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Newton's Revised History of Ancient Kingdoms - A Complete Chronology [Hardcover]

By Sir Isaac Newton, Larry Pierce (Editor) & Marion Pierce (Editor)
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Pages   205
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 8.5" Height: 10.75"
Weight:   1.55 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 10, 2009
Publisher   New Leaf Press/Master Books
ISBN  0890515565  
EAN  9780890515563  

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When one thinks of Sir Isaac Newton, one normally thinks of a great scientist and mathematician. His contributions to these areas of human knowledge are enormous. However, one does not normally think of Newton as an historian. Such was the greatness of his intellect, that he found history a pleasant diversion for his idle moments. He drafted a book on the ancient history and the Gentile nations and worked on it periodically for over forty years but never published it. It was published posthumously in 1728, a year after he died. However, his writing style followed that of the times in which he lived making the classic text very difficult to read for modern readers. Master Books is republishing this landmark book in a format and style suitable for today's readers. Contains diagrams of Solomon's Temple Critical analysis of historical sources Re-visits the chronologies of major civilizations The same genius he applies to other disciplines, Newton brings to bear on ancient history. He notes that all the pagan nations had greatly exaggerated their history, creating much needless confusion. Like a first rate defense attorney, Newton cross-examines the ancient writers, using their own words against them to expose their logical inconsistencies. He then develops a more sound chronology using the scientific method based on logic, observations, astronomy and just plain common sense. He is not satisfied with just showing one way of determining a historical date but shares with the reader many independent ways of using the classical data mixed with common sense to establish the approximate date for many important secular historical events. Most of secular ancient history before 700 BC will need a drastic revision in the light of Newton's detailed findings. Keep an open mind as you read this book. Your view of ancient history will never be the same again!

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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.

Isaac Newton was born in 1642 and died in 1727.

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Great Reference, needs a companion history book or chart  Jul 31, 2009
Like reading sheaves of notes compiled as he worked, Newton's Revised History demonstrates three things: his access to and comprehension of other histories; the thorough way in which he set about discovering, proving, and problem solving; and the scientific genius by which the chonologer keeps all in his head.

Drawing from such sources as Plato, Herodotus, and Josephus, Newton submits all histories and archaeology and even legends to the timeline of the world as found in the Bible. He spends much effort explaining which legendary figures are pseudonyms for the same great kings. A king was called one name at home, another in each conquered country, a few titles of royalty and accomplishment, and then a few by which he was worshiped at his death. Though in the text Newton is not consistent in referring always to a single name for a person to which he compares other names, there is an extensive Alias Appendix and Exhaustive Index to help follow the associations. Upholding the authority and accuracy of the Scripture, Newton criticizes the priests and ancient historians of each country for inflating the age of their civilization, usually done by inserting names of kings in lists with no mention of any accomplishments, or by making the reigns of kings unbelievably long: into the hundreds of years. However, Newton also refutes those Jewish historians who doubt all histories not recorded in the Old Testament, reducing and confusing the kings of Persia from the intertestamental times, though in truth the Bible does not mention them because they no longer dealt with the Jews.

For each point Newton made, and especially on those arguments where the consensus of history or usually-reliable chronologers is against him, he goes into overwhelming detail to establish his position. As I read, I would wonder why we were touring a small isle in the Mediterranean, debating the heritage of a prince - and suddenly, aha! Newton would say, "therefore," and prove that the four generations of history we had endured proved that someone was the same age as someone else, and that his great grandson therefore could not have been as ancient as some believe. Many events are connected by degrees of association to the Trojan War, to the reign of King Solomon, or to Nebuchadnezzar's destruction of Jerusalem. From thence an ancient history spiders off into tales of a king whose fifty daughters married his brother's fifty sons, then at their father's command all murdered their husbands so as to defend against their uncle's betrayal; to the way Philistia was overrun by exiles from Egypt, making the Philistines more powerful and land-desperate when they fought the Judges, Saul, and David. Apparently all the ancients ran around conquering each other, erecting pillars, kidnapping princesses, and stealing them back. A great king of one country would be worshiped by his colonies in other countries until no one remembered he was a king and everyone thought he'd always been a god.

Newton was rather fascinated with the study of astronomy, astrology, and geometry as he supposed it spread from Egypt to Babylon and thence to the rest of the world. He believed only one ethnicity originated human sacrifice, only one astrology, only one worship of the dead, and only one the building of temples. These idolatrous innovations were, he taught, spread to other peoples only through a chain of interactions with the first peoples who practiced them. He also makes the case that the original constellations were representations of those in the Argonaut Expedition or their fellows.

Being both a chronology and a sort of history, this book has amazing scope, covering about 2000 years of the Mediterranean World, describing kings and conquests, marriage and treachery. Chapters include Early Greek History, The Empire of Egypt, The Assyrian Empire, Empires of the Babylonians and the Medes, and The Persian Empire. Agreeing with Ussher on most dates, but venturing further into secular history seeking a general order and average sense of time, Newton lays out a sense of grand background. His book is written for those already acquainted with the peoples and countries he described, and so I found myself floundering in the long sections of the book about Egypt, Greece, and Assyria but more comfortable in the reaches of Babylon and Persia. One of the best illustrated sections of the book is the chapter on King Solomon's temple, whose measurements Newton draws from a combination of Kings and Ezekiel (about which interpretation I remain skeptical). A companion book with a good timeline and charts would be recommended. You might use Ussher's Annals of the World. I myself did not know that modern man was aware of such details of history as Newton records, though I believe the study of history has been mightily neglected in the past two centuries. This well-formatted, easy-to-use reference does well to excite curiosity and may be helpful in reviving consideration of those motives and affections that change the world.

To God be all glory,
Lisa of Longbourn
Interesting!  Apr 29, 2009
This was such an interesting book! It is packed full of information about ancient history, yet it is in a very easy to read format that makes reading through it a breeze. Newton's premise is that many ancient nations exaggerated their history and he takes pains to develop a sound chronology using scientific methods he spent his life perfecting.
This is a great read for history buffs and also for homeschoolers.

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