Map: old testament stories: part one

Canaan's northernmost city

Sidon is founded by Sidon, a grandson of Ham, and is the northernmost Canaanite city (Gen. 10:15-20); the home of Jezebel, daughter of Ethbaal, king of Zidon, and the wicked wife of King Ahab; she introduces Baal worship into Israel (1 Kings 16:31-33).

Elijah raises widow's son from death

Elijah is sustained by widow at Zarephath; he commands that her barrel of meal and cruse of oil will not fail; he raises her son from death (1 Kings 17:8-23).

Cedars of Lebanon

Hiram of Tyre send cedar and brass and workmen to aid Solomon in building his temple (1 Kings 7:13-46; 9:11; Ezra 3:7).

David conquers Damascus

David conquers Damascus, but the city remains Israel's enemy (2 Sam. 8,; 1 Kings 11:24-25).

Zedekiah's sons slain

Zedekiah, last king of Judah, is forced to watch as his sons are slain, then his eyes are put out (2 Kings 25:7; Jer. 39:5-7; 52:9-11), and his ministers are killed (2 Kings 25:20-21; Jer. 52:26-27).

Battle at Carchemis

Nebuchadnezzar defeats Egypt's Pharaoh Necho in 605 B.C., ending Egyptian regime in Asia and beginning the most prosperous period fo the Babylonian Empire (Jer. 46:2-26).

Abraham promised blessings

The Lord tells Abraham, at age 75, to leave Haran and go to the land of Canaan, and promises him that he will become "a great nation" (Gen. 12:1-5).

Jacob and Rachel

To marry Rachel, one of Laban's daughters, Jacob serves Laban seven years but is deceived into marrying Leah, the first daughter; Jacob serves another seven years to marry Rachel (Gen. 29).

Jacob's sons are born

Jacob's 12 sons, except Benjamin, are born in Padan-aram (Gen. 35:23-26).

Joseph in Eygpt

After Joseph is sold into slavery by his brothers, he becomes ruler of Potiphar's house in Egypt; when Potiphar's wife makes false accusations against him after he resists her advances, he is cast into prison; he interprets dreams of the king's servants; after he interprets Pharaoh's dream, he is made prime minister of Egypt. During a famine, Joseph's brothers come to Egypt in search of grain, which he supplies; when they have used all the grain, their father, Jacob, sends them to Egypt again; Joseph makes himself known to his brothers and forgives them (Gen. 39-45).

Israelites in Egypt

Pharaoh sends wagons and provisions to move Jacob and his family from Caanan to Goshen where they are promised they shall "eat the fat of the land" (Gen. 45:10, 18); this is the beginning of the Israelites' presence in Egypt (Gen. 45:16-28; 46:1-6).

Israel in bondage

Israelites multiply "and waxed exceeding mighty" and are placed in bondage by the Egyptians (Ex. 1:7-14).

Moses in the bulrushes

When Egypt's new pharaoh, "who knew not Joseph," orders all sons born to Hebrew women killed, Moses's mother hides him for three months and then puts him in an ark of bulrushes in the river where pharaoh's daughter finds him; she raises him as her son, paying Moses's own mother to care for him (Ex. 1; 2:1-10).

Plagues on Egypt

When Pharaoh refuses to let the children if Israel go, the river is turned into blood, and plagues of frogs, lice, flies, and locusts desend upon Egypt; the Lord destroys the cattle of the Egyptians while preserving the cattle belonging to the Israelites; Egyptians suffer from boils, hail and fire (Ex. 7-10).

The Passover

The angel of death passes over the houses that the Israelites have marked with the blood of unblemished lambs, but the firstborn of all the Egyptians die (Ex. 12:1-30).

Pharaoh tells Israel to leave

Pharaoh sends for Moses and Aaron and tells them to take their people, with their flocks and herds and to leave Egypt, where they have been for 430 years (Ex. 12:31-41).

The Exodus begins

Israel's exodus from Egypt begins at Rameses, a city built by the Hebrews (Ex. 1:11; 12:37; Num. 33:3,5).

Manna is sent

Israel murmurs for want of bread and lusts for the flesh pots of Egypt; the Lord rains bread from heaven, and sends quail; Israel is given manna each day, except on the Sabbath. (Ex. 16)

Israel in the wilderness

For nearly 40 years, Israel wanders in wilderness (Num. 33:38; Deut. 1:1-3).

Moses flees to Midian

Moses, after killing an Egyptian soldier in defense of a Hebrew, flees to Midian; after helping the daughters of Jethro at a well, he lives with Jethro and marries Zipporah (Ex. 2:11-21).

