HISTORY of the JEWS - I:

CREATION to DEATH of JACOB

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28. Noah entered the ark the day / seven days before the rains started.

GEN 7:11-16, In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights. In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark; They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort. And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life. And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.
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GEN 7:6-10. And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth. And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood. Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth, There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah. And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.

 

 

29. Water poured over the earth from above only / and below.

GEN 7:4, For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.
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GEN 8:2 The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained;

 

 

30. The ark came to rest after 148 / 219 or more days.

GEN 7:7 And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood. ... 11 In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month,¹ the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.

GEN 8:4, And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month,² upon the mountains of Ararat.

¹’² 2nd month: Iyar, 17-29 is 13 days; 3rd month: Sivan, 30 days; 4th month: Tammuz, 29 days; 5th month: Av, 30 days; 6th month: Elul, 29 days, + 17 in 7th month. TOTAL: 148 DAYS. - p.b.

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GEN 8:5, And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month: in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, ³ were the tops of the mountains seen.

¹’³ 2nd month: Iyar, 17-29 is 13 days; 3rd month: Sivan, 30 days; 4th month: Tammuz, 29 days; 5th month: Av, 30 days; 6th month: Elul, 29 days; 7th month: Tishri, 30 days; 8th month: Cheshvan, 29 or 30 days; 9th month: Kislev, 29 or 30 days. TOTAL: 219, 220, or 221 depending on how many days were in Cheshvan and Kislev that year. If the ark did not come to rest on the first day the mountains were seen, then it would have been more than 219 days. - p.b.

 

 

31. The flood lasted 40 / 150 days. [H, 415]

GEN 7:17, And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth.
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GEN 7:24, And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.

 

 

32. The earth dried on the 1st day, 1st month / 27th day, 2nd month.

GEN 8:13, And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year [of Noah's life], in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth:
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GEN 8:14, And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried.

 

 

33. All living things (except Noah and his family) did / did not die in the flood.

GEN 7:23, And every living substance was destroyed who was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.
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GEN 6:4, There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men who were of old, men of renown. [Before the flood. - p.b.]

NUM 13:33, And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, who come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight. [After the flood. - p.b.]

[SEE ALSO: #37., below. - p.b.]

 

 

34. Cain's descendants were / were not killed by the flood.

GEN 7:23, And every living substance was destroyed who was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.
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GEN 15:18. In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: 19 The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites,

JUDG 1:16, And the children of the Kenite, Moses' father in law, went up out of the city of palm trees with the children of Judah into the wilderness of Judah, which lieth in the south of Arad; and they went and dwelt among the people.

 

 

35. Methuselah was 167 / 187 years old when Lamech was born.

GEN 5:25, And Methuselah lived one hundred sixty-seven years and became the father of Lamech, (LXX)
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GEN 5:25, And Methuselah lived an hundred eighty and seven years, and begat Lamech: (KJV)

 

 

36. Lamech was 182 / 188 years old when Noah was born.

GEN 5:28-29, And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son: And he called his name Noah ....(KJV)
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GEN 5:28, And Lamech lived one hundred eighty-eight years and became the father of a son and named him Noe .... (LXX)

 

 

37. Methuselah did not / did survive the flood.

GEN 7:7, And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood. ... 23, And every living substance was destroyed who was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.
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GEN 5:25-27, And Methuselah lived an hundred eighty and seven years, and begat Lamech: And Methuselah lived after he begat Lamech seven hundred eighty and two years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died.

(1) Methuselah was 187 years old when his son Lamech was born, and he lived for 782 years after that, dying at the age of 969 years (187 + 782 = 969).

GEN 5:28-29, And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son: And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD hath cursed.

(2) Lamech was 182 years old when his son Noah was born. So, Methuselah was 369 when Noah was born (187 + 182 = 369).

GEN 7:11, In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.

(3) When the Flood began, Noah was in his six hundredth year, or, to be exact, 599 years, one month, and seventeen days old. So, Methuselah was 968 when the flood began (369 + 599 = 968).

GEN 7:7, And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.

(4) But Methuselah was not on the ark. Therefore, he was left behind at age 968. No one survived outside the ark, so Methuselah lived 968 years, not 969 as GEN 5:27 says.

