Map: Old Testament stories: part two


The Creation

God creates the earth and its heaven and all forms of life in six "days" or periods, and rests on the seventh; He creates man, both male and female, in His own image, and gives man dominion over all things; the man is called Adam, the woman Eve; they are placed in the Garden of Eden where Satan, in the form of a serpent, deceives Eve and she and Adam eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, which they have been commanded to not eat; they are banished from the Garden; Eve becomes the mother of all living (Gen. 1-2, Moses 2-4).

Cain and Abel

Eve bares Cain and Abel; Cain, a tiller of the ground, brings fruit of the ground as an offering to the Lord, but it is rejected because Cain loved Satan more than God; when Abel's offering of the firstlings of his flock is accepted, Cain is angered and kills Abel (Gen. 4:1-8, Moses 5:16-33).

Cain's curse

The Lord curses Cain because he has committed murder, and sets a mark on him; Cain dwells in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden (Gen. 4:16-17, Moses 5:34-41).

Adam's posterity

Adam lives 930 years and dies; his posterity includes Enoch who "walked with God"; Methuselah, the oldest man to live on the earth, who was 969 when he died; and Noah (Gen. 5, Moses 6: 1-25).

Noah's ark

The descendants of Adam and Eve turn to wickedness until the earth is filled with violence; God establishes His covenant with Noah, who builds an ark to save his family and various beasts and fowls from the flood that God promises to send to cleanse the earth; the flood comes and water covers the whole earth, and all life on land except that on the ark is destroyed (Gen. 6-8, Moses 8).

The above events preceded the time of Abraham and therefore are not located on the map.

Joshua's last speech

Joshua gathers all the tribes of Israel to Shechem and recites how the Lord has blessed and led Israel; he and all the people covenant to choose the Lord and serve Him only; Joshua dies (Josh. 24).

David and Goliath

David goes against the Philistine giant Goliath in the name of the Lord and slays him with a stone flung from a sling (1 Sam. 17).

Ruth and Naomi

Ruth, a Moabite, is widowed; she refuses to leave her mother-in-law Naomi, and goes with her to Bethlehem, where she gleans in fields of Boaz, who eventually marries her. Naomi rejoices over the birth of Ruth's son (Ruth 1-4).

Rachel dies

Rachel dies while giving birth to Benjamin, Jacob's youngest son and the only son not born in Padan-aram; she is buried near Bethlehem (Gen. 35:16-20).

Philistines return the ark

The Philistines in Ashdod, Gath and Ekron are plagued and slain because they have placed the ark of the covenant in the house of Dagon, a Philistine god; the Philistines return the ark to the Israelites with a trespass offering; as the ark is taken through Bethshemesh, the Lord smites and slays Israelites who look into it (1 Sam. 5-6).

Samson and Delilah

Delilah cuts Samson's hair and delivers him to the Philistines, who blind him. After he is taken to Gaza, he prays for strength, takes hold of two middle pillars and destroys a building, killing himself and 3,000 others (Judges 16).

Uzzah tries to steady the ark

Uzzah is smitten and dies when he takes hold of the ark of God to steady it as it is taken to Jerusalem (2 Sa. 6:1-7).

Elijah's run

After Elijah opens the heavens again for rain, he runs from Carmel to the entrance of Jezreel, while the wicked King Ahab rides in his chariot (1 Kings 18:42-46).

Naboth's vineyard

King Ahab wants to buy Naboth's vineyard; Jezebel, Ahab's wife and a Phoenician princess who introduced Baal worship to Israel, has Naboth and his sons killed and Ahab seizes the vineyard (1 Kings 21; 2 Kings 9:26).

Death of Jezebel

After Elijah prophesies that Ahab and Jezebel and their house shall be destroyed, (1 Kings 21:17-25), Jezebel was eaten by dogs and Ahab's blood was licked up by dogs (1 Kings 22:37-38; 2 Kings 9:30-37).

Elijah and priests of Baal

Elijah challenges 450 prophets of Baal to call down fire in the name of Baal to consume a bullock that has been prepared as a sacrifice. When they fail, Elijah has water poured onto another bullock, as well as upon the wood and ground, and then calls down fire from God, which consumes the sacrifice, along with the wood, stones, dust and water; the prophets of Baal are slain (1 Kings 18:19-40).

