The Bible Chronology site replaces a distributed programme which was written in England during the '90s by Martin Thompson.
Martin had met A E Ware's work on Bible Chronology back in 1981, and had realised its immense importance for understanding the Bible and the times we live in. Later Martin helped prepare some of the appendices for Frank Paine's book "The Miracle of Time", and began to explore ways of explaining how the calendars and chronologies of the Bible work.
This led him to write the Bible Chronology programme. It was first used to model and refine the work of A E Ware, Frank Paine and others, and to build up a database of Bible events. Tutorials, comments, helps and additional functionality were then added so that others could use the program for their own studies.
For the last 8 years, Derek Walker, Pastor of Oxford Bible Church, has been working with Martin to overcome some of the unresolved issues of Bible Chronology.
This work is now being made available live on the internet so that subscribers can get the benefit of additions to Events and The Book, and new Tutorials as they become available.
The site runs on an expandable hosting platform, which means it is not restricted by bandwidth, storage or server loads. As usage grows, the website is ready to grow with it. The site is built on the Ruby on Rails framework. This is leading edge stuff, but site users will reap the benefit of it in the long-term as we roll out the services that this technology makes possible.
Pigment are a Web Development company who specialise in developing sites using Ruby on Rails. Martin has known two of the directors, Sam Oliver and Joff Williams for many years, and has worked on several other projects with them. Sam and Joff are responsible for much of the development work on the site. We owe a big thanks to them because they're the guys with the expertise that's enabling us to make the site work the way it does! Sam & Joff can be found at www.thinkpigment.com.
Derek Walker is Pastor of Oxford Bible Church. He gained a 1st Class Honours degree in Mathematics at St. Catherine's College, Oxford, so he's the reason the sums work! He claims he just "winged a first", but somehow we suspect you can't "wing" a first in maths at Oxford. Derek can be found at www.oxfordbiblechurch.co.uk.
Chris Page also has a 1st Class Honours degree in Mathematics from London. He's a Ruby programmer, so he's the reason the programmes that work out the Calendars and Chronologies actually do work!
Liz Thompson is Martin's long-suffering wife. Liz has a language degree, and if the contents of the site make any sense, it's down to Liz.
Martin Thompson has a degree in Management Sciences and a background in management and computing. These skills are meant to come together on this site, but it's really the skills of the others that have made it happen.