Today I’d like to tell you about Larry and Marion Pierce and two books that are included in the Online Bible DVD for Windows.
Larry and Marion have lived in the village of Winterbourne in Ontario, Canada since 1975 when they were married. Larry did his undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Waterloo where he received his degrees in mathematics. After a career in programming with an international business machines company Larry retired in 1991 to devote all his time continuing development of the Online Bible program which he started before there was a World Wide Web.
With Marion’s skills in typing and proofreading and Larry’s experience in Latin, digitizing classic Bible commentaries, and computer programming these re-publications of Ussher’s and Newton’s greatest works have been made possible.
In addition to including these books at no extra charge in the Windows DVD of Online Bible, both books have been published in print by Master Books and can be bought from Answers in Genesis https://answersingenesis.org/store/books/technical/
In addition to continually updating the Online Bible program itself, Larry and Marion are presently updating the English and correcting scanning errors in C.H. Spurgeon’s sermons, the 63-volume Metropolitan Pulpit. “The fact that it’s still in print after 100 years should tell you a lot.” They are two thirds of the way through this five year project to proof and correct the entire work. They are also working with a Spanish translator in Cuba preparing more Spanish material for Online Bible in order to provide support for Spanish speaking Christians around the world.
Revised Annals of the World – Ussher
Extract from Ussher’s epitaph (translated)
- Historian, Literary Critic, Theologian,
- Among saints— most scholarly,
- Among scholars—most saintly.
This is the first major English revision that has been done of Archbishop Ussher’s Annals of the World since it was published in 1658 — two years after his death. In January of 1997, Answers in Genesis obtained photocopies of the 1650-1654 Latin copy and the 1658 English copy for us to examine.
We set to work. My wife Marion typed in the whole English document — it was impossible to scan — and I started to edit it. An early review prompted the classic comment, “I cannot understand this old English!” The horrible thought crossed my mind that the whole document would have to be extensively revised. That was done. We updated the English and checked and updated over ten thousand footnotes against the Loeb Classical Library. We carefully checked the text against the most ancient sources and Ussher’s Latin copy to verify the accuracy of what was being said. My wife read it aloud three times while we both amended the English. Over four years later, we finished the task and turned the work over to the Master Books for the final proof-reading.
In most history books, it is very difficult to tell where the material came from. Separating the editorials from the facts would challenge even Solomon. This is not true of Ussher’s work. It contains more than twelve thousand footnotes from secular sources and over two thousand quotes from the Bible or the Apocrypha. There is very little editorializing and most editorial comments come from the original writers themselves. We were able to verify about eighty-five per cent of the footnotes pertaining to secular history.
Some people may question the importance of including what we might deem as fables today in the early historical portions of the document. This is to document the approximate dates for the original events that spawned the legends and that these events are well within the biblical time frame. There is likely a kernel of truth in them just as there are in the aborigines’ dream time stories. Ussher dispassionately reports what others have written — usually without editorial comment. This is a totally different approach to history than is customary today.
The works of the original historians contained many human interest stories and even some humour to keep your interest. Enjoy reading ancient history as you never have before. Let Ussher, known by his contemporaries as the Leviathan of Learning, be your expert guide!
Revised History of Ancient Kingdoms – Newton
The more we worked on this book, the more we realized how brilliant Newton was. The conclusions he reached over three hundred years ago rest on a solid foundation of classical research and are devastating to modern archaeological conjectures. Archaeologists usually have an abysmal knowledge of the ancient classical writers not to mention biblical history! Most of secular history before 700 BC needs a drastic revision in the light of this remarkable work. Modern Egyptology receives a full broadside from Newton and is left in a complete shambles. His conclusions are so obvious, it is a wonder how they have been overlooked for so long! After bringing order to the physical universe with his three laws of motion, Newton used his great intellect to boldly go where no historian had dared go before — into fable land. With the same success he had in the physical realm, he unraveled the Gordian Knot of the early history of the secular nations, bringing order out of chaos. He convincingly proves that most of the gods and goddesses of the ancient kingdoms were in fact real people who lived in real time and performed great exploits. Only over time did they turn into the myths we have today. What Ussher is to biblical history, Newton is to the early history of the secular nations.
