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CHRONOLOGY AND GEOGRAPHY,
HISTORY AND PROPHECY:
ARE ATTEMPTED TO BE EXPLAINED, HARMONIZED, AND
UPON SCRIPTURAL AND SCIENTIFIC PRINCIPLES ;
TENDING TO REMOVE THE IMPERFECTION AND DISCORDANCE OF
SCEPTICS, JEWS, AND INFIDELS.
REV. WILLIAM HALES, D.D.
RECTOR OF KILLESANDRA, IN IRELAND; AND
ST PAUL'S CHURCH-YARD,
TO THE FIRST EDITION.
This work is the result of many years' study of the History, Antiquities, and Prophecies, respecting the principal nations recorded in the Bible; namely, the Hebrews, Israelites, and Jews, the Assyriams, Babylonians, and Egyptians, the Medes and Persians, the Grecians and Romans, the Saracens and Turks.:
It was originally suggested, by the frequent interruptions and embarrassments experienced by the author in his Historical Researches, from the imperfection and discordance of the Chronological systems of the Jews, Scaliger, Petavius, Usher, Lloyd, Marsham, Newton, Jackson, &c. which he found utterly insufficient to adjust and harmonise the leading dates of Sacred and Profane History; all of them differing from each other, more or less, in the principles upon which they were founded, and in the application of these principles ; sometimes adjusting Sacred by Profane Chronology, sometimes the reverse, without any settled rule or standard.
Finding it impossible to extract from these systems any uniform scheme which could render Sacred History