- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: IndyPublish (5 April 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1428078584
- ISBN-13: 978-1428078581
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm
The Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms Amended Paperback – 5 Apr 2007
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About the Author
I. Bernard Cohen (1914-2003) was Victor S. Thomas Professor (Emeritus) of the History of Science at Harvard University. Among his recent books are "Benjamin Franklin's Science" (1996), "Interactions" (1994), and "Science and the Founding Fathers" (1992). Anne Whitman was coeditor (with I. Bernard Cohen and Alexander Koyre) of the Latin edition, with variant readings, of the "Principia" (1972). Julia Budenz, author of "From the Gardens of Flora Baum" (1984), is a multilingual classicist and poet. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Here is an excerpt from Chapter VI: Of the Empire of the Persians which identifies the root cause of the some of the missing Persian chronology:
“Thus all the Jews conclude the Persian Empire with Artaxerxes Longimanus, and Darius Nothus, allowing no more Kings of Persia, than they found in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah; and referring to the Reigns of this Artaxerxes, and this Darius, whatever they met with in profane history concerning the following Kings of the same names: so as to take Artaxerxes Longimanus, Artaxerxes Mnemon and Artaxerxes Ochus, for one and the same Artaxerxes; and Darius Nothus, and Darius Codomannus, for one and the same Darius; and Jaddua, and Simeon Justus, for one and the same High-Priest. Those Jews who took Herod for the Messiah, and were thence called Herodians, seem to have grounded their opinion upon the seventy weeks of years, which they found between the Reign of Cyrus and that of Herod: but afterwards, in applying the Prophesy to Theudas, and Judas of Galilee, and at length to Barchochab, they seem to have shortned the Reign of the Kingdom of Persia. These accounts being very imperfect, it was necessary to have recourse to the records of the Greeks and Latines, and to the Canon recited by Ptolemy, for stating the times of this Empire. Which being done, we have a better ground for understanding the history of the Jews set down in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah, and adjusting it; for this history having suffered by time, wants some illustration: and first I shall state the history of the Jews under Zerubbabel, in the Reigns of Cyrus, Cambysis, and Darius Hystaspis.” Sir Isaac Newton (2014-07-26). The Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms Amended (Kindle Locations 3435-3445). Heraklion Press. Kindle Edition.
In summary thought I don’t totally agree with Sir Isaac Newton concerning the Persian era he does identify some of the key issue concerning the chronology of Ezra, Nehemiah, Darius and “Artaxerxes”. The book is well worth included in the library of any serious student of the 2nd temple era.