re: "would you care to elaborate?"
I think I did that in the OP.
re: "you seem to be alluding to a literal interpretation of bible chronology..."
That would be correct with regard to Matthew 12:40. However, if there is writing from the first century or before that shows otherwise, I would very much like to see it.
re: "..., which seems purely academic unless you are seriously going to argue in favour of young earth creationism..."
I don't know what that has to do with the OP, but I'm not.
re: "so - do you accept the bible is inconsistent..."
It certainly seems to be from time to time.
re: "...are you a young earth creationist?"
I have no belief - a conviction - one way or the other with regard to that.