The Annals of the World James Ussher’s Classic Survey of World History
Master Books commissioned this important literary work to be updated from the 17th-century original Latin manuscript to modern English and made available to the general public for the first time. In its pages can be found the fascinating history of the ancient world from the Genesis creation through the destruction of the Jerusalem temple.
Why was Julius Caesar kidnapped in 75 B.C.?
Why did Alexander the Great burn his ships in
What really happened when the sun “went backward”
as a sign to Hezekiah?
What does secular history say about the darkness
at the Crucifixion?
In the years 1650-1654, James Ussher set out to write a history of the world from creation to A.D. 70. The result was published in 1658 as the literary classic The Annals of the World. This famous comprehensive history of the world, originally published in Latin, offers a look at history rarely seen. Ussher traveled throughout Europe, gathering much information from the actual historical documents. Many of these documents are no longer available, having been destroyed since the time of his research. Using the Bible as his timeline, Ussher began with the death of Nebuchadnezzar as a reliable date and worked backward through the genealogies of the Old Testament to arrive at the date of creation — 4004 B.C. Integrating biblical history (around 15% of the text is from the Bible) with secular (around 85% of the material is from non-biblical sources), Ussher wrote this masterpiece.
Considered not only a literary classic, but also an accurate reference, The Annals of the World was so highly regarded for its preciseness that the timeline from it was included in the margins of many King James Version Bibles throughout the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, calling to mind the fact that the earth is only around 6,000 years old. The fact that Ussher’s chronology has been deleted from Bibles is evidence of the Church’s backsliding into the deceptive ideas of evolution.
The Annals of the World is a necessary addition to any church library, pastor’s library, or any library — public or personal. The entire text has been updated from 17th-century English to present-day vernacular in a five-year project commissioned by Master Books. Containing many human-interest stories from the original historical documents collected by Ussher, this is more than just a history book — it’s a work of history.
Important literary work that has been inaccessible
in book form for over 300 years
Includes CD of Ussher’s Chronology of the World
— full of colored charts, graphs, timelines, and
much, much more
Translated into modern English for the first time
Traces world history from creation through A.D. 70
Over 10,000 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
One of history’s most famous and well-respected
Spent over five years researching and writing this book
Entered college at age 13
Received his master’s degree at age 18
Was an expert in Semitic languages
Buried in Westminster Abbey
About the Book:
Made of the highest quality material: Smyth sewn,
gold-gilded edges, foil embossing on front, back,
Cover presented in the style of classic literary works
Packaged in a beautiful box for display purposes
Chronological presentation of material
About the Author:
James Ussher was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1581. As a young man, he resolved to devote himself wholly to the work of the Church, and the Lord honored him in his resolve. Ussher entered Trinity College at thirteen, wrote a detailed work on Hebrew chronology in Latin at fifteen and graduated with a B.A. at sixteen. At eighteen he received his master’s degree and was appointed proctor of the college. At twenty he was ordained a deacon and priest in the Anglican Church at Dublin. At twenty-six he received a Doctor of Divinity and shortly after that he became Professor of Divinity at Dublin, an honor accorded to very few who were that young. He was a professor from 1607 to 1621, and was twice appointed vice-chancellor of Trinity College in Dublin. In 1625, he was appointed Archbishop of Armagh, which was the highest position in the Irish Anglican Church. An expert in Semitic languages, he argued for the reliability of the Hebrew text of the Old Testament and wrote widely on Christianity in Asia, and other biblically related topics. In 1628, King James appointed him to his Privy Council in Ireland. When Ussher died, Oliver Cromwell held a magnificent state funeral for him and had him buried in Westminster Abbey. Cromwell took pains to make sure the writings and library of Ussher were preserved.