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Bible Timeline 1996 BC Birth of Abraham

Recently M. Anderson wrote to tell us we had a mistake on the Amazing Bible World History Timeline. Genesis 11: 26 tells us “And Terah lived seventy years, and begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran.”

The Amazing Bible Timeline shows Terah as 130 years when Abraham is born. We use Bishop Ussher’s dates as the basis for the Timeline. His are the dates found in the Authorized King James Bible. When calculating the ages of each person Bishop James Ussher took into account all the scriptures regarding that person. Using additional scripture verses we have to conclude that Terah was at least 130 when Abram (Abraham) was born.

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Consider that Terah died at age 205 (Genesis 11:32), that Abraham moved from the land of Haran after Terah’s death (Acts 7:4), and that Abraham was 75 when he departed Haran and moved to the land of Canaan (Genesis 12:4). Then that means Terah was at least 130 at Abraham’s birth (205 – 75 = 130). But what about the scripture you quote? We can only assume this means at least one of the sons was born when Terah was 70 and the rest after that date since there are other scriptures that suggest these sons were not triplets. Why is Abram (Abraham) listed first if he was not the eldest? Most likely because he is the most important in the genealogy of the chosen people leading up to Christ. We appreciate any and all feedback on the Amazing Bible Timeline. Each reprinting includes suggestions for enhancements, so please keep sending them.

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14 thoughts on “Bible Timeline 1996 BC Birth of Abraham

  1. How old was Moses when he left pharaohs house after he murdered the Egyptian.

  2. Find that amazing. Am reading Gen 22 Abraham was told to sacrifice Isaac. He had to travel for two Days and on the third day ABBA provided a lamb. 1 day is as a 1000 for 2000 years Israel wandered and On The 3rd day ABBA gave His soon.

  3. Interesting History. Thanks for publishing it. By Gregg L. Friedman MD

  4. The bible does not say when Abraham was born, so you cannot refer to the bible. The book of Jasher states that Tera was 38 when he begat Haran, and that Tera was 70 when he begat Abram, and that Haran was 32 at the time.

  5. The two thousand years (two days) of wandering Jewish People is wonderful thought. God provided a Lamb (the promised son, Jesus Christ) exactly as the promised son of Abraham, Isaac. Just as Abraham had to slaughter his son, so God gave His only Son to be truly slaughtered for our redemption. Every chapter in the Bible has reference to the saving and finished work of Jesus.

  6. How can Abraham be born in 1996 BC when another pages says his son Issac was born in 2065 BC?

    1. Michael are you referring to one of our pages or another site on the web. Since the Bible does not give specific dates there are different approaches on putting together a chronology. Thank you!

  7. Hello! New guy here? What B.C. year did Abram leave Ur of the Chaldees? And what year did the War of 9 Kings occur (around when Abram rescued Lot)? Your answers would be MUCH appreciated. Thank you in advance!

    1. Well, do the math; in Genesis 12:4b NIV it says “Abram was 75 years old when he set out from Haran.” Which means that 1996 BC + 75 = he set out from Ur in 1921 BC. The next question: I’m not sure. It was before Abram had Ishmael, and Abram was exactly 86, meaning that the War of 9 Kings most likely took place between 1920 BC and 1910 BC.

  8. the Bible doesn’t specifically state the year of Abrahams birth. However, the Bible does state the ages of each patriarch when they died…Adam 930 from creation…so if you do the math, Abraham was born in year 1948 from Creation. Abraham was 58 when Noach died. Then is says Abraham was 100 years old when Isaac was born. There are 76 years in between the death of Abraham and the birth of Yosef son of Jacob (Israel). So if Abraham died at age 175 and was born in 1948, he died in year 2123 from Creation. Yosef was born in year 2199 from Creation. Yosef lived for 110 years. So, Yosef died in year 2309 from Creation. Levi died in 2332, 23 years after Yosef. Levi lived to be 137, so Levi was born in year 2195. Abraham was 86 when Ishmael was born in year 2034. Christ was born 2166 years from the birth of Father Abraham, 2066 years from the birth of Isaac. 2030 years from when Isaac was taken to be sacrificed. Christ was crucified in 4147 at the age of 33. We are now at 6132 in Ancient Hebrew calendar. not 5780. 5780 – 3412 = 2368 the birth of Moses. 5780 – 3448 = 2332 the death of Levi. 3448 + 666 = 4114 the birth of Christ. 4114 – 1948 = 2166, 2166 divided by 28 is 77. 28 letters in the first verse of Hebrew bible. בראשית ברא אלהים את השמים ואת הארץ

    1. I’ve heard that Abraham was born in 1948 BC also and that was to correspond with current Israel being born in 1948 AD

  9. Biblical time lines are a foolish task…but understandable if you consider the OT to be recorded actual history rather that edited oral traditions passed down from generation to generation that included mythic stories from other religious traditions that came before Judaism was born from the loins of Abram. Metaphor is a much better way to read and understand the OT. And Usher’s date? Set them aside entirely. They are provided through a literalist reading of of the canonical texts by much of Christianity. The Jewish scholars treat the OT texts far differently than many Christians in and out of academia do.

  10. Thank you for this information. There are 2 points I’m sharing.

    #1- It’s useful to keep the record of different timeline variables in mind when making calculations for us. Because our timeline records are based on the calendar when the time frames were decided as being 365 days in 1 year for 3 years and 366 in 1 year every four years. When the timelines are calculated by moons, by seasons, it means there are variations to what is a year. This means the variations in dating for a year are also variations that influence the date information we read.
    #2- When factoring Abraham’s birth we are then able to factor when Noah’s flood ended, AND began. The flood is calculated to be 352 years before Abraham was born, this means with archeological timelines the information that’s 353 before Abraham’s birth is pre-flood information…So knowing when Abraham was born is a really interesting factor.

  11. I propose Abraham was born 2008 years from Adam. If you do the research of Ernest L Martin exhaustive work, you’ll see how he arrives at 2008 as the birth of Abraham by simply adding up the ages of the Patriarchs from Adam to Abraham’s 99th year, in the bible. Google “new discoveries in chronology and prophecy Ernest L Martin”.
    Also, lays out the biblical chronology well, showing the 6000th year comes to 2028.

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