|The 408th year of 1Kings 6:1 in which Solomon began to build the Temple|
And it came to pass in the four hundred and eightieth year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year
of Solomon's reign over Israel, in the month Zif, which is the second month, that he began to build the house of the LORD.
(1 Kings 6:1)
Some have been confused in their chronologies by the text of 1 Kings 6:1, whereby the fourth regnal year of King Solomon does not seem to correspond
with the count of years from the exodus. The solution is simple. During the time when the judges ruled, Israel fell all too frequently into idolatry
and God therefore gave them over into the hands of oppressors to teach them to honour Him alone. The depressing history is one of Oppression -
Repentance - Cry unto God - He sends a Deliverer - Israel obey while the Deliverer remains alive - Then they fall back into Idolatry - So God sends
another Oppressor, and the cycle repeats.|
The years during which God was not honoured as King were simply ignored by Him when reckoning up the years of His Kingdom; as far as God is concerned those years were time so wasted as to be worthless and of no account, therefore they were not included in His count of years in 1 Kings 6:1.
God had disowned them.
The successive periods of Theocracy and Oppression (and one brief usurper) were as follows:-
The exodus from Egypt was in the year 2513 AH.
Solomon became King of Israel upon the death of his father King David in 3103 AH.
The fourth year of his reign (an ordinal number) was therefore 3106 AH:
The calendar years between the exodus and the fourth of Solomon were: 3106 - 2513 = 593
Subtract the 114 years disowned by God: 593 - 114 = 479
Finally, add one year because we are dealing here with an ordinal number (the 480th year),
not a cardinal number (which would have been "year number 480") thus: 479 + 1 = 480,
and we have the 480th year of the Kingdom since the exodus from Egypt as stated in 1 Kings 6:1.
As always, the Hebrew scripture is entirely accurate.