17th August 2009, mgh
1) Old and New Testament History
There are two reasons to understand Bible history: context and the faith building from prophetical fulfilment.
While the Bible is not written as a history book, the context of every word of the Bible belongs to a historical era. If we do not know something of these eras, we cannot fully understand the words.
As much of what the prophets have written is fulfilled, unless we know history we cannot understand how their words were fulfilled
Adam to Abraham
This timeline places the people of this era in their context. Be surprised at who was a contemporary of who. See why Jacob speaks of his 130 years as "few and evil" and having "not attained unto the days of the years of the life of my fathers" (Genesis 47:9).