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Beginning in 1701 several editions of the King James translation included Ussher’s dates in its marginal notes and cross-references.The widely circulated Scofield Reference Bible, published in 1909 and revised in 1917, used Ussher’s dates and would become the main conduit of the chronology into modern times.

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He was made archbishop of Armagh in 1621 and primate of Ireland in 1634.All labored without a number of modern tools – not only for measuring radioactive decay or rates of the universal expansion, but an intellectual framework for conceiving of time on scales beyond the biblical.That wouldn't exist for another century, when a Scottish farmer and geological enthusiast named James Hutton, looking at riverbank stone formations, saw a record of sedimentary deposition that couldn't be contained in 6,000 years. That was a radical idea, and it took another century to be widely accepted, even in the scientific community.Indeed, dating the universe was quite the scholarly fad.

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Among others to try their hand were Johannes Kepler and Isaac Newton, both of whom arrived at estimates than Ussher's.

Bearing that in mind, Ussher didn't do such a terrible job.