The words Hebrews, Israelites, and Jews have overlapping meanings. The term “Hebrew” applies primarily to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and members of their families and secondarily to their descendants. The term “Israelite” applies primarily to descendants of Jacob, renamed
4004 BC. This is the year that Yahweh created
This was a big year for us as humans. Yahweh created our cosmos out of nothing to serve as the perfect place for us to enjoy a relationship of truth, freedom, love, and vitality with him. He created us humans as creatures able to enjoy this kind of relationship with him, one another, and all the other creatures he had made. We might call this brief period of time our Days of Conviviality.
It didn’t last long. We humans quickly broke our relationship with Yahweh. Into that break rushed powers of evil that have tormented us ever since. Yahweh expelled Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. Cain murdered his brother Abel and built the first city. We humans filled the earth with violence (Genesis 6:11).
With the rupture in our relationships with Yahweh, others, and the rest of creation, we became the unwilling victims and unwitting collaborators with the six false gods of Olympianity. Consequently, we may call this first major era of human history the Age of Olympianity (4000-1922 BC).
2948. Noah is born.
2349. The biblical flood occurs and covers
2247. We humans start construction of the
1996. Abraham is born.
1922. Yahweh calls Abraham to move from
1896. Isaac is born.
1836. Jacob is born.
1571. Moses is born. In 1531 he flees
1491. Yahweh calls Moses from a burning bush on Mount Sinai and sends him to confront the pharaoh of
1451-1445. The people of
1445-1095. Israelites live in a confederation of 12 tribes. These are led, when needed, by a man or woman known as a judge. Famous judges include Deborah, Gideon, Samson, and Samuel.
1095-1055. Saul rules as the first king of
1055-1015. David rules as king of
1015-975. Solomon rules as king of
975. The u
721. An Assyrian army destroys the northern kingdom of
588. A Babylonian army destroys the southern
537. Cyrus, king of
520. Constructed starts on the second temple in
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