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Ussher, James (1581-1656)
A briefe declaration of the universalitie of the church of Christ, and the unitie of the Catholike faith professed thereinů
London : Printed by T.C[otes] for Thomas Downes, 1631.

Image from Ussher's A briefe declaration

James Usher, Bishop of Armagh in Ireland, was one of the leading biblical scholars of the early seventeenth century. He is best known today for his detailed and influential chronology of the world, which he argued began in 4004 BC (on Sunday the 23rd of October to be precise!). This work on the universality of the church is one of many by Ussher in the Rare Book collection, and is included because it represents the genre of published sermons. Often overlooked today, the published sermon was one of the primary means for the dissemination of theological and political ideas in the early modern period.

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