Major events pre dating 1750
Create a New Bible Account When you create an account on biblehistory.com, you’ll be able to tag your favorite person and event entries and go straight to them whenever you like from wherever you like.This is a great tool for Bible students and for Bible studies with friends and family. Just click the “Add to Favorites” Button—it’s that simple.We assume then that Jacob was 71 when he fled to Haran.He served Laban for seven years before marrying, and Levi was the third son to be born to Leah.Jacob went down into Egypt in the year 2238 AC and, for our purposes, we will place the Exodus 215 years later in the year 2453 AC. Next, in 1 Kings 6:1, we are told that the fourth year of Solomon’s reign was the 480th year after the Exodus. Thiele, in The Mysterious Numbers of the Hebrew Kings, establishes the year 931 BC as the date when Rehoboam began to reign.That means a date of 2933 AC for the commencement of work on the temple. Assuming he’s correct, 1 Kings tells us that Solomon reigned for 40 years, so his reign began in the year 971 BC, which means that his fourth year must have been the year 967 BC.
As most of Jacob’s family seems to have been born during the 20 years that he was in Haran, it appears that the twins Jacob and Esau were about 70 when the deception over the birthright occurred.As with anyone’s family tree, the farther back you go the fuzzier things can become.The following is a brief summary of our calculated date of creation, beginning with the chronology found in Genesis chapter five: Timespans in the Bible are typically recorded in terms of people’s ages, events, and king’s reigns.We conclude that Japheth was the son born when Noah was 500 years old, Shem two years later, and Ham an unspecified period after that.
With Jacob, the tidy progression of fathers and sons ends.
If Levi, Kohath, and Amram were also 75 when their sons were born—and Moses was 80 at the time of the Exodus—that makes a span of 305 years for the Jewish oppression, minus Levi’s age when he went down into Egypt, which was 49. The usual solution adopted by most commentators is to conclude that the 430 years refer not to the oppression but to the time that Abraham and his descendants would have to wait until the land of Canaan belonged to them.