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In History, 10-23

Today, in 4004 BC, God created the heavens and the earth, according to James Ussher.

James Ussher (1581-1656), Archbishop of Armagh, Primate of All Ireland, and Vice-Chancellor of Trinity College in Dublin was highly regarded in his day as a churchman and as a scholar. Of his many works, his treatise on chronology has proved the most durable. Based on an intricate correlation of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean histories and Holy writ, it was incorporated into an authorized version of the Bible printed in 1701, and thus came to be regarded with almost as much unquestioning reverence as the Bible itself. Having established the first day of creation as Sunday 23 October 4004 BC, ... Ussher calculated the dates of other biblical events, concluding, for example, that Adam and Eve were driven from Paradise on Monday 10 November 4004 BC, and that the ark touched down on Mt Ararat on 5 May 2348 BC ‘on a Wednesday’. – Craig, G. Y. and E. J. Jones. A Geological Miscellany. Princeton University Press, 1982.

2005-10-23 at 2:30 PM MT | |

Blogger Carla sayth,

I just wanted to say thank you for posting this today. We included this in our family devotions tonight, and our 6 year old said "well, in that case, we need to declare October 23rd "Creation Day" and have a holiday!" (we all agreed)

SDG ~ Carla

10/23/2005 6:12 PM  
Blogger Loki Odinsson sayth,

That's a good idea. Of course, even Ussher understood that he couldn't precisely name the exact day f creation, but I believe he was close. How close? Probably within a century, which is pretty close.

One source claimed Ussher put the initial creation at precisely 9:00 AM GMT, but I couldn't find that in his Annals of the World.

10/23/2005 6:36 PM  
Blogger Kyle sayth,

What I can't figure is what evidence he had for the time between the creation and the fall. Because they hadn't had kids yet?

10/24/2005 2:59 PM  
Blogger Loki Odinsson sayth,

Kyle, that's a good question. I'll have to look into that when I get time.

10/24/2005 4:23 PM