Newton assumed the biblical history to be correct. When you throw a rock into a pond you get ripples. Newton looks for the ripples in other nations that were triggered by events in biblical history. The Canaanites did not sit idle waiting to be slaughtered by Joshua, but many fled to other countries. Their flight into other nations was noted by various secular writers. When David defeated the Edomites, their mass exodus into Egypt, Greece and Philistia had a major impact on these countries and was well documented. Their sophisticated knowledge of science and technology radically transformed the countries they fled to. Solomon’s excellent relationships with Egypt and Hiram of Tyre were not accidents. The worldwide conquests of Sesostris had a definite impact on Judah and Rehoboam in particular. The defeat of Zerah and his huge army by Asa destabilized Egypt and Ethiopia for many years. And the list goes on and on.
It is fascinating to see modern scholarship worship Manetho’s dynasties of kings as if it were the Gold Standard. They know it contradicts other portions of history, but nonetheless they cling to it like a drowning man to a piece of flotsam. Newton demonstrates that Manetho’s dynasties are almost a complete work of fiction, and bad fiction at that! They were so bad the priests who created them forgot to pass their lies on to the next generation of priests, and in a short time the dynasties were soon forgotten by the Egyptian priests. By the time Diodorus Siculus wrote about two hundred years later, these dynasties were completely forgotten, and not a word of them was mentioned to Diodorus. Likewise, the Egyptian priests with whom Herodotus talked two hundred years earlier knew absolutely nothing of these dynasties. If they had known of them, why did they withhold this information from Herodotus? It is these fictitious dynasties that are used to date the Great Pyramid at around 2800 BC instead of around 800 BC, and the same dynasties are the basis for the greatly exaggerated early Egyptian history. From the time of Herodotus to the time of Manetho, the list of kings covered from Herodotus had grown from slightly more than twenty to over one hundred and thirty and the time period had magically expanded from about five hundred years to well over twenty-seven hundred years. There are better rotten reeds to lean on when trying to recreate Egyptian history than the mess recorded by Manetho. Newton shows us a better way.
The supposed antiquity of the Assyrian Empire has really fooled modern archaeologists. The fictional history of this empire by the sixth century BC historian Ctesias pales compared to modern day fairy tales about it. The supposed battle of Quaqar in 853 BC in which Ahab was allegedly attacked by the Assyrians is a good case in point. Dr. Jones in his work The Chronology of the Old Testament shows the impossibility of this interpretation. Further, it is not a difficult exercise to show that Ahab was dead for over thirty years before this supposed battle happened in which he fought! Newton shows conclusively that there was no Assyrian Empire before Pul in 790 BC. Biblical scholars have never asked the right question of these Assyrian scholars: What Assyrian Empire? Dr. Thiele was duped by his lack of critical thinking on this matter, as was his successor Dr. Leslie McFall. Worse, just about every biblical work published since Thiele has been corrupted by his unbiblical analysis of the Hebrew chronology. Newton has done a masterful job exposing the fraudulent history of Assyria and winnows the wheat from all the chaff.
Newton also solved a little mystery concerning Homer and Hesiod. It has long perplexed historians how these two men could write such a detailed account of the fall of Troy and the Argonaut Expedition that happened almost three hundred years before they lived. After Newton redated the Argonaut Expedition to within two generations of these men and the fall of Troy to within one generation, the mystery disappears. There were still many people alive who had first-hand knowledge of both of these events with whom these two men could converse.
Newton establishes certain key dates upon which to build a better history:
- Lycurgus the legislator, around 708 BC,
- The return of the Heraclides, around 825 BC,
- The fall of Troy, around 904 BC,
- The Argonaut Expedition, around 933 BC.
All these dates in addition to many others, he relates to the death of Solomon in 975 BC. Upon these foundation stones he erects a more credible history that is more in accord with the normal course of nature and common sense.
Newton, like a first-rate prosecuting attorney, cross-examines the ancient writers, using their own words against them and exposing their logical inconsistencies. He then develops a more sound chronology using the scientific method based on logic, observations, astronomy, and just plain common sense. He is not satisfied with just showing one way of determining a historical date but overwhelms the reader with many independent ways of using the classical data to establish the approximate date for many important secular historical events.
If you search the Internet for Sir Isaac Newton, you will find all sorts of wild claims for what people think he believed or did not believe. Take these with a large grain of salt! Not one of the articles we have examined has footnotes to the material Newton actually wrote to prove their claims. What vague allusions there are to Newton’s writings show that the writer has either not read it for himself, read it with an agenda, or did not understand what he read at all! Much appears to rest on hearsay evidence, which everyone knows is inadmissible in any just court of law. They are trying either to discredit him as a Christian or claim him as one of their own to bolster their own pet unbiblical theories.
Keep an open mind as you read this book. Your view of ancient history will never be the same again!