Parting of the Red Sea

Israelites are saved from the Egyptians as the Red Sea is parted, permitting them to cross on dry land; Baal-zephon is the traditional place, but the exact site is unknown (Ex. 14:1-22).

Moses and the burning bush

The Lord appears to Moses at the burning bush at Horeb, the "mountain of God" (Ex. 3).

The Ten Commandments

The Lord appears on Mount Sinai before Moses amid fire and smoke and earthquakes, and reveals the Ten Commandments (Ex. 19-20); Jebel Musa is traditionally identified as the most commonly accepted Mount Sinai.

Jews flee to Egypt

After Nebuchadnezzar destroys Jerusalem, many Jews flee to Egypt against the wishes of Jeremiah, who is forced to go with them (Jer. 43:1-7; 2 Kings 25:26).

David and Bathsheba

After committing adultery with Bathsheba; David arranges for Uriahs's death by sending him into the battle to take Amman; Uriah is killed and David marries Bathsheba (2 Sam. 11).

Esau in Edom

Esau wanders in the northern limit of Edom, after losing his birthright (Gen. 36:8).

Ishmael dwells in wilderness

Hagar and her son, Ishmael, are cast out of Abraham's household; Ishmael dwells in the wilderness of Paran (Gen. 21:9-21).

Noah's ark

After "the waters returned from off the earth," Noah's ark lands "upon the mountains of Ararat" (Gen. 8:1-5); traditional site is in eastern Turkey.

Nineveh repents

After being saved from the belly of the "great fish," Jonah goes to Nineveh and prophesies its downfall; the people repent and the city is saved. This is traditional site, (Jonah 2-3).

Nahum predicts destruction

Nahum predicts the destruction of the city of Nineveh, (Nahum 2); the fall of the city to the Medes and Babylonians in 612 B.C. marks the breakup of the overexpanded Assyrian Empire.

The fiery furnace

Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego are cast into a fiery furnace when they refuse to worship a golden image created by Nebuchadnezzar; the Son of God preserves them, and they emerge from the furnace unharmed (Dan. 3); the traditional site is at Baba Gurgor.

Tower of Babel

The people attempt to build a tower at Babel to reach heaven; the Lord confounds their language and scatters them abroad (Gen. 11:1-9).

Judah in captivity

After Nebuchadnezzar besieges Jerusalem in 587 B.C. and destroys the temple, he carries most of Judah into captivity in Babylon, bringing an end to the kingdom of Judah (2 Kings 24-25).

Nebuchadnezzar's dream

Daniel interprets King Nebuchadnezzar's dream; the king saw a great image and a stone cut from the mountain without hands, which destroyed the image; the stone, interpreted to be the latter-day kingdom of God, grew and filled the whole earth (Dan 2; D&C 138:44).

Daniel interprets handwriting on the wall

In fulfillment of the warning of the handwriting on the wall, Persia's King Cyrus defeats Belshazaar at Opis and occupies Babylon; Cyrus lets the Jews, held captive for 47 years since Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Jerusalem in 587 B.c., return to their homes (Dan. 5; Ezra 1:1-4).

Daniel in the lions' den

Daniel worships the Lord in defiance of a decree of Darius, king of Babylon, and is cast into a den of lions, but is unharmed as the lions' mouths are shut by an angel sent from God (Dan. 6).

Daniel's vision

Daniel sees in vision four beasts representing the kingdoms of men, after which he sees the establishment of the kingdom of heaven with Christ at its head (Dan. 7).

Esther saves her people

Esther, a Jew and favorite wife of King Ahasuerus, saves her people when she persuades the king to issue a second decree greatly reducing the first decree that called for the destruction of the Jews in the kingdom (Esther 1-9).

Nimrod settles in Babylonia

A mighty hunter before the Lord, Nimrod, a grandson of Ham, settles in Babylonia and has a formative influence on its early history (Gen. 10:8-10).

Ur of the Chaldees

Abraham's original home is in Ur of the Chaldees; from here he sets out on his journey to Canaan by way of Haran in Mesopotamia. This is traditional site (Gen. 11:28-31; 15:7; Neh. 9:7).

King Solomon's port

King Solomon makes a "navy of ships" in Ezion-Geber (1 Kings 9:26); it was probably at this port where the queen of Sheba, after hearing of the fame of Solomon, lands to see the wealth and wisdom of King Solomon and to test him with hard questions, all of which he answers. (1 Kings 10:1-13.)

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