Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | September 15, 2008

27. Age of the Earth—Dr. William Hales

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Irish mathematician and scientist Dr. William Hales (1747-1831) spent 20 years on his 4-volume, 2500-page Analysis of Chronology. In this book, which deals with the chronology of the whole Bible, Hales made it his rule as far as possible to use original sources.

Hales listed over 160 different chronologies with dates for the Beginning including secular chronologies from India, Babylon, Egypt, China, Persia, Spain, Greece, France, and others. These dates ranged from 3616 BC to 6984 BC.

The full title of Dr. William Hales’ 4-volume work was A New Analysis of Chronology and Geography, History and Prophecy: In Which Their Elements Are Attempted To Be Explained, Harmonized, and Vindicated, Upon Scriptural and Scientific Principles; Tending To Remove the Imperfection and Discordance of Preceding Systems, and To Obviate the Cavils of Sceptics, Jews, and Infidels.

On a used copy of volume 2 on Old Testament chronology, the most interesting of the four volumes, is only $650.

Hales wrote,

“The only sure and certain pole-star, to guide our wandering steps through the mazes, the deserts, and the quicksands of ancient and primeval chronology…is sacred Scripture.”

Hales dated Creation at 5411 BC.

Thus prior to the mid-19th century, scholarly opinion overwhelmingly supported an age for the earth of well under 10,000 years. This was undisputed by cultures throughout history. No historical chronologies extend before 7,000 BC.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 27th in a series of blog posts on the Age of the Earth. I began with the Biblical testimony that the earth is 6,000 years old, because the evidence from nature should be interpreted and understood in the light of clear Biblical truth. The prequels have considered the issue’s importance, what Jesus thought, and the Genesis genealogies. Current posts are surveying the historic teaching of the church. Future articles will discuss scientific evidence on the age of the earth, explaining fallacies of radiometric dating methods and giving examples of scientific methods which yield short ages.

Read the prequels:
1. How Old Is the Earth?
2. Why Is the Age of the Earth Important?
3. Earth: Young or Old?
4. Age of the Earth—Jesus’ View
5. Age of the Earth—Jesus Interpreted OT Literally
6. Age of the Earth—What Did Jesus Say?
7. Age of the Earth—What Did Jesus’ Contemporaries Think?
8. Age of the Earth—Genealogies
9. Age of the Earth—What Does Begat Mean?
10. Age of the Earth—Interlocking Genealogies
11. Age of the Earth—Any Gaps in Genealogies?
12. Age of the Earth—No Gaps in Genealogies
13. Age of the Earth—Any Missing Generations?
14. Age of the Earth—Scriptural Confirmation (Adam to Noah)
15. Age of the Earth—Scriptural Confirmation (Noah to Abraham)
16. Age of the Earth—Luke’s Testimony
17. Age of the Earth—Luke & Cainan Puzzle
18. Age of the Earth—Luke & Cainan Explanation
19. Age of the Earth—Add It Up
20. Age of the Earth—6,000 Years Old
21. Age of the Earth—History’s View
22. Age of the Earth—Church Fathers’ Opinion
23. Age of the Earth—Josephus, Luther, Calvin
24. Age of the Earth—Archbishop Ussher
25. Age of the Earth—Prof. James Strong
26. Age of the Earth—Kepler & Newton

Read the sequel:
28. Age of the Earth—Prof. Leupold

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Monday September 15, 2008 A.D.

Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go forth from your country, and from your relatives and from your father’s house, to the land which I will show you; and I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and so you shall be a blessing; and I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” So Abram went forth as the LORD had spoken to him; and Lot went with him. Now Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. (Genesis 12:1-4 NASB)


  1. The Old Testament and New Testament volumes of Hales’ Chronology… have been scanned by Google and can be consulted (and even downloaded in pdf [don’t try epub, it’s awful]) for personal non-commercial use from:


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