Joseph sold into Egypt

Joseph, favored by his father, Jacob, is given a special coat; he dreams his parents and brothers bow down before him; his brothers cast him into a pit and sell him for 20 pieces of silver to Ishmaelites en route to Egypt (Gen. 37).

Bones of Joseph buried

When they leave Egypt, the children of Israel bring with them the bones of Joseph, which they bury in Shechem in a parcel of ground that Jacob had previously bought for 100 pieces of silver (Josh. 24:32).

Tribes receive land allotment

Tribes of Israel assemble after conquests to receive allotment of land (Josh. 18-22).

Eli rears Samuel

Hannah comes to Shiloh and prays for a son and vows to give him to the Lord; Samuel is born and is placed in Eli's charge at the tabernacle at Shiloh (1 Sam. 1; 2:11; 3:1).

Jonah swallowed by `great fish'

Jonah is commanded to call Ninevah to repentance, flees on a ship, is cast into the sea and swallowed by a "great fish." (Jonah 1.)

Jacob's dream

While traveling from Beersheba to Haran, Jacob tarries for a night in Bethel and dreams he sees a ladder reaching into heaven; Jacob is promised that in him and his seed "shall all the families of the earth be blessed" (Gen. 28:10-22).

Abraham's well

Abraham digs a well near the Philistine border; the well becomes part of a covenant in which he and the Philistine king Abimelech deal honorably with each other; the place at which the covenant is made is called Beersheba (Gen. 21:22-34).

Saul, the Benjamite

Saul, searching for his father's asses that are lost, goes to Zuph to inquire of Samuel the prophet regarding where he should look; the day before Saul's arrival, the Lord reveals to Samuel that Saul is to be king (1 Sam. 9:1-17).

Deborah and Barak

Barak, encouraged by Deborah, a judge in Israel and prophetess in Mount Ephraim, enlists 10,000 men of Naphtali and Zebulun to deliver Israel from the Canaanites (judges 4:1-22).

Elijah and the ravens

After Elijah seals up the heavens against rain and dew, which lasted for 3 1/2 years, he is fed by ravens (1 Kings 17:1-7).

David flees Saul

David is forced to flee when Saul becomes jealous of David's popularity and seeks to kill him; Saul, with 3,000 men chosen out of all Israel, stops to rest and goes to sleep in a cave in En-Gedi; David finds Saul asleep but rather than kill him, he cuts off the skirt of Saul's robe (1 Sam. 18-24).

From Dan to Beersheba

Palestine of the Old Testament extends from "Dan to Beersheba" (Judges 20:1).

Witch of Endor

When the Philistines gather to go to war against Israel, Saul inquires of the Lord what he should do; he receives no answer, "neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets," so he goes to a witch at Endor who foretells of his death and the deaths of his sons (1 Sam. 28:1-19)

Ten tribes carried captive

During Hoshea's reign in Samaria, Israel forsakes the Lord and woships idols, serves Baal and rejects all that the Lord gives them; the ten tribes are carried away captive by kings of Assyria in 721 B.C., and the land of Israel (Samaria) is inhabited by other people (2 Kings 17).

Naaman the Syrian

Naaman, captain of the Syrian army, is coaxed to follow Elisha's instruction; he dips himself in the Jordan River seven times and is healed of leprosy (2 Kings 5:5-14).

Jacob wrestles an angel

After he wrestles all night with a messenger of God, Jacob sees God face to face; Jacob's name is changed to Israel. (Gen. 32:24-32)

Sun stands still

During a battle against the Amorites and their allies, Joshua commands the sun to stand still to prolong the day of fighting; the Lord casts "down great stones from heaven" and more of the enemy die from hailstones than by the Israelites' swords; five nations are destroyed (Josh. 10).

Wall of Jericho falls

Joshua leads an attack on city of Jericho, encompassing the city for six days; on the seventh day, after the city is encompassed seven times, seven priests blow trumpets of rams' horns, all the people give a "great shout," and the wall of the city falls down (Josh. 6:1-20).

Elijah taken into heaven

Elijah takes his mantle, wraps it together, smites and divides the waters of the Jordan so he and Elisha can cross on dry ground; he then is taken up into heaven in a whirlwind (2 Kings 2:1-11); the mantle falls on Elisha (2 Kings 2:12-15).

The Promised Land

The Lord tells Moses to go to the top of Mount Nebo, from which he will be permitted to see, but not enter, the Promised Land (Num. 27:12-14; Deut. 32:49-52).

