Timeline 3A – Hebrews in the Postdiluvian Era’s early phase

by John Holbrook Jr.
A Biblical View, posted July 10, 2017, revised September 14, 2017

On June 19, 2017, I started a series of timelines that will outline the history of the world which I have constructed and which conforms to the chronology of the Bible. This series will be interspersed among blogs on other subjects and will follow the structure in the table below.

                                        GENERIC TIMELINES
Timeline 0 – Creation Week (3977 BC)
Timeline 1 – Edenic Era (3977 BC)
Timeline 2 – Antediluvian Era (3977-2321 BC)
Timeline 3A – Postdiluvian Era’s early phase 3A (2321-1870 BC)
Timeline 3B – Postdiluvian Era’s late phase 3B (1870-1464 BC)
Timeline 4A – Turbulent Era’s early phase 4A (1464-1008 BC)
Timeline 4B – Turbulent Era’s middle phase 4B (1008-754 BC)
Timeline 4C – Turbulent Era’s late phase 4C (754-665 BC)
Timeline 5A – Early Historic Era (665-2 BC)’s part 5A (Occident)
Timeline 5B – Early Historic Era (665-2 BC)’s part 5B (Middle East)
Timeline 5C – Early Historic Era (665-2 BC)’s part 5C (Orient)
Timeline 6A – Late Historic Era (2 BC-present)’s part 6A (Occident & Middle East)
Timeline 6B – Late Historic Era (2 BC-present)’s part 6B (Orient)

—ERA 3 – THE POSTDILUVIAN WORLD (2321-1464 BC)—
—Phase 3A of the Postdiluvian World—
—Period 3A(1) – Initial Settlement & Migrations (2321-2221 BC)—

Noah (AP10, gen 10) – He led mankind for 350 years (2321-1971 BC), after which he died. Although he was mankind’s titular leader until 1971 BC and undoubtedly led all mankind during the establishment of the initial settlement in the vicinity of the Ark’s landfall, as migrations occurred, leadership of the departing groups passed to the senior person in each group, who would have been a son, grandson, or perhaps even great-grandson of Noah. As time passed, Noah and his sons undoubtedly took on the aura of legend. During the years of Noah’s leadership occurred the following:

Arphaxad (AP12, gen 12), a son of Shem, was born in 2319 BC.

Cush (gen 12), the first son of Ham and a first cousin of Arphaxad, was born circa 2319 BC. He was also known as Ishvaku, Puru II, and Ukusi in Mesopotamia.

Mizraim (gen 12), the second son of Ham, was born shortly after Cush. He may have been one of the early settlers in Egypt.

Nimrod (gen 13), a son of Cush, was born shortly before his second cousin Selah, say circa 2299 BC. He was also known as Azag in Babylon.

Selah (AP13, gen 13), a son of Arphaxad, was born in 2284 BC.

Eber (AP14, gen 14), a son of Selah, was born in 2254 BC.

The Peleg Disturbance occurred in 2221 BC, possibly when the orbits of the earth and the comet Venus nearly intersected. Probably a tectonic upheaval broke up the earth’s single land mass (Pangrea) into the continents and major islands that exist today – an event which the Hebrews called “the Division of the Land.”

 —Period 3A(2) – Rise of Babylon (2221-2070 BC)—

Peleg (AP15, gen 15), a son of Eber, was born in 2220 BC.

Reu (AP16, gen 16), a son of Peleg, was born in 2190 BC.

Serug (AP17, gen 17), a son of Reu, was born in 2158 BC.

Nahor (AP18, gen 18), a son of Serug, was born in 2128 BC.

Terah (AP19, gen 19), a son of Nahor, was born in 2099 BC.

The Terah Disturbance occurred in 2070 BC, possibly when the orbits of the earth and the comet Venus nearly intersected. Probably a titanic electric discharge between the two bodies confounded the Babylonians – or possibly all of mankind’s – ability to communicate in a single language, destroyed the Tower of Babel, and devastated much of the surrounding region.

 — Period A(3) – Rise of Civilizations (2070-1870 BC)—

Haran (gen 20), the oldest son of Terah, was born in Ur-of-the-Chaldees in 2029 BC.

Noah died in 1971 BC.

The 1st Terah Threat occurred in 2020 BC, possibly when the orbits of the comet Venus and the earth nearly intersected.

Terah (HP19, gen 19) – After Noah died, Terah led mankind for 77 years (1971-1894 BC), after which he died. During these years occurred the following:

The 2nd Terah Threat occurred in 1970 BC, possibly when the orbits of the comet Venus and the earth nearly intersected.

Abram (AP20, gen 20), a son of Terah, was born in 1969 BC, probably in Ur-of-the-Chaldees.

Sarai, a daughter of Abram’s mother and thus a half-sister of Abram, was born in 1960 BC, probably in Ur-of-the-Chaldees.

Abram and Sarai were married, probably between 1945-1935 BC and probably in Ur-of-the-Chaldees.

