JOSEPHUS SAYS THE ANCIENTS LIVED 1000 YEARS AND IS PROVEN BY MANY HISTORIANS WHICH HE CITES


"But let no one, upon comparing the lives of the ancients with our lives, and with the few years which we now live, think that what we have said of them is false;

or make the shortness of our lives at present an argument that neither did they attain to so long a duration of life; for those ancients were beloved of God, and made by God himself;

and because their food was then fitter for the prolongation of life, might well live so great a number of years; and beside God afforded them a longer time of life on account of their virtue, and the good use they made of it in astronomical and geometrical discoveries, which would not have afforded the time of foretelling the periods of the stars, unless they had lived 600 years;

for the Great Year is completed in that interval. Now I have for witnesses to what I have said all those that have written Antiquities, both among the Greeks and barbarians; for even Manetho, who wrote the Egyptian History, and Berosus, who collected the Chaldean Monuments and Mochus, and Hestiaeus,

and beside these, Hieronymus the Egyptian, and those who composed the Phoenician History, agree with what I say: Hesiod also, Hecataeus, Hellanicus and Acusilans; beside these, Ephorus and Nicolaus RELATE THAT THE ANCIENTS LIVED A THOUSAND YEARS: but as to these matters, let every one look upon them as he thinks fit.”

                                          JOSEPHUS




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