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Sect. VI. Of the princes living in the time of Joash ; of the time
Sect. I. The prosperity of Uzziah, and of Jeroboam the second,
who reigned with him in Israel. Of the anarchy that was in
Of the antiquities of Italy, and foundation of Rome in the time
Of Ezekias and his contemporaries.
Sect. II. Of the danger and deliverance of Judæa from Senna-
Of the kings that reigned in Egypt, between the deliverance of
Israel from thence and the reign of Ezekias in Juda, when
Egypt and Juda made a league against the Assyrians.
are like to have belonged only to viceroys. An example proving
this out of William of Tyre's History of the Holy War. 729
eighth from Osymandyas. Of Osymandyas and his tomb. 735
sundry authors, their times being not recorded. The kings of
Egypt, according to Cedrenus. Of Vaphres and Sesac. 742
cited by Herodotus and Diodorus Siculus, which reigned be-
Of Manasses, and his contemporaries.
Sect. III. What reference these Egyptian matters might have to
the imprisonment and enlargement of Manasses. In what part
Sect. VI. Of other princes and actions that were in these times.
Sect. I. Of Ammon and Josias.
pass that the kings of Babel could not give attendance on their
business in Syria, which caused them to lose that province. 793
Asia eight and twenty years.
§. 3. Of the Cimmerians' war in Lydia.
THE FIRST PART
W ORL L D:
INTREATING OF THE
TIMES FROM THE BIRTH OF ABRAHAM TO THE
DESTRUCTION OF THE TEMPLE OF SOLOMON.
Of the time of the birth of Abraham; and of the use of
this question for the ordering of the story of the Assyrian empire.
Of some of the successors of Semiramis ; with a brief transition to
the question, about the time of the birth of Abraham. AFTER the death of Semiramis, Ninias or Zameis succeeded her in the empire, on whom Berosus Annianus bestows the conquest of Bactria, and the overthrow of Zoroaster, contrary to Diodorus, Justin, Orosius, and all other approved writers. For Ninias being esteemed no man of war at all, but altogether feminine, and subjected to ease and delicacy, there is no probability in that opinion. Now because there was nothing performed by this Ninias of
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any moment, other than that out of jealousy he every year changed his provincial governors, and built colleges for the Chaldean priests, his astronomers; nor by Arius his successor, whom Suidas calleth Thuras; but that he reduced again the Bactrians and Caspians, revolted, as it seemeth, in Ninias's time; nor of Aralius, the successor of Arius, but that he added sumptuosity, invented jewels of gold and stone, and some engines for the war; I will for this pass them over, and a while follow Abraham, whose ways are warrantable, (till we meet these Assyrians again in this story,) by whom, and by whose issues we shall best give date to the kings of Babylon; Abraham living at once with Ninus, Ninias, Semiramis, Arius, Aralius, and Xerxes, or Balanius. For otherwise, if we seek to prove things certain by the uncertain, and judge of those times, which the scriptures set us down without error, by the reigns of the Assyrian princes, we shall but patch up the story at adventure, and leave it in the same confusion in which to this day it hath remained. For where the scriptures do not help us, (as Plut. in Theseo,) Mirum non est in rebus antiquis historiam non constare ; “ No marvel if then in “ things very ancient, history want assurance."
The better therefore to find out in what age of the world, and how long these Assyrian kings reigned, as also for other good causes, we must first assure the time of Abraham's birth, and in what year the same happened after the flood. Now since all agree that the forty-third year of Ninus was the birth year of Abraham, by proving directly out of the scriptures, in what year after the flood the birth of Abraham happened, we shall thereby set all the rest in
But of this time there is much jangling between those chronologers which follow the Hebrew account; and others; the most part making 292 or 293 years, others 352 years between Abraham's birth and the flood; a matter often disputed, but never concluded.
Archilochus de Temporibus (as we find him in Annius,) makes but 250 years from the flood to Ninus; then seeing that Abraham was born in the forty-third year of Ninus,
square and order.