Monday, October 22, 2012



        According to calculations made by James Ussher, Archbishop of Armagh, the first moment of creation took place at the onset of evening  (6 p.m.) proceeding 0ctober 23, 4004 bc.  These calculations were made by working backwards from the birth of Jesus in 4 b.c. (Ussher accounted for Dionysius' error in calculating the year of Jesus' birth) based upon the ages of the Patriarchs and the Kings of Israel as set forth in the Old Testament.

By Ussher's calculations, October 23 would have been a Sunday, the first day of the seven day week described in Genesis that would conclude on Saturday, the sabbath day of rest. 

Ussher's dating of the Exodus from Egypt to 1491 bc comports with the modern scholarship of its dating (to the extent it took place as a historic event) to a so called "early Exodus."

Ussher's chronology achieved its fame by being incorporated into numerous Bibles, they sometimes listing is dates in marginal notes.  Numerous similar chronologies, including one by Isaac Newton, failed to be so referenced and in so doing faded into obscurity.

Of course it is all malarkey; the age of the Earth is measured in billions, not thousands, of years.  In addition, if Creation took place at 6 pm, was that Eastern Standard Time?

            October 22 is also the anniversary of the “Great Disappointment,” the failure of the Second Coming predicted by William Miller and certain of his disciples based upon their interpretation of Biblical texts.  When October 23, 1844 dawned the fallacy of their prediction was laid bare.

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