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Ussher computed 330 years for the duration of the rule of Judges.

He based this on the intervals specified in the Hebrew Scriptures.

The difference is factor of about half a million times.

As author Henry Morris wrote: "..Biblical chronology is about a million times shorter than the evolutionary chronology.

Such estimates are accepted by most old Earth creationists, by essentially all geologists, biologists and other earth and life scientists, and by a small number of conservative Protestant para-church groups, like "Reasons to Believe." Back in 1991, scientists made many rough estimates of the age of the universe, ranging from 7 to 20 billion years.

These were based on the crude models then available to scientists.

Many theologians have attempted to compute the date of creation by working back from this or a similar known date, through the various time intervals mentioned in the Bible.

For example: Work backwards through the Book of Judges.

This would make the time interval between the creation of the world and a common estimate of the birth of Christ (4 to 7 BCE) to be close to 4000 years.

Most current estimates based on a literal interpretation of the Bible, and in particular the belief that the Hebrew word "yom" in Genesis refers to a 24 hour day, cluster around 6,000 years ± 2,000 years for both the age of the Earth and of the rest of the universe.

These estimates are promoted by young-Earth creationists, and by the vast majority of Christian para-church organizations that specialize in origins.

A million-fold mistake is no small matter, and Biblical scholars surely need to give primary attention to resolving this tremendous discrepancy right at the very foundation of our entire Biblical cosmology.

This is not a peripheral issue that can be dismissed with some exegetical twist, but is central to the very integrity of scriptural theology." The web site Christian states: "If Evolution by natural processes from 'amoeba' to man is possible, as Evolutionists maintain, it would undoubtedly require billions of years to accomplish.

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