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.
Sect. I. Of some of the successors of Semiramis ; with a brief
transition to the question, about the time of the birth of Abra-
Sect. II. A proposal of reasons or arguments, that are brought
to prove Abraham was born in the year 292 after the flood,
and not in the year 352.
Sect. III. The answer to one of the objections proposed, shewing
that Abraham made but one journey out of Mesopotamia into
Canaan; and it after his father's death.
Sect. IV. The answer to another of the objections proposed,
shewing that it was not unlikely that Terah should beget
Abraham in his 130th year.
Sect. V. The answer to two more of the objections ; shewing
that we may have certainty of Abraham's age from the scrip-
ture, though we make not Abraham the eldest son; and that
there was great cause, why in the story of Abraham his two
brethren should be respected.
Sect. VI. That the naming of Abraham first of the three bre-
thren, Gen. xi. 26. doth not prove that he was the eldest ; to-
gether with divers reasons proving that Abraham was not the
eldest son of Terah.
Sect. VII. A conclusion of this dispute, noting the authors on
both sides; with an admonition that they which shorten the
times make all ancient stories the more unprobable. 19
Sect. VIII. A computation of the times of the Assyrians, and
others, grounded upon the times noted in the story of Abra-
Sect. IX. That Amraphel, one of the four kings whom Abraham