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The Second Age.

Japhet has, as we have stated, the river Tigris, dividing Media and Babylonia; Shem has the Euphrates; Ham the Gihon, which is also called the Nile.

A.M. 1787 [2903].

B.C. 2217. Peleg, at the age of 80, begat Reu; after whose birth he lived 209 years. The Septuagint reckons 130 years before the birth of Ren, and 209 years afterwards. Idolatry. In these times temples were first constructed, and certain chieftains were adored as deities by their people.

A.M. 1819 [3035].

B.C. 2185. Reu was 82 years old when he begat Serug; he lived after this 207 years. The Septuagint reckons 132 years before Serug's birth, and 207 years afterwards.Kingdom of the Scythians The kingdom of the Scythians is said to have had its beginning: their first king was Tanaus.

A.M. 1849 [3165].

B.C. 2155. Serug was 30 years old when he begat Nahor; he lived after this 200 years. The Septuagint counts 130 years before Nahor's birth and 200 afterwards. Kingdom of Egypt.The Kingdom of the Egyptians is said to have now had its beginning; and that their first king was Zoves.

A.M. 1878 [3244].

B.C. 2126. Nahor, at the age of 29 years, begat Terah; after which he lived 119 years. The Septuagint reckons 79 years before the birth of Terah, and 129 years afterwards.The kingdoms of Asyria and Sicyon The kingdoms of the Assyrians and Sicyonians begin; the former under King Belus, the latter under Ægialeus.

A.M. 1948 [3314].

B.C. 2056. Terah, at the age of 70, begat Abraham;[1] and lived 185 years afterwards.
  1. This is the year of the birth of Nahor and Haran. The birth of Abraham is placed B.C. 1996 in our present chronological tables.