[NOTE: Calculations from the Septuagint yield a different figure for how long Methuselah survived after the flood:
GEN 5:25-27, "And Methuselah lived 167 years and became the father of Lamech, and Methuselah lived after he became the father of Lamech 802 years, and had sons and daughters. And all the days of Methuselah, which he lived, amounted to 969 years, and he died. And Lamech lived 188 years and became the father of a son and named him Noe ...." (LXX)
Methuselah was 355 (167 + 188) when Noah was born (not 369 as the KJV says), and 954 (355 + 599) {Noah's age}) when the flood began. So in this version, Methuselah lived 15 years after the flood (969 - 954 = 15). - p.b.]

 

 

38. Speaking in foreign tongues is a curse / blessing.

GEN 11:6 And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. 7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.
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ACT 2:4, And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. 6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. ... 11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God..

 

 

39. Abraham departed for Canaan / an unknown destination. [B, 92; H, 364]

GEN 12:5, And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.
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HEB 11:8, By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

 

 

40. Abraham did / did not set foot in Canaan.

GEN 13:18, Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar unto the LORD.
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GEN 37:1, And Jacob dwelt in the land wherein his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan.

ACT 7:4, Then came he out of the land of the Chaldaeans, and dwelt in Charran: and from thence, when his father was dead, he removed him into this land, wherein ye now dwell. 5 And he gave him none inheritance in it, no, not so much as to set his foot on: yet he promised that he would give it to him for a possession, and to his seed after him, when as yet he had no child.

 

 

41. God promised / denied Canaan to Isaac and Jacob.

GEN 17:8, And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.
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ACT 7:4, Then came he out of the land of the Chaldaeans, and dwelt in Charran: and from thence, when his father was dead, he removed him into this land, wherein ye now dwell. 5 And he gave him none inheritance in it, no, not so much as to set his foot on:yet he promised that he would give it to him for a possession, and to his seed after him, when as yet he had no child.

HEB 11:8-9, By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirswith him of the same promise: ... 13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

 

 

42. The city was called Dan / Laish in the time of Abram.

GEN 14:14, And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan.
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JUDG 18:29, And they called the name of the city Dan, after the name of Dan their father, who was born unto Israel: howbeit the name of the city was Laish at the first.

 

 

43. Abram saw / could not have seen the stars.

GEN 15:5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them....
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GEN 15:12, And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him.

 

 

44. Lot was / was not a righteous man. [H, 282]

2PET 2:7, And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: 8 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;) 9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
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GEN 19:8, Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof....

GEN 19:36, Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father.

 

 

45. Two angels / God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.

GEN 19:1 And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground; ... 13 For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it.
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GEN 19:24 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;

 

 

46. Lot's daughters did / did not think there were men left on earth.

GEN 19:21-22, And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken. Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar. ... 30 And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zoar: and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters.
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GEN 19:31, And the firstborn said unto the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth:

 

 

47. Sarah did / did not have faith she would conceive a child in old age.

HEB 11:11, Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.
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GEN 18:10, And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him. 11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. 12 Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?

 

 

48. Abraham did / did not need God's help to have children in his old age.

GEN21:2, Sarah conceived and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.
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GEN25:1-2, Then again Abraham took a wife and her name was Keturah; and she bare him Zimram, and Jockshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah.

 

 

49. Ishmael was a child / fourteen when Abraham abandoned him. [H, 418]

GEN 21:14, And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba. 15 And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs.
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GEN 17:24-26, And Abraham was ninety years old and nine, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. And Ishmael his son was thirteen years old, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. In the selfsame day was Abraham circumcised, and Ishmael his son.

GEN 21:5, And Abraham was an hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born unto him.... 8 And the child grew, and was weaned: and Abraham made a great feast the same day that Isaac was weaned.

 

 

50. Abraham had two sons / one son when he offered Isaac to God. [B, 93; H, 380]

GEN 16:15, And Hagar bare Abram a son: and Abram called his son's name, which Hagar bare, Ishmael.

GEN 21:3, And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac. Abraham had two sons, the one by a bond maid, the other by a free woman.
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GEN 22:2, And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac....

HEB 11:17, By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,

 

 

51. Abraham did / did not ask God to spare the innocent.

GEN 18:20, And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; ... 23 And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?
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GEN 22:2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering ... 10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.

 


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