Annals of the World
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James Ussher (4 January 1581–21 March 1656) was the Anglican Archbishop of Armagh (in what is now Northern Ireland). His work, Annales veteris testamenti, a prima mundi origine deducti (Annals of the Old Testament, deduced from the first origins of the world), appeared in 1650, and its continuation, Annalium pars postierior, in 1654. He gives the date of the Creation to have been nightfall preceding 23 October 4004 BC.
This date has been made popular by the inclusion of his dates in the central column of the Scofield Reference Bible, as well as in Edward Hull's Wallchart of World History (republished as recently as 1995 by Barnes and Noble). Many have accepted this to be the "true" date of Creation "according to the Bible."
However, it was not the only attempt to calculate the date of creation "according to the Bible," and others who attempted the same task arrived at quite different dates.
A summary (in ascending order) follows. The dates given for creation vary by almost 2000 years.
(All dates BC)
Byzantine Church 5509 or 5508
Maria de Agreda 5199
Bede 3953 or 3952
Scaliger 3950 or 3949
Jewish 3760 or 3721
Note especially chronologies vary according to text-type, as follows:
A PDF of the Annals is available from http://www.archive.o...nnalsOfTheWorld
Posted 01 June 2009 - 07:20 AM
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