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#1 sirglandon

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 10:30 AM

I would love to have Ussher's Annals of the World and a timeline module to go along with it. That would be a huge task, but it sure would be valuable to me.

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 04:48 PM

Having just completed a brief study on Bible chronology, I would like to offer the following information.

James Ussher (4 January 158121 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
Jackson 5426
Josephus 5421
Hales 5411
Auchincloss 5300
Eusebius 5200
Maria de Agreda 5199
Septuagint 5086
Clinton 4138
Elliott 4128
Sharpe 4121
Goodenow 4104
Ussher 4004
Samaritan 4001
Newton 4000
Kepler 3992
Petavius 3984
Bede 3953 or 3952
Scaliger 3950 or 3949
Lightfoot 3929
Jewish 3760 or 3721
Massorete 3700

Note especially chronologies vary according to text-type, as follows:
Massorete 3700
Samaritan 4001
Septuagint 5086

A PDF of the Annals is available from http://www.archive.o...nnalsOfTheWorld

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Posted 01 June 2009 - 07:20 AM

It is certainly true that there is much discussion regarding the actual date of creation, which is understandable considering the several places where the genealogies and date spans are confusing or uncertain. However, Ussher gives us quite a bit of accurate detail insofar as the individuals relate to one another in time. This would be an excellent starting point for many who wish to add to his work in creating their own timeline.




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