Palestine at the time
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2928 - 1978 B.C.
Lived 950 years
God told Noah to build an ark in order to save the animals and his family from the global flood he was to bring. Noah was six hundred years old at the time of the deluge (Genesis 7:6). After the flood God promised, through the sign of a rainbow, that he would never again destroy all life on earth with water (Genesis 9). Noah had three sons who were named Ham, Shem, and Japheth. Sometime after the flood he cursed one son and blessed the other two.
25. And he said, "Cursed be Canaan. He shall be a servant of servants to his brothers." 26. And he said, "Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant. 27. God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; And Canaan shall be their servant." (Genesis 9:25-27, Holy Bible in Its Original Order - A Faithful Version (HBFV) unless stated)
2426 - 1826 B.C.
Lived 600 years
Eldest son of Noah who lived to the time of Abraham and Isaac. He survived the flood in the ark
1975 - 1800 B.C.
Lived 175 years
Originally named Abram. Abraham left his home in Ur of the Chaldees to journey to Palestine. His faith was tested when God asked him to sacrifice his only son Isaac. God promised not only to make Abraham great but also to bless the WHOLE WORLD through him:
1The LORD said to Abram: Go out from your land, your relatives, and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make you into a great nation, I will bless you, I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, I will curse those who treat you with contempt, and all the peoples on earth will be blessed through you. (Genesis 12:1-3, HCSB)
1876 - 1696 B.C.
Lived 180 years
The only biological child of Abraham and Sarah. He was miraculously born after Sarah was healed of being barren. Isaac's wife Rebekah bore him twin boys: Esau and Jacob. He lived longer than either his father (Abraham) or son Jacob.
1815 - 1668 B.C.
Lived 147 years
Son of Isaac and twin-brother to Esau. Buys Esau's birthright blessing for bowl of stew (Genesis 25:29-34). Steals his father's blessing by pretending to be Esau. Wrestles all night with a man (who is actually Jesus) who afterwards blesses him and changes his name to Israel (Genesis 32:22-32). Jacob has twelve sons (each one represents one of the tribes of Israel) and one daughter.