World History According to the Bible (short version)

Clint Bishard,


            Jesus accepted the literal history of Genesis.  This is clear from His quote of both Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 in the same verse, and referring to this time as “at the beginning” Matthew 19:4-5  “4And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ 5and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?” Given Jesus was there at the beginning (John 1), may we all accept His testimony as true.

            God created the universe and everything in it, including Adam and Eve in six literal days and then rested from His work of creation for another day (Genesis 1:1-31).  The fact that these were truly literal 24 hour days is clearly shown in the giving of the Ten Commandments - Exodus 20:11.  God declares “For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.”  Again in Exodus 31:16-17, God told Israel “Therefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant.  It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.’” Therefore, let us fully accept the historical account God gives us for the creation of the universe found in Genesis, chapter 1:

Biblical Chronology: Adam to Noah (Gen. 5): Around 1056 Years


Biblical Chronology: Noah to Shem: Around 503 Years


Biblical Chronology: Shem to Terah (Gen. 11) - Around 320 Years


Biblical Chronology: Terah to Abraham - Around 130 Years


Biblical Chronology: Abraham to the Entry of Israel Into Egypt – Around 290 Years


Biblical Chronology: The Sojourn in Egypt – Around 430 Years


Biblical Chronology: The Exodus to the Building of Solomon’s Temple – Around 479 Years


Total Years from Creation to the Building of Solomon’s Temple: Around 3208 Years


Age of the Universe: Around 6178 Years Old


v     3208 (time from creation to the start of the Temple)

v     + 966 (time from the Temple to the end of 1 BC)

v      + 2004 (years from the beginning of 1 AD to the present (2005)) Note: there is no 0 AD

v     = 6178 (4174 BC) – approximate age of the universe


The Bible is the history book of the world.  We should believe it!


Other Biblical Timeframes


·         The beginning of the flood – around 2518 BC

·         Abraham is born – around 2165 BC

·         Israel enters Egypt – around 1875 BC

·         The Exodus from Egypt – around 1445 BC


Biblical Timeline of the Universe


The following chart illustrates the lineage from Adam to Jacob/Israel based on the Hebrew Masoretic Text.  The split occurs at the time of the flood so as to be able to clearly show the lineage before and after the flood.  Note that AC refers to the number of years After the Creation week.



<0 AC      Before time, there was God ‘In the beginning God’ (Gen. 1:1)


0 AC, day 6             Adam      (around 4174 BC)


130 AC                                    Seth


235 AC                                                    Enosh                      ‘Then men began to call on the name of the LORD’


325 AC                                                                    Cainan


395 AC                                                                                    Mahalalel


460 AC                                                                                                    Jared


622 AC                                                                                                                    Enoch


687 AC                                                                                                                                    Methuselah


874 AC                                                                                                                                                    Lamech


930 AC                    Adam


987 AC                                                                                                                    God takes


1042 AC                                  Seth                                                                                                                        

                                                dies                                                                                                                          Noah

1056 AC                                                                                                                                                                  born


1140 AC                                                  Enosh


1235 AC                                                                  Cainan


1290 AC                                                                                  Mahalalel


1422 AC                                                                                                  Jared


1536 AC                                                                  God gives man

120 more years (Gen. 6:3)

>1556 AC                  Noah’s 3 sons born


1559 AC  Shem


15?? AC                                  God tells Noah

about the flood

1651 AC                                                                                                                                                  Lamech


1656 AC                                                                                                                                  Methuselah



1656 AC                                                                  Flood Begins (around 2518 BC)

1657 AC                                                                  Flood Ends

1659 AC                  Arphaxad


1694 AC                                  Salah


1724 AC                                                  Eber        -Eber lived during the division of the earth (Appears to have

Born                                        happened during the time of Peleg

1758 AC                                                                  Peleg                       - Peleg means divided)


1788 AC                                                                                  Reu


1820 AC                                                                                                  Serug


1850 AC                                                                                                                  Nahor


1879 AC                                                                                                                                  Terah


1997 AC                                                                  Peleg


1998 AC                                                                                                                  Nahor


2006 AC                                                                                                                                                            Noah dies

           (950 years old)

2009 AC                                                                                                                                                  Abram


2027 AC                                                                                  Reu


2050 AC                                                                                                  Serug


2084 AC                                                                                                                                  Terah


2097 AC                  Arphaxed


2109 AC                                                                                                                                                                  Isaac


2127 AC                                  Salah


2159 AC  Shem


2169 AC                                                                                                                                                                                  Jacob


2184 AC                                                                                                                                                  Abraham


2188 AC                                                  Eber


2289 AC                                                                                                                                                                  Isaac


2299 AC  Israel & family go to live in Egypt


2316 AC                                                                                                                                                                                  Israel

                                                                                  430 Year Sojourn in Egypt (Ex. 12:40-41)                                          dies

2729 AC  The Exodus of Israel from Egypt


3208 AC  Solomon begins to build the Temple (1 Kings 6:1; 966 BC - The MacArthur Study Bible)