Friday, October 27, 2006

Happy Belated Birthday, Earth


Speaking of the earth, did anyone else besides me forget to wish it a Happy 6009th Birthday on Monday? Well, according to some, we should have.

It was on that day, October 23rd, in the year 4004 BC, that God (allegedly) created the world. Well, that is, according to James Ussher (1581-1656) (Anglican archbishop of Armagh, Ireland; Primate of All Ireland; and Vice-Chancellor of Trinity College in Dublin) in his book, The Annals of the World (circa 1658).

That means, according to Mr. Ussher, Adam and Eve were driven from Paradise on Monday, November 10, 4004 BC; and Noah's ark touched down on Mt. Ararat on May 5, 2348 BC (that was a Wednesday, bye the way).

So, Happy Belated 6009th Birthday, Earth.

3 Comments:

At 10/30/2006 4:56 PM, Anonymous John Dekker said...

Well, it completely passed me by as well.

And I believe Ussher also said the world was created at 10am.

 
At 10/30/2006 5:01 PM, Anonymous John Dekker said...

Oh, I googled it, and there are not many references (you were #4) -but moonflake and Reflections, Ideas, and Schemes also feature it.

 
At 11/01/2006 5:57 PM, Blogger The Wittenberg Door said...

Don't forget Westminster Devine, John Lightfoot:

"Heaven and earth, center and circumference, were made in the same instant of time, and clouds full of water; and man was created by the Trinity on October 26, 4004 B.C., at nine o’clock in the morning."

 

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