The Annals of the World by James Ussher

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The Annals of the World by James Ussher

According to Ussher the world was created in 4004 BC.Over the centuries many scholars have tried to date the events in the Bible and thus establish the date of the Creation. James Ussher, Archbishop of Armagh from 1625 to 1665, and a keen scholar, aimed to complete a history of the world from Creation to AD 70. In 1650 the result of his efforts was published in Latin: Annales veteris testamenti, a prima mundi origine deducti. In 1658 the first English edition The Annals of the World was published. This is one of that first printing in English. Ussher dated creation to 23 October, 4004BC. This date has since been a guideline for scholars with a belief in the literal truth of the Bible to refine Ussher's chronology and establish a date for a creation as described in the Bible. The science of the study of the earth has long since refuted Ussher's chronology. James Hutton, the great geologist and Scottish Enlightenment figure did this in 1788 with his paper at the Royal Society of Edinburgh: "we find no vestige of a beginning, no prospect of an end."

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