The Biblical Chronologist began with the research of Dr. Aardsma in the late 1980's. His missing millennium discovery in 1990 promised to shed new light on many long-standing problems between the Bible and secular studies. In 1995, Dr. Aardsma began devoting himself full time to researching the implications of his discovery for these problems and publishing the results. He founded Aardsma Research and Publishing (ARP) early in 1995, and the first issue of The Biblical Chronologist newsletter was published in February of that year. Six issues were published each year on a fixed, bimonthly schedule. Issues were printed by LaserJet on loose leaf 8.5 by 11 sheets of paper and mailed to subscribers.
1995 through 1999
Dr. Aardsma's concentrated research in the five years from 1995 through 1999 produced remarkable results. He has described this half-decade as the "golden years of research and discovery." Following the foundational missing millennium discovery, other pieces began to fall into place as Dr. Aardsma worked systematically back into ever more ancient times. For example:
By early 1999, the ultimate goal of a complete unification of secular and biblical chronologies of earth history had been achieved. Dr. Aardsma's research was published in The Biblical Chronologist newsletter at each step along the way.
- The walls which fell before Joshua and his army at Jericho were located.
- The Israelite exodus from Egypt was clearly identified in Egyptian history, and the early part of the route of the exodus was mapped.
- A new candidate for the biblical Mt. Sinai was proposed, and many remains of the Israelite encampment there were found.
- The famine which Joseph foretold as a result of Pharaoh's dream was located in the archaeology of Palestine and associated with an atmospheric radiocarbon anomaly.
- The timing, nature, and mechanism of Noah's Flood were brought to light.
- A non-traditional candidate for the biblical Ararat mountain on which Noah's Ark had come to rest was identified, and a computer- and satellite-aided search for Noah's Ark was inaugurated.
2000 through 2002
In 2000, with the true nature of the Flood understood for the first time, Dr. Aardsma began to turn his attention increasingly to the question of why human lifespans were so much greater prior to the Flood than they were afterwards. The Flood had clearly altered something in some way to bring about this change. What exactly had it altered, and, most importantly, might anything be done to correct the problem and restore human lifespans to pre-Flood values? Bimonthly publication of The Biblical Chronologist newsletter continued during these years.
2003 through 2019
In 2003, research into the human longevity problem having made significant progress, bimonthly publication of The Biblical Chronologist newsletter was halted to free up Dr. Aardsma's time to pursue this vital research question as expeditiously as possible.
A lone issue was published in May 2008, clarifying the nature of the crater at Mt. Yeroham (the biblical Mt. Sinai) and bringing to a conclusion several years of research into IO3, a Noah's Ark candidate on Mt. Cilo.
Meanwhile, Dr. Aardsma remained absorbed in the problem of discovering why human longevity had plummeted following Noah's Flood.
2020 to the Present
Dr. Aardsma's research into human longevity culminated in a set of theoretical and experimental studies, conducted between late 2014 and mid-2019, which were able to elucidate the cause---and the cure---of aging. This enabled publication of The Biblical Chronologist newsletter to resume in 2020.
Three changes were initiated with the resumption of publication, all made possible by the advent of a seasoned Internet. First, printing and mailing of hard copies to subscribers was replaced by electronic publication via the Internet. This change reduced the time and expense of publication.
Second, an open access model of publication was adopted, eliminating most of the business side of publication and thereby facilitating progress in the quest for truth which has always been the hallmark of The Biblical Chronologist.
Third, publication was freed from its former, rigid, bimonthly schedule, enabling research results to be made public, and hence useful, as quickly as possible.