Haran died in Ur-of-the-Chaldees.

The 3rd Terah Threat occurred in 1920 BC, possibly when the orbits of the comet Venus and the earth nearly intersected.

God spoke to Abram in 1894 BC. First, he issued a Command to Abram that Abram leave Ur-of-the-Chaldees and travel to a land that God would show him. Second, he made a Promise to – or Covenant with – Abram that Abram would sire a great nation. After hearing about the Command and Promise, Terah led his family or tribe out of Ur-of-the-Chaldees to Haran, where he died.

Abram (HP[1]20, gen 20) – After Terah died, Abram led the Hebrews for the last 24 years (1894-1870 BC) of this period. During these years occurred the following:

In 1894 BC, upon entering Canaan, Abram traveled through Sichem to the Plain of Moreh, where he camped for an unspecified time. There God visited Abram and issued his first promise of the land of Canaan to Abram and his descendants. Abram built an altar on the Plain of Morel to commemorate God’s visit. Abram then traveled to a mountain between Hai on the east and Bethel on the west, where he camped and built another altar.

Circa 1893 BC, Abram led his family out of Canaan, where they were suffering a famine, and south into Egypt.[2] The pharaoh of Egypt at the time was Osirophus, who was also known as Cheops. When Osirophus saw Sarah, he desired her and asked Abraham to relinquish her, which Abraham did. After taking Sarah into his harem, Osirophus treated Abraham well, giving him servants, cattle, and probably other gifts. Thereafter Abraham and Osirophus undoubtedly spent much time together talking, and Osirophus undoubtedly showed Abraham the pyramid that he was building.[3] Because Osirophus had taken Sarah into his harem, the Lord visited great plagues upon pharaoh and his house, which caused Osirophus to return Sarai to Abram and then to expel them from Egypt.

Abram and his nephew Lot traveled north into Canaan to a place between Bethel and Hai, where Abraham had previously built an altar. There Abram “called on the name of the LORD.” [4] The significance of Abraham’s using the name LORD is that LORD is the name which God-the-Father gave to God-the-Son.

Because the extent of their herds and flocks was greater than the land could sustain, Abraham and his nephew Lot parted company, with Abraham staying in Canaan and Lot moving east into the Plain of Jordan, through which ran the Jordan River.[5] He crossed the Jordan and camped near Sodom.

An alliance of Mesopotamian kings led by Chedorlaomer, king of Elam (Persia), swept down into the area, defeated an alliance of the kings of Sodom, Gomorrah, Zeboiim, Adnah, and Zoar, and then headed back to Mesopotamia with many captives and much booty, including Lot and all his people and possessions.

Upon hearing of Lot’s fate, Abram with a force of his own men and some Amorite friends pursued the Mesopotamians to Dan (Baalbecl), where he attacked, routed, and slaughtered them.

Abram then traveled to the valley of Shevah, where he met the King of Sodom. There Melchizedek, King of Salem, “priest of the most high God,” brought forth bread and wine, blessed them, and then blessed “Abram of the most high God.” [6] Then Abram gave to Melchizedek, a tithe of all the goods that he had taken from Chedorlaomer, to his allies, their portion of the spoils of war, and to the king of Sodom, all the rest, because he did not want it said that the king of Sodom had made him rich.[7]

After the above events, God spoke to Abram in a vision, repeating all his previous promises and also warning him that his descendants would live and be afflicted in a strange land for 400 years.

Ishmael, a son of Abram by Hagar, a maid of Sarai, was born in 1883 BC.  .

God confirmed his previous Promise – or Covenant – with Abram in 1870 BC by instituting the 1st Abrahamic Covenant (of Election). At the same time he changed Abram’s name to Abraham and Sarai’s name to Sarah.

The Abraham Disturbance occurred 1870 BC, possibly when the orbits of the earth and the comet Venus nearly intersected and a titanic electric discharge between the two bodies destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah and much of the surrounding region and a titanic earthquake created the Great African Rift or its greater expansion, thereby eliminating the Vale of Siddim and creating the Dead Sea.

© 2017 John Holbrook Jr.
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[1] HP = Hebrew Patriarch. Abram’s nineteen predecessors (Adam to Terah) were Ancient Patriarchs (AP). For the first 75 years of his life, Abram was AP-20. When he crossed the Euphrates with his family, however, he became the first Hebrew Patriarch (HP01) and God would soon changed his name to Abraham.

[2] Genesis 12:10.

[3] Genesis 12:14-16.

[4] Genesis 13:3-4.

[5] Genesis 13:6-11.

[6] Just who was Melchizedek, King of Salem, “priest of the most high God?” The author of Hebrews identifies this person as “…the King of Righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of Peace; without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God” (Hebrews 2-3), with whom Jesus shares the same order of priesthood (Hebrews 6:20). The clear implication of these verses is that Melchizedek and Jesus are one and the same person.

[7] Genesis 14:16-23.

 

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