History of Ancient Israel
Patriarchal Period - The history of ancient Israel from Adam and Eve to the
Egyptian bondage, this section covers the
Patriarchs before and after the flood, the migration and population by the
sons of Noah
, the trip
to Egypt, and the following enslavement.
Mosaic Period - This section covers Ancient Israel from Moses through Joshua, including
the deliverance of the Israelites, and their Exodus out of Egypt, and the subsequent
conquest of Canaan.
Period of the Judges - This covers the history of Israel contained in the books of Judges and 1 Samuel. This period commences upon Joshua's successful campaigns into Canaan. Famous Judges, such as Gideon, Samson and Jephthah fought off the Philistines and other enemies. The time span of this period depends on one's view of when the Exodus occurred. This book likely covers around 300 years.
The Monarchy - Also called The United Kingdom. It was established
Saul, David, and Solomon, and was the Golden Era in all
of ancient Israel. Israelite culture flourished like never before as
they dominated the
The Divided Kingdom - This period in Ancient Israel follows the death of Solomon when the unified kingdom broke
into 2 separate kingdoms. This section of Israel history
covers the break up, and the eventual
The Captivity - Two periods occurred which led to captivity of Israel. One was the fall of the northern Israel to Assyria in 721 BC. The second was the destruction of Israel and Jerusalem by the Babylonians in 586 BC. Jerusalem was lost and the Jews scattered. Ezekiel wrote from captivity in Babylon. The book of Daniel takes place in Babylon's capital. Much of the Old Testament covers these two time periods.
Post Captivity - The Old Testament covers this part of the history of Israel in the books of Ezra and
Nehemiah, and the last of the minor prophets. It
was during this period that Cyrus allowed for the walls of
Jerusalem to be rebuilt by Nehemiah. The New Testament picks up hundreds of years later, when Canaan was under the hand of Rome.
The Creation of Ancient Israel
ADAM TO ABRAHAM
Ancient Israel preserves its traditions through the use of
genealogies. The history of Israel builds these genealogies in the old
testament book of Genesis.
Genesis is the first book in the Bible, and tells the story of
creation, as well as unfolding the history behind the creation of
An understanding of the Bible is critical when studying it in a
historical perspective. Though not a history book, the Bible is one of
the most ancient sources of history, providing names of Kings and cities
once thought made up. Many of the names mentioned in Jewish literature
have been proven to exist through archaeological finds.
The Garden of Eden
: Where was the Garden of Eden? Genesis gives a detailed description of
Eden's location. Two locations stand out among the many as the most
intriguing. This page explores the Garden of Eden, and possible
locations for the Garden of Eden today.
The Story of Adam and Eve
: The story of Adam and Eve up to Eve's creation. Adam dwelt alone in the Garden of Eden initially.
The Life of Adam and Eve
: With the creation of Eve, Adam began a new life with his wife. Explore the Garden of Eden Adam and Eve would have shared with God.
Cain and Able
: The story of Cain and Able reaches back to the very first generation
of man's existence. Satan's first attack on mankind is seen through Cain
The Days of Noah
: The days of Noah were some of the most mysterious and strange days the
world has ever known. Noah was a direct descendant of Adam, and the
. This was God's line of defense against the wickedness of these ancient days.
The Genesis Flood
: The days of Noah led God to send His judgment down upon earth. That
judgment came in the form of a great, world-wide flood. The waters of
this flood reached over 17,000 feet.
The Sons of Noah
: After the Genesis flood, it was up to Noah and his family to
repopulate the earth. The responsibility ultimately fell upon the
shoulders of Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Some scholars believe Shem was
, the Priest of the Most High God Abraham tithed to.
The Trinity and the Sons of Noah:
Al Ansley and Barbara Fulton have written an excellent and insightful
article evaluating the Trinity in regards to the names of the three sons
of Noah. This article includes principles of physics when analyzing and
discussing the Holy Trinity, and applying it in an easy to understand
way with Noah's sons.
: In the days after the Biblical flood, mankind did not take long to
stray from God. Nimrod, the son of Cush, and grandson of Ham, soon
founded the empire which would plague Israel to this very day. Nimrod
became the founder of the Babylonian Empire, and was the chief architect
of the Tower of Babel.
: Terah was the father of Abraham, and responsible for keeping the
family records after Shem. Together with Abraham and Lot, Terah set out
from Ur for the land of Canaan.
The Tabernacle of Moses
: The Tabernacle of Moses helped shape ancient Israel into a nation.
Built by Moses at Mt. Sinai, the tabernacle was God's House amidst His
people. It led the Israelites through the wilderness and into the
Not one archaeological finding has contradicted the Bible. It is a
divinely inspired book, invaluable as a resource for the examination of
God's relationship with man, from ancient Israel to the present.
is a wonderful guide to the study and understanding of Scripture.
King David of Israel : King David is one of the most important individuals in all of Israel's history. He was the greatest king of ancient Israel, and was responsible for conquering Jerusalem and making it Israel's capital city.
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