarqar (853 B.