Palestine at the time
of the Patriarchs Map
Who are the Biblical Patriarchs?
2928 - 1978 B.C.
Lived 950 years
Commanded by God to build an ark to save the animals and his immediately family from the flood. Noah was 600 years old when the flood occurred (Genesis 7:6). After the flood God promised that rainbows would remind him not to destroy all life on earth with water (Genesis 9). Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth.
2426 - 1826 B.C.
Lived 600 years
Eldest son of Noah who lived to the time of Abraham and Issac. He survived the flood in the ark. Noah's blessing on his son after the deluge was "Blessed be the Lord, the God of Shem, and may Canaan be his servant." (Genesis 9:26, NKJV throughout).
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 Issac. God promised not only to make Abraham great but also to bless the WHOLE WORLD through him:
"Now the Lord had said to Abram: 'Get out of your country, from your family and from your father's house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; AND IN YOU ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE EARTH SHALL BE BLESSED.'" (Genesis 12:1-3).
1876 - 1696 B.C.
Lived 180 years
The only child of Abraham and Sarah who was miraculously born after Sarah was healed of being barren. Issac'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 Issac 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 had twelve sons and one daughter: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulon, Dinah, Joseph and Benjamin.