My reckoning of dates in this article is based on an autumnal calendar beginning on 1 Tishri; the spring calendar accepted by a majority of scholars was in general use in Babylonia but not, in my view, in Judah. My position is explained in “The Last Kings of Judah and the Fall of Jerusalem,” Israel Exploration Journal 18 (1968), pp. 137–156, and in “A Chronological Note,” in Israel in Biblical Times (in Hebrew), pp. 243–247. According to the chronological system that I use, Jerusalem survived until 586 B.C.E. rather than the generally accepted date of 587 B.C.E. Thus, according to my chronology, the siege of Jerusalem lasted two and a half years rather than one and a half years.