1836 BC – 1689 BC: Jacob/Israel, contemporaneous with Eber, Abraham, and Nimrod
Key Precept: A plot of land for Heaven’s embassy on earth was granted by the owner of the whole earth to the nation appointed to be the ambassador to all the other nations.
Let’s start with a recap of the last post to ensure continuity, using this chart for referencing time frames as you read the narrative. (Understanding that dates are +/- some years but in the ball park, and serve the purpose of placing key persons in relation to each other.)
AM BC Births Deaths
1656 2348 The Flood
1723 2281 Eber lived 464 yrs – last of the long-lived ancestors
1786 2218 Nimrod same generation as Salah, lived 500 yrs
1819 2185 Serug lived 230 yrs
1849 2155 Nahor lived 228 yrs
1878 2126 Terah lived 205 yrs
2008 1996 Abram lived 175 yrs
2108 1896 Isaac lived 180 yrs
2168 1836 Jacob/Israel & Esau lived 147 yrs
2183 1821 Abraham
2187 1817 Eber
~2200 ~1800 Sons of Jacob live from 110-137 yrs
~2286 ~1718 Nimrod by Esau per Jasher
2315 1689 Jacob
~2350 ~1650 Jacob’s sons
2433 1571 Moses lived 120 yrs
Recall that Melchizedek Shem’s great-grandson Eber is the father of the Hebrews, the one righteous nation formed at the splitting of united humanity into many nations at the Tower of Babel. Eber was born before the final countdown deterioration in lifespans, outliving 6 (I think I calculated that right) generations through Jacob, the father of the family that became the nation of Israel. It is fair to deduce that Eber provided personal leadership to Jacob, as Shem did with Abraham, as well as living memory reminiscence leadership through Jacob / Israel for generations after.
Jacob was the last of the patriarchs, i.e. ancient founders of the original nations, but there was no Israelite nation until hundreds of years after he died. There was just an extended family of about 70 individuals in his lifetime. We do know that Jacob’s descendants were identified as belonging to the Hebrew, not Israelite, nation up until Moses.
“And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar…an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites [who were not identified as Hebrews so we can deduce these descendants of Abraham chose not to live by Yahweh’s code of righteousness. And their behavior supports that deduction.] which had brought him down thither…And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand. [Obviously the LORD is known as the God of the Hebrews to this Egyptian.] And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand…And it came to pass after these things, that his master’s wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me. But he refused, and said unto his master’s wife…how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?…she called unto the men of her house, and spake unto them, saying, See, he hath brought in an Hebrew unto us to mock us; ” (Gen 39:1-14)
“And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river’s side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it. And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews’ children. Then said his sister to Pharaoh’s daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee?…and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water. And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren.” (Exodus 2:5-11)
We need to keep Jacob’s Hebrew national background in view as the story line narrows its focus from the whole world at the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11 to Abraham’s offspring from Genesis 12 onward, without altering its theme and main plot which is to restore spiritual life and dominion over the earth to ALL mankind.
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