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Short Bible Timeline

Note: Dates vary depending on who's analysis you use. I've seen creation dated from 4,000 BC to 5,400 BC. See Notes on Dates at Bible Genealogy Page.

Jacob has 12 sons who become the fathers of the 12 Aramean tribes.
Jacob lived in an area which later became Samaria (See reference to Jacob's well at Sychar near Shechem in Samaria in the story of Jesus meeting the samaritan woman [John 4])

When What Where Bible Ref.
4000 BC Creation
Day 1 Earth / Night / Day
Day 2 Heaven Gen 1:6-8
Day 3 Continents / Oceans / Grass / Herbs / Trees Gen 1:9-13
Day 4 Sun / Moon / Stars Gen 1:14-19
Day 5 Great Sea Creatures / Fish / Birds Gen 1:20-23
Day 6 Animals / Reptiles / Insects / Man Gen 1:29-30
Day 7 Rest Gen 2:1-3
4000 BC Adam and Eve Gen 3
Cain and Able were Adam and Eve's children. The lord liked Able's offering better than Cain's. Cain kills Able. Gen 4
2350 BC Flood. (see Noah's Ark) Gen 6-7
The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. So the Lord said, "I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created--and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground--for I regret that I have made them." But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God. So God told Noah to make an Ark and told him, "You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you."

bef. 2100 Tower of Babel Shinar Gen 11
As they move east, they start to build a city with a tower in Shinar. The LORD is worried if they stick together with the same language nothing will be impossible for them. So, he confuses their language so they can't understand each other and scatters them across the earth.
2166-1991 Abraham (Abram) sets out from Ur to go to Canaan but stops at Haran Ur, Haran Gen 11
2166-1991The LORD sends Abraham to Cannan Cannan Gen 12
2067Destruction of Sodom Sodom Gen 19
2066-1886 Isaac son of Abraham Canaan Gen 16
Abraham's wife Sarai is barren, so he has a child, Ishmael, with Sari's maid, Hagar. Ishmael is the father of the Arabs. Later Sarai give birth at an old age to Isaac.
God tests Abraham by asking him to sacrifice Isaac. Cannan Gen 22
2006-1859 Jacob (Israel) and Esau sons of Isaac Cannan Gen 25
Rebecca, Isaac's wife, gets his younger son Jacob to trick his father into thinking he is the older son, Esau, so Jacob get's Isaac's blessing. Gen 27
Jacob journeys east and meets his Uncle, Laban. He helps Laban and is promised Laban's daughter Rachel (the younger more beautiful one), but Laban gives him Leah. Then he gave her Rachel. He has sons with Leah, but Rachel was baren. Rachel gave Jacob her servant Bilhah as a wife and he had children with her. Finally Rachel was able to conceive and had a son, Joseph.Haran Gen 29-31
1915-1805 Joseph, youngest son of Jacob sold by his brothers. Dothan Gen 37
When Joseph was 17 years old his older brothers saw that Jacob loved Joseph more than them, so they conspired to kill him but instead threw him into an empty cistern.
At that time a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead to Egypt came by and they sold Joseph to them.
The Ishmaelites sell Joseph to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh.
Joseph gains favor with his master and is made overseer in his house and over all that he had.
Gen 39
1876 God tells Jacob's son's go to Egypt to buy grain and encounter Joseph.Egypt Gen 42
1550 Egyptian Slavery begins
Then a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt. "Look," he said to his people, "the Israelites have become far too numerous for us. Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country."
Egypt Exodus 1
1526-1406 Moses (line: Jacob, Levi, Kohath, Amram, Aaron) Egypt Exodus 2
Pharaoh feared the Israelites were becoming too numerous and if war breaks out, they will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country. He gave this order to all his people: "Every Hebrew boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live." Exodus 1
Moses mother hid him for 3 months after he was born then got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile.
Then Pharaoh's daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and found Moses and adopted him.

After Moses had grown up he saw the Egyptians beating the Hebrews and killed one of the Egyptians. Moses had to flee from pharaoh and went to live in Midian.

While Moses was tending sheep near Horeb, the mountain of God he saw a burning bush. The LORD came down and told Moses go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt."
But Moses said to God, "Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?" And God said, "I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you. Exodus 3

1446 Plagues Egypt Exodus 7-12
God brings plagues on Egypt to convince Pharaoh to let the Israelites go.
1. Water into blood, 2. Frogs, 3. Lice, 4. Wild animals or flies, 5. Deceased livestock, 6. Boils, 7. Storms of fire, 8. Locusts, 9. Darkness, 10. Death of firstborn.
Before the tenth plague the Lord tells the Israelites to slaughter a lamb and put some of the blood on the sides and tops of the doorframes so their houses would passed over and their firstborns would be spared. This is the origin of the Passover celebration.
1446 Exodus Sinai Desert Exodus 13-18
1406 Joshua suceeds Moses, enters Canaan Canaan
1400 Joshua takes Jericho Canaan Joshua 6
Canaan, Judea, Israel, Syria (of the Persian Empire) and Palestine are different names for overlapping territories which included Jerusalem and Samaria. The names changed depending on the rulers at the time. See maps
1375 Judges rule Israel Israel
1200 Deborah defeats Canaan Israel
1075 Samson becomes JudgeIsrael
1050 Israel United under Saul and DavidIsrael
1010 David the king Begins rule Israel
966 Solomon's Temple FoundedIsrael
930 Israel splits into
1. S. Kingdom, Judah, Jerusalem
2. N. Kingdom, Israel, Samaria
Judea & Israel
800-586 Prophets
793 Jonah becomes a prophet
722 N. Kingdom Falls to Assyria Israel
605 Daniel taken captive to Babylon Babylon
586 S. Kingdom (Judah) falls to Babylon. Solomn's Temple Destroyed
538 Medes and Persians capture Babylon
515 Second temple built Jerusalem
479 Esther becomes Queen of Persia
458 Ezra returns to Jerusalem Judea
400 Torah canonized Judea
301 Jews Ruled by Ptolemies
200 Prophets canonized Judea
198 Jews Ruled by Syrian or Seleucid kings
100 Writings (Wisdom: Job, Psalms, Proverbs, ... and History: Joshua, Judges, Ruth, Samuel, Kings, Chronicles, ..). canonized Judea
64 Roman Occupation of Palestine Palestine
40-4 Rule of Herod I (the Great) of Palestine
6/5 Birth of Christ. (See Christianity Timeline)
30 AD Crucifixion of Christ.
50 AD Paul in Europe, writes Epistles to Thessalonians.
50-100 AD Gospels written
70 AD Second Temple destroyed
The Timeline on the inerrancy page includes dates of writing.
Dating systems.
See Timeline for the creation of the pentateuch.

Bible Timeline at BibleHub.com
Timeline on the inerrancy page
Bible Story Summaries (Index) - Old and New Testament
A Timeline of Christianity
Dates of Biblical Interest and Reference
Timeline: the development of Israelite religion / Judaism
Bible History Online - Bible Maps
Bibilcal Genealogies

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last updated 17 Mar 2014