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Dates for the Old Testament – Part 2

Written by Dianna Wiebe on .

Dates for Old Testament Events – Part 2

Old Testament dates can be a fascinating yet contentious topic in the context of the Bible, which is why I’ve chosen not to include them in the Grapevine curriculum. Nonetheless, I frequently receive inquiries about dates. Therefore, today, I’m going to share my personal notes on the dates I utilize when teaching Part 2 of the Old Testament Timeline in my classes.

I primarily use the book, Annals of World History by Bishop James Ussher for these dates. Dates can be added to our Old Testament Overview studies or our Timelines.

Old Testament Part 2 Dates

  • 1706 BC – Jacob and the children of Jacob enter Egypt to join his son Joseph who was already living there.
    • 1689 BC – Jacob Died at age 147
    •  1635 BC – Joseph Died at age 110
  • Children of Israel went into bondage
  • 1571 BC – Moses was born
    • 1531 BC – Moses left Egypt at age 40
  • 1491 BC – The Deliverance – Moses Returned to Egypt at age 80
  • 1491 BC– Passover – The Exodus – The children of Israel left Egypt
  • 1491 BC– Pentecost – The Law was given to Moses at Mt. Sinai
  • 1491 BC – The Tabernacle building began, early summer
  • 1491 BC – The Twelve Spies entered Canaan summer
    •  The Twelve Spies reported to Moses 40 days after spying the land
  • 1491 to 1451 BC – 40 Years – The Desert
    • 42 Camps – From the Exodus out of Egypt to the crossing of the Jordan River, 40 years later,  the children of Israel had 42 separate camp sites.
  • 1451 BC – Joshua became the Leader of the Children of Israel after the death of Moses
  • 1451 BC -The children of Israel camped across from the Promised Land, early spring before crossing the Jordan right before Passover.

In closing, while the debate over dates in the Bible continues, I hope that my personal notes on the Old Testament Timeline Part 2 have shed some light on this issue. Remember, the study of scripture is an ongoing journey, and different perspectives can enrich our understanding. If you have any more questions or would like to delve deeper into this topic, feel free to reach out. Thank you for joining me on this exploration, and may your continued study of the Bible be life giving and encouraging. Stay curious!


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