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Maps: Journeys from Eden to Egypt

Useful maps showing key places and journeys in the book of Genesis.
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Journeys from Eden to Ararat.  1. Adam and Eve live an ideal existence in the earthly paradise of Eden until they disobey God and are banished from the garden to the land east of Eden. (Genesis 3:1-24) 2. Cain is angry and kills his brother in the fields because he is jealous. As a punishment, Cain is sent away to live in the land of Nod. (Genesis 4:1-16) 3. Enoch, a descendent of Cain, founds the first city in Mesopotamia, located at the mouth of the River Euphrates in Shinar. (Genesis 4:17-24) (Continued on next map). – Slide 1

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Journeys from Eden to Ararat (close up)  1-3 (See previous map)  4. God’s heart is filled with pain at the violence and wickedness of mankind and sends a flood to destroy much of what He has created. He decides to save Noah and his family and instructs them to build a boat (an ‘ark’) out of cypress wood. (Genesis 6:1-7:24)  5. After forty days and forty nights of rain, the boat eventually comes to rest on the lower slopes of the mountains of the Ararat range. (Genesis 8:1-22) – Slide 2

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Nations of the Ancient World.  The Book of Genesis states that the colonisation of the Aegean and Anatolia, Ethiopia and Arabia was by people of Mesopotamian descent. It says all these nations are descended from Noah through his three sons - Japheth, Ham and Shem. (Genesis 10:1-32)  The descendants of Japheth (Indo-European peoples of the Aegean and Anatolia) included Gomer (Cimmerians),  Madai (Medes), Javan (Ionians), Meshech (Muski), Ashkenaz (Scythians), Elishah (from Alasia in Cyprus), Tarshish (from Tyre in Phoenicia), Kittim (from Cyprus) and Rodanim (from Rhodes).  The descendants of Ham (African peoples of Ethiopia and Arabia included those from Cush (Ethiopia), Sheba (Saba in southern Arabia), Dedan (Northern Arabia), Mizraim (Egypt), Ludim (Lydia), Caphtorim (Cretans) and Put (Libya).  The Semitic peoples, descended from Shem, remained in Mesopotamia and the neighbouring areas. They included those from Elam (South east Mesopotamia), Asshur (Assyria), Sheba (Saba in southern Arabia), Lud (probably Lydia), Hazzarmaueth (Hadramaut in southern Arabia) and Aram (Aramaeans). – Slide 3

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Nimrod’s Empire.  Included among the descendants of Ham is Nimrod (meaning, in Hebrew, ‘We shall rebel’) described as the world’s first great conqueror. His fortified cities included Babylon, Erech and Akkad in Babylonia (southern Iraq). His descendants later built Nineveh and Nimrud (Calah) in Assyria (northern Iraq). It is ‘Nimrod the hunter’ whom the Jewish historian Josephus tells us was the king who built the Tower of Babel and rebelled against God. (Genesis 10:8-12) – Slide 4

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Nimrod’s Empire (close up). – Slide 5

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Abram's journey to Canaan.  1. Terah and his family (including his sons Abram and Nahor, and his grandson Lot) live at Ur in Mesopotamia. They decide to move from Ur and follow the River Euphrates upstream to Haran. (Genesis 11:27-32)  2. God calls Terah’s son Abram to “Leave your country… and go to the land I will show you.” He establishes a covenant agreement with Abram to give his family the ‘promised land’ of Canaan. Abram and his nephew Lot set out for Canaan with their tents and flocks. (Genesis 12:1-5)  3. Abram arrives in Canaan and builds an altar by the sacred tree of Moreh at Shechem. (Genesis 12:6-7)  4. Abram moves to the hill country between Bethel and Ai, then moves south towards the Negev Desert. Driven by drought and famine, Abram and Sarai journey along the Way of Shur to the well-watered lands of the Nile Delta in Egypt. (Genesis 12:8-20)  5. Abram and Sarai are forced to flee from Egypt to the hill country near Bethel. (Genesis 13:1-9)  6. Abram and Lot decide to separate. Lot chooses the fertile, well-watered Jordan Valley and pitches his tents near Sodom. (Genesis 13:10-13)  7. Abram moves to the great oaks of Mamre near Hebron and builds an altar there. (Genesis 13:18) – Slide 6

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Abram rescues Lot.  1. Five local kings in the Valley of Siddim rebel against their four distant overlords. (Genesis 14:1-4)  2. The four overlords march south defeating the Rephaites of Ashteroth Karnaim, the Zuzites of Ham, and the Emites of Shaveh Kiriathaim. (Genesis 14:5)  3. They then carry out raids in the hill country of Seir (Edom). (Genesis 14:6-7)  4. The overlords defeat the five rebel kings in the Valley of Siddim. (Genesis 14:8-10)  5. They march north towards home, carrying off goods and prisoners from Sodom, including Lot, Abram's nephew. (Genesis 14:11-12)  6. The news of Lot's capture is taken to Abram at Hebron. (Genesis 14:13)  7. Abram, with 318 men, pursues the four kings along The King’s Highway north to Dan. (Genesis 14:14)  8. Abram's men attack at night and pursue the four kings to Hobah, north of Damascus. Lot and his family and possessions are rescued. (Genesis 14:15-16)  9. On the return journey south, Abram is met by the King of Sodom in the Valley of Shaveh (the Kidron Valley to the east of Jerusalem), and Abram is blessed by Melchizedek, the priestly King of Salem (Jerusalem). (Genesis 14:17-24) – Slide 7

