Finally, (c) what some have called the "short recension" proves to be no recension at all but merely an abridgment of a Syriac version of the middle recension.
In 1650, James Ussher assembled a chronology of Old Testament events. However, is it possible to do a better job of calculating the date?
From them he concluded that the Creation of the world took place in approx. And if a more accurate date is determined, can we draw some interesting inferences from it that would apply to our day and time? The Jewish people currently use a calendar that they feel is based on the date of the Creation of the world in 3761 B. Is this date correct or even closer than James Ussher's date?
It should be noted that almost all of the collections of letters of the middle recension in the manuscripts also include some or all of the spurious letters.
Since the interplations and the spurious letters are in all likelihood the work of one person, these collections represent a curious mixture of textual traditions.
As more ancient artifacts and manuscripts are rediscovered, dates of important events have been modified and their accuracy improved.
Most archaeologists now place the date of the Exodus around 1446 B.This recension is found in numerous Greek and Latin manuscripts and came to be the form in which Ignatius was most often known until Archbishop Ussher, in his Polycarpi et Ignatii Epistolae of 1644, brilliantly unearthed an earlier (Latin) form of the text akin to that quoted by Eusebius. The Greek of that recension (except for the letter to the Romans) became available with the publication of Igantius' letters from Codex Mediceo-Laurentianus 57,7 by Isaak Voss in 1646.The Greek text of Ignatius' letter to the Romans had a separate history as part of an account of Ignatius' martyrdom (Codex Parisiensis-Colbertinus 1451), and this too was soon published by Th. Our knowledge of the middle recension has been increased somewhat by the discovery of several important oriental versions: Coptic (fragments), Syriac (fragments), Armenian, Arabic.A general persecution was threatened, and death was named as the penalty for all who refused to offer the prescribed sacrifice.Archbishop Clarke is the latest in a long line of Archbishops of Armagh.The second is the kingdom of Judah (composed of Judah, Benjamin, and Levi) with its capital in Jerusalem.