Moses is taken by the Lord

After Moses goes up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo and looks over the Promised Land, he is taken by the Lord, but "no man knoweth of his sepulchre" (Deut. 34:5-6, see Alma 45:19).

Balaam and the angel

Balak offers money, cattle and great honors to Balaam to curse Israel; an angel opposes Balaam on the way and is seen by the ass on which Balaam is riding; the ass speaks to Balaam (Num. 22:21-35).

Sodom and Gomorrah

Because of their wickedness the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, located in the Vale of Siddim and assumed by many now to be submerged beneath the Dead Sea, are destroyed by the Lord who rains "brimstone and fire" from heaven (Gen. 19:13-28).

Lot's descendants settles Moab

Lot is sent out of Sodom by the Lord, and his descendants settle Moab (Gen. 19:29-38), which becomes the home of Ruth (Ruth 1:1-4).

Lot's wife turned to pillar of salt

Before destroying Sodom, the Lord instructs Lot to leave with his family and to not look back; Lot's wife lags behind the others and looks back; she becomes a pillar of salt (Gen. 19:20-26; see Luke 17:31-32).


Ancient Jerusalem

In Abraham's time, Jerusalem was known as Salem, the city in which dwelt "Melchizedek King of Salem" (Gen. 14:18; Ps. 76:2); before David's conquest, it was an Amorite city called Jebus (Judges 19:10-11, see JST Gen. 14:33:35, Alma 13:17-19).

Abraham and Isaac

Abraham is commanded to sacrifice his son Isaac, who he takes to Mount Moriah, later to become the temple site in Jerusalem; an angel of the Lord intervenes and Isaac is spared; because of Abraham's obedience, the Lord promises him he will be blessed with seed "as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore" (Gen. 22:1-18).

David anointed king

David is anointed king of Judah and then king of Israel (2 Sam. 2:1-4; 5:1-5); he reigns for 40 years, seven in Hebron and 33 in Jerusalem (1 Kings 2:11).

David's Jerusalem

David captures, strengthens and beautifies Jerusalem, to which he brings the ark (2 Sam. 6:12); he makes the city the capital of his kingdom, and plans to build a temple (2 Sam. 5-6; 1 Chron. 11, 13-16, 17).

Solomon's temple

Solomon builds a magnificent temple, a permanent house of the Lord in which the ark of the covenant is placed (1 Kings 6-8); more than four centuries later, the temple is plundered and destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar in 587 B.C.

Captive city

In one of his invasions, Babylonia's King Nebuchadnezzar captures Jerusalem; many of its inhabitants are taken to Babylon (2 Kings 24-25; 2 Chron. 36:15-21; Jer. 39:9-14).

Temple of Zerubbabel

The second temple of Israel is built by Zerubbabel, prince of Judah, in about 520 B.C. (Hag. 1:2-8); Nehemiah directs the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem (Neh. 2:4-20; 6:25-26; Psalms 125, 147); centuries later, Herod, to gain favor with the Jews, orders improvements to be made on the temple, the work of which is begun in 19 B.C. and completed in A.D. 64.


The Lord's promise to Abraham

When Abraham and Lot separate, Lot chooses the plain of Jordan for his land; Abraham dwells in Canaan, but much wickedness is there; the Lord promises Abraham all the land before him and commands him to "walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; Abraham goes to Hebron, where he builds an altar to the Lord (Gen. 13).

Ishmael born to Sarah's handmaiden

When Sarah is unable to bear children, God commands Abraham and Sarah to give Hagar, Sarah's handmaid, to Abraham; Hagar gives birth to a son, Ishmael (Gen. 16, D&C 132:34-35).

Sarah to have a son

While dwelling in a tent on the plains of Mamre near Hebron, Abraham is visited by three holy men who announce that Sarah, who is old, would have a son; when she laughs within herself, the Lord asks Abraham, "Is any thing too hard for the Lord?" (Gen. 18:1-15).

Abraham and his family buried in cave

When Sarah dies, Abraham buries her in the cave of Machpelah, which is part of the property he bought earlier from Ephron the Hittite in Hebron (Gen. 23); later, Abraham is buried in the cave (Gen. 25:9), as are Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob and Leah (Gen. 49:31; 50:13).

Absalom revolts against his father, David

Absalom goes to Hebron and sends spies throughout the land, organizing a revolt against David, his father (2 Sam. 15:7-12).

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