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Journeys of Abraham, Ishmael and Isaac.  1. God renews His covenant with Abram at Hebron and promises to give the land between Egypt and the River Euphrates to his descendants. (Genesis 15:1-21) As his wife Sarai is barren, Abram conceives a child by Hagar, his Egyptian slave girl. But Sarai ill-treats Hagar and she flees south into the desert. The angel of the LORD meets Hagar at a spring in the desert on the road to Shur. He tells her to return, so Hagar returns to Abram at Hebron and Ishmael is born.  (Genesis 16:1-16)  2. God reveals to Abraham that He is going to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah because of their wickedness. Abraham pleads with God to save the few righteous inhabitants (including his nephew, Lot). (Genesis 18:17-33) Two angels arrive at Sodom. Lot insists that they stay overnight with him. They urge Lot and his family to "run to the mountains" during the night and "don't look back." Lot runs as far as a small town nearby called Zoar, and is saved from the cataclysm that follows. (Genesis 19:1-29)  3. Abraham moves from Hebron to the Negev Desert between Kadesh and Shur. (Genesis 20:1)  4. Later he stays at Gerar. (Genesis 20:2)  5. Abraham is forced to move again, and settles in Beersheba. (Genesis 20:3-18)  6. After Isaac is born, Sarah becomes hostile to his elder half-brother Ishmael and his mother Hagar, Abraham’s Egyptian slave. Hagar and her son are forced to leave and wander in the Wilderness of Beersheba. (Genesis 21:1-19) – Slide 8

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Wives for Isaac and Jacob.  1. Abraham arranges for his chief steward to go back to Haran to seek a wife for Isaac. (Genesis 24:1-9)  2. The servant meets Rebekah, the young daughter of Abraham’s nephew Bethuel, at the well. Rebekah’s brother Laban invites Abraham’s servant to stay overnight. He and Bethuel agree to allow Rebekah to marry Isaac. Rebekah returns to Hebron with Abraham’s servant. (Genesis 24:10-61)  3. When Rebekah arrives, Isaac has just returned with the flocks from the wilderness of Beer Lahai Roi. Isaac falls in love with Rebekah and later marries her. (Genesis 24:62-67)  4. Famine strikes southern Canaan, so Isaac moves to the more fertile coastal plain and settles in the Philistine city of Gerar. (Genesis 26:1-17)  5. Isaac is forced by the Philistines to move to Beersheba. (Genesis 26:18-25)  6. Having deceived his elderly father Isaac to get the blessing of the first-born, Jacob leaves Beersheba and flees to Haran. He rests for the night at Luz (Bethel) and has an amazing dream. (Genesis 27:1-28:19)  7. Jacob marries his cousins Leah and Rachel and works for their father for fourteen years. After an argument, Jacob flees from Haran and heads for the hill country of Gilead. (Genesis 29:1-31:21)  8. After coming to an agreement with his father-in-law, Jacob sets off from Mizpah and is met by angels. Jacob exclaims, “This is the camp of God” and calls the place Mahanaim. (Genesis 31:22-32:2)  9. Jacob remembers that, twenty years earlier, his brother Esau had threatened to kill him for stealing his birthright. So he sends messengers to Esau in the land of Seir (Edom), and prepares a gift of goats, sheep and camels to pacify him. (Genesis 32:3-21)  10. Jacob crosses the River Jabbok and wrestles all night alone with God, seeking his blessing. God gives Jacob the name ‘Israel’, meaning ‘He struggles with God’. Jacob calls the place Peniel (‘face of God’) as he has seen God face to face. (Genesis 32:22-32)  11. After making peace with Esau, Jacob moves downstream, erects shelters for his cattle at Succoth, and arrives at Shechem  (Genesis 33:1-20)  12. God sends Jacob to Bethel, where he builds an altar to God. (Genesis 35:1-7) – Slide 9

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Relocation to Egypt.  1. Jacob lives at Hebron in Canaan. He gives his favourite son Joseph an expensive multi-coloured coat which makes his brothers very jealous. (Genesis 37:1-11)  2. Joseph’s brothers take the family’s flocks to graze in the hill country near Shechem. (Genesis 37:12-13)  3. Joseph finds them grazing the flocks on the fertile pastures near Dothan. (Genesis 37:14-17)  4. The brothers plot their revenge and throw Joseph into a dry well. They see a group of Ishmaelite traders travelling from Gilead to Egypt. Reuben - the eldest - persuades the brothers not to kill Joseph but to sell him to the Ishmaelites as a slave. (Genesis 37:18-27)  5. Joseph is sold on to some Midianite merchants and taken to Egypt, where he is sold to Potiphar, captain of Pharaoh’s palace guard. (Genesis 37:28-36)  6. Joseph interprets Pharoah’s dreams as a warning of severe famine. He is put in charge of Egypt’s agriculture and builds storehouses to prepare for the seven years of famine. He is given fine robes, a gold chain and a wife - the daughter of the priest of the temple to the sun god Atum-Ra at On (Heliopolis). (Genesis 39:1- 41:52)  7. After seven years of plenty, famine arrives in Egypt. Jacob and Joseph’s eleven brothers are also suffering from the famine in Canaan. Ten of the brothers come to Egypt to buy corn. After keeping his identity a secret for months, Joseph makes himself known to his brothers. He forgives them, and sends them back to Canaan to bring his father Jacob to Egypt. (Genesis 41:53-45:28)  8. The following year, Jacob sets out from Hebron with seventy members of his family and reaches Beersheba where God appears to him. (Genesis 46:1-27)  9. Joseph meets his father Jacob in the region of Goshen in the Nile Delta. (Genesis 46:28-29) – Slide 10

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