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April 23    Scripture

Old Testament: Maps
Bible maps for the study of the Old Testament.

Quick Summary of the Old Testament The Old Testament is the period from creation (4000 BC) to the period of the Persian Empire and Cyrus who allowed the Jews to return from captivity and rebuild their temple. The Old Testament ended around 400 BC. Follow along on the right-hand side and learn about the main events that took place in Old Testament times. The Old Testament Main Historical Periods. The Old Testament can be summarized by nine main historical periods which are: The Creation, Abraham and the Hebrew Patriarchs, Moses and the Exodus, Joshua and the Conquest of Canaan, Samson and the Judges, David and Solomon, The Divided Kingdom, The Destruction of Israel and Judah, and Ezra and the Return from Captivity. It would be good to memorize these main sections to create a summary of what took place. Here are the brief sections. (Dates are Approximate)
http://www.bible-history.com/old-testament/quicksummary.html


Ancient Mesopotamia Map of Ancient Mesopotamia (3rd Millenium BC) Ancient Mesopotamia at the Time of Genesis in the Bible Mesopotamia. The word Mesopotamia means the land "between the rivers" which were the Tigris and Euphrates. Although the courses have changed dramatically since ancient times we know the area was nearly 700 - 1000 miles long and nearly 300 miles across. The rivers were so large that the land was considered an "island" that was between them. But the heart of ancient Mesopotamia was in the northwest where the Euphrates made a huge bend at the northern portion of the Tigris as shown in the map above. The Bible records Mesopotamia as the city of Nahor, Abrahams brother (Genesis 24:10).
http://www.bible-history.com/old-testament/ancient-mesopotamia.html


Israel in Old Testament Times Map of Israel around 1000 BC Israel in Old Testament Times in the Bible. Israel During the Old Testament. During the time of the Old Testament the land of Israel extended from Dan in the north to Beersheba in the south. There were three main roads that extended through the land: The Way of the Land of the Philistines, The Way to Shur, and the Kings Highway.The main cities can all be seen on this map as well as the rivers and the mountains. The Old Testament reveals how God chose a people.
http://www.bible-history.com/old-testament/map-israel-old-testament-times.html


The Ancient World in Genesis Map of the World after the Tower of Babel. The Ancient World in the Book of Genesis in the Bible The Dividing of the Nations. The Bible says that after the great flood the descendants of Noah migrated to an area called "Babel" and a leader named Nimrod built a tower to reach to heaven. It was here that they rebelled against God, and the Lord became angry and through a miracle He scattered them by changing their languages (confusion of tongues) and races in order to forcibly distribute them over the face of the earth (Genesis 11:1-9). The 3 sons of Noah were Shem, Ham, and Japheth... these three sons of Noah represented the three great races of mankind. The above map shows a table of the dispersion of the nations after they migrated from the Tower at Babel.
http://www.bible-history.com/old-testament/map-ancient-world-genesis.html


The Garden of Eden Map of the Traditional Location of the Garden of Eden Map of the Garden of Eden (Supposed Location) in the Book of Genesis in the Bible. The Garden of Eden. There is no way to know exactly where the Garden of Eden was located, but the Bible reveals a few clues. It mentions that out of the garden flowed a river and it was the source of four rivers. Two of the rivers were the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. These two rivers are still in existence today flowing from the Persian Gulf up into Iraq and through Syria and Turkey. The other two rivers are called Pishon and Gihon, and these two rivers are a complete mystery. It is traditionally accepted that the Garden of Eden was located somewhere north of the Persian Gulf as seen in the above map. Notice the Tigris and Euphrates rivers on the map.
http://www.bible-history.com/old-testament/map-garden-of-eden.html


The Land of Israel in Genesis Map of the Land of Israel around 1800 BC. The Land of Israel in the Book of Genesis in the Bible The Promised Land. During the time that the events within the book of Genesis the land of Israel was actually called the land of Canaan. It was inhabited by the Canaanites, seven mighty nations who were very corrupt. Eventually the God of all the earth took the land away from the Canaanites and gave it to Abrahams descendants. It was a beautiful land from north to south, from east to west, and from the coastal plains, to the hill country and the wilderness. It was truly the promised land, and the history of the world hinges upon the events that took place in the book of Genesis.
http://www.bible-history.com/old-testament/map-land-of-israel-genesis.html


The Tigris and Euphrates Rivers Map of The Tigris and Euphrates Rivers (in Ancient Times) The Tigris and Euphrates Rivers During the Time of Genesis in the Bible. The Tigris. The Tigris River was known by the Hebrews as "Hiddekel" and is one of the two large rivers of Mesopotamia, which the Bible says, flowed from the Garden of Eden (Gen 2:14). It is formed by the confluence of two rivers that flow from the mountains of Armenia. In ancient times the courses of the Tigris and Euphrates were separate. Their confluence before they flow into the Persian Gulf is very recent. The Tigris has a greater volume of water than the Euphrates and flows faster, making upstream navigating impossible. The powerful and prosperous cities of Nineveh, Calah and Ashur flourished along its shores. The Euphrates. The Euphrates River is one of the largest rivers of western Asia, about 1700 miles long. In the Bible it is referred to by several names such as the "great river" or just "the river" and is among the four rivers, which flowed from the Garden of Eden (Gen 2:14). It formed the northeastern limit of the Promised Land (Gen 15:18). The river, which receives its waters from the mountains of Armenia, flows through a deep and narrow gorge, but as it descends toward Babylon, the Euphrates and the Tigris take different routes, which form the great broad plain of Mesopotamia. The Euphrates has a very strong current and therefore is navigable only in its lower parts. Along its shores flourished some of the important cities of Mesopotamia. The greatest was Babylon. Between the Rivers. The word Mesopotamia means the land "between the rivers" which were the Tigris and Euphrates. Although the courses have changed dramatically since ancient times we know the area was nearly 700 - 1000 miles long and nearly 300 miles across. The rivers were so large that the land was considered an "island" that was between them. But the heart of ancient Mesopotamia was in the northwest where the Euphrates made a huge bend at the northern portion of the Tigris as shown in the map above. The Bible records Mesopotamia as the city of Nahor, Abrahams brother (Genesis 24:10).
http://www.bible-history.com/old-testament/tigris-euphrates-rivers.html


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