Item description for The Annals of the World by James Ussher, Larry Pierce & Marion Pierce...
Considered not only a classic work of literature, but also esteemed for its preciseness and accuracy, The Annals of the World has not been published in the English language since the 17th century. Almost completely inaccessible to the public for three centuries, this book is a virtual historical encyclopedia with information and footnotes to history that otherwise would have been lost forever.
Covering history from the beginning through the first century A.D., Ussher relates both famous accounts and little known events in the lives of the famous and infamous including pharaohs, Caesars, kings, conquerors, thieves, pirates, and murderers. He tells of the rise and fall of great and not-so-great nations and gives accounts of the events that shaped the world.
As a historical work, Ussher's Annals of the Worldis a must-have for libraries of all sizes. Universities, public and private schools, professors, independent scholars, and pastors will find a treasure-trove of material previously unavailable. Containing many human interest stories from the original historical documents collected by Ussher, this is more than just a history book - it's a work of history.
A Literary Classic:
*Important literary work that has been inaccessible in book form for over 300 years
*Translated into modern English for the first time from the original Latin text
*Traces world history from creation through A.D. 70
*Over 10,500 footnotes from the original text have been updated to references from works in the Loeb Classical Library by Harvard Press
*Over 2,500 citations from the Bible and the Apocrypha
*Ussher's original citations have been checked against the latest textual scholarship
*Why was Julius Caesar kidnapped in 75 B.C.?
*Why did Alexander the Great burn his ships in 326 B.C.?
*What really happened when the sun "went backward" as a sign to Hezekiah?
*Discover the accurate chronology of earth history
*What does secular history say about the darkness at the Crucifixion?
Publishers Description A remarkable work of history from the beginning to the world to 70 BC.
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Studio: Master Books; imprint
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 2" Width: 8.5" Height: 11" Weight: 4.65 lbs.
Release Date Mar 6, 2007
Publisher New Leaf Press/Master Books
ISBN 0890515107 ISBN13 9780890515105
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More About James Ussher, Larry Pierce & Marion Pierce
Highly educated and well-traveled, Archbishop James Ussher set out in 1650 on what would be a five-year task to write a history of the world. Ussher left his native Ireland and traveled Europe, seeking historical documents and other writings to aid in his research. Many of the source texts used by him have been destroyed through the centuries, while Ussher's book still contains events otherwise lost forever. A meticulous researcher, compiler and Bible scholar, Ussher used the date of Nebuchadnezzar as a historical reference point, and traced the biblical genealogies backward from there to arrive at a date for creation -- not millions of years ago, but only a few thousand. He then set his collection of world events and biblical events in chronological order, and The Annals of the World is the remarkable result. For years, Ussher's timeline was used in King James Versions of the Bible as a reference for the events there. Ussher was one of the greatest scholars and theologians of his time, and rose to prominence within the Church of Ireland at a very young age. Ussher had a great love of books as well as history, and was known for his extensive library, which went on to form the core of the famous library at Trinity College in Dublin.
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The Most Interesting History Of The World You're Every Likely To Read Sep 27, 2007
I'd been reading about James Ussher's "The Annals of the World" for years but had never seen a copy. It has long been famous because of Ussher's claim that the world and everything in it was created at sundown on the day before October 23, 4004 BC. But it wasn't until I was doing the research for a book I was writing, "Authors Of The Bible" that my urge to own a copy became strong enough to make the plunge. I'm very glad I did because what I found was not only a systematic, dated arrangement of the stories of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, but also of the history of what is often called "the known world" up through the Roman conquest of Judaea in 73 AD.
In addition to being the Archbishop of Ireland in the mid-seventeenth century, James Ussher was an outstanding scholar. Among the many classics he translated into English were various accounts of Alexander the Great. In the nearly ninety pages principally devoted to a running account of Alexander's conquests, there is a great deal of information not easily found elsewhere. It should be noted that--as you might expect from a careful scholar--Ussher documents his sources with great thoroughness. Ussher describes how, after Alexander's death, his empire was broken into three pieces and proceeds to document the history of the Mediterranean and Near Eastern world through the period of Greek control and the rise of the Roman empire. Ussher tells a fascinating story with many gossipy, juicy details.
Now, if you're thinking that the language in a book written in the seventeenth century is going to be stiff, dull, and nearly unreadable, think again. Larry and Marion Pierce updated the seventeenth century English translation (Ussher's work was originally published in Latin--the international language of the day--as were virtually scholarly works of the time). Where Larry and Marion Pierce had questions as to what an obsolete English word meant, they took the trouble to go back to Ussher's original Latin and translate it directly. The Pierces have done a masterful job.
There's no doubt about it. This is a full five-star book which can't help but captivating anyone interested in history. If you ever have the desire (or need) to escape from a boring or stressful day, I can't think of a more enjoyable way to do it than by picking up this book and reading a hundred pages or two. You'll find, as I did, that it's to put it down.
Fred Glynn Author of "Authors of The Bible" www.authorsofthebible.com firstname.lastname@example.org
September 27, 2007
History at its best Apr 10, 2007
I was wanting this book for some time now. It really was excited when I received it. I must have spent several hours just scanning it and seeing how it was structured. The book is very well done and I love how the structure is laid out. It makes it easier to understand. What I like about it is that I can not go to my bible and find an event that happened in the past and then go to the Annals and understand where it fits into everything. Very cool for my study work. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves history.
Annals of the World/paperback Mar 10, 2007
I just received this item in the mail. Although I am exceedingly impressed with the "Annals of the World" (which, for content, I would give a 5 rating), I was extremely disappointed that the paperback version did NOT include the CD which is included in the hardback edition. To me, that CD is more valuable than the book. So, the paperback version is not worth buying--when you can get the hardback for only about $20. more.
If you are not a computer user, you might be okay with the paperback. Still, I'm sure you could find someone who would pay you $20 for the CD if you couldn't use it, and you could still come out ahead by buying the hardback version.