1. God creates the earth and universe. Gen 1:1-19.
2. God creates creatures. Gen 1:20-25.
3. God creates ADAM. Gen 1:26-31.
4. God rests on the seventh day. Gen 2:1-3.
5. God creates EVE. Gen 2:4-25.


1. The fall of man. Gen 3:1-22.
2. Adam and Eve banished from Eden. Gen 3:23-24.
3. CAIN kills ABEL. Cain’s family. Gen 4:1-26.
4. Genealogy from Adam to NOAH. Gen 5:1-31.
5. Man’s wickedness Gen 6:1-7.
6. Noah builds the Ark. Gen 6:8-22.
7. The flood. Gen 7 & 8.
8. God’s Covenant with Noah. Gen 9:1-17.
9. The sons of Noah. Gen 9:18-29.
10. The table of Nations. Gen 10:1-32.
11. The Tower of Babel. Gen 11:1-9.
12. From Shem to Abram. Gen 11:10-25.

Circa 19OO BC

1. Birth of ABRAM Gen 11:26.
2. Account of Abram’s father, Terah. Gen 11:27-28.
3. Abram marries Sarai. Gen 11:29.
4. Terah and his family move from Ur to Haran. Gen 11:30-32. B.C.
5. The Call of Abram. Gen 12:1-9
6. Abram in Egypt. Gen 12:10-20.
7. Abram & Lot Separate. Gen 13.
8. Abram Saves Lot. Gen 14.
9. God’s Covenant with Abram. Gen 15.
10. Sarai’s servant Hagar gives birth to Ishmael. Gen 16
11. Abram renamed Abraham & Sarai renamed Sarah. Gen 17:1-8.
12. Covenant of Circumcision. Gen 17:9-15.
13. God foretells the birth of Isaac. Gen 17:16-22
14. Abraham circumcises his family. Gen 17:23-27.
15. The Lord’s ‘three men’ visit Abraham. Gen 18:1-9.
16. Sarah laughs at the possibility of child bearing in her old age. Gen 18:10-15.
17. Abraham Pleads for Sodom. Gen 18:16-33.
18. Sodom & Gomorrah Destroyed. Gen 19:1-29.
19. Lot’s Daughters preserve their family line through their Father. Gen 19 30-38.
20. Abraham stays near Gerar. Out of fear that he might be killed, and Sarah taken from him, Abraham tells King Abimelech of Egypt that Sarah is his sister. But the king has a dream where he is told that Sarah is married. The king is also told that Abraham is a Prophet and that Sarah must be returned to him. Gen 20:1-7.
21. King Abimelech summons Abraham and questions him. He returns Sarah to him plus a gift of sheep and female slaves. Gen 20:8-18.

Circa 1800 BC

1. Birth of ISAAC. Gen 21:1-7.
2. Hagar & Ishmael sent away. Gen 21:8-21.
3. Dispute over wells. (Water was precious and disputes about ownership not infrequent.) Gen 21:22-33.
4. Abraham told to Sacrifice his son. (Mount Moriah) Gen 22:1-19.
5. Nahor’s sons. Gen 22:20-24.
6. Death of Sarah. Gen 23:1-2.B.C.
7. Abraham buys burial place, Machpelah. (Hebron.) Gen 23:3-20.
8. Abraham gets his servant to swear to obtain a wife for Isaac from his own relatives not from the Canaanites. Gen 24:1-9.
9. The servant goes to the town of Abraham’s brother, Nahor, meets Rebekah and takes her back to Isaac. Gen 24:10-67.
10. The death of Abraham. He is buried at Machpelah (Hebron). Gen 25:1-10.
11. Isaac and Rebekah live near Beer Lahai Roi. Gen 25:11.
12. Ishmael’s sons. Gen 25:12-18.

Circa 1775 BC

1. JACOB and ESAU are born. Gen 25:19-26.
2. Esau sells his birthright. Gen 25:27-34.
3. Isaac lies to King Abimelech saying that his wife is his sister, as his father Abraham, had done. (Gen 20:1-15.) Gen 26:1-11.
4. Isaac plants crops which thrive. He becomes rich, has many flocks and servants. The Philistines envied him and filled up the wells which his father, Abraham, had dug. King Abimelech asks Isaac to move away as he has become too powerful. Gen 26:12-16.
5. Isaac moves to Gerar and then to Beersheba. He digs a new well and builds an altar. Abimelech comes to Isaac requesting a sworn agreement between them. They have a feast together and the agreement is made. Gen 26:17-33.
6. Esau marries Judith. ‘They were a source of grief to Isaac and Rebekah’. Gen 26:34-35.
7. Jacob, encouraged by his Mother’s deceit, gets his father’s blessing. Gen 27:1-40.
8. Esau threatens to kill Jacob. Rebekah tells Jacob to flee. Gen 27:41-46.
9. Isaac tells Jacob not to marry a Canaanite. Jacob sets off for Paddan Aram. Gen 28:1-5.
10. Esau realised that the women of Canaan were little liked by his father; so, in order to disobey, he betook Maheleth, daughter to Abraham’s son Ishmael, and sister of Nabaioth. (Esau already had several other wives.) Gen 28:6-9.
11. Jacob’s dream at Bethel. (The stone on which Jacob rested his head is said to be the one in the Coronation Chair in Westminster Abbey. See Supplement Two - Page 158 - Paragraph 9.) Gen 28:10-22.
12. Jacob continues his journey to Paddan Aram and meets Rachel whose father, Laban, is Abraham’s Brother’s grandson. Gen 29:1-16.B.C. 13. Jacob is tricked into marrying Leah but later also marries Rachel. Gen 29:17-30.
14. Leah, her servant Zilpah, and Rachel’s servant Bilhaha all bear children by Jacob. Thus were born Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar and Zebulun. Leah also bore a daughter Dinah. Gen 29:31-35. Gen 30:1-21.

Circa 1735 BC

1. Finally Rachel conceives has a son and calls him JOSEPH. Gen 30:22.24.
2. Jacob asks Laban to let him return to his homeland. They strike a bargain but Laban tries to cheat. (Jacob’s attempt to obtain speckled or spotted sheep by using peeled bark from trees is unlikely to have have been the cause of his success. It is more likely that God was watching over him.) Gen 30:25-43.
3. Laban’s attitude to Jacob hardens so Jacob and his family flee towards Gilead. Gen 31:1-21.
4. Laban pursues Jacob but they eventually declare a covenant, a non- aggression pact, and they part and go their own ways. (Rachel’s deceit was not entirely unworthy. She, and her sister, were entitled to some inheritance by taking the household idols, which their father had not given them.) Gen 31:22-55.
5. Jacob prepares to meet Esau. Jacob prays and then plans how to meet his brother. Sending his wives and servants across the Jabbok ford Jacob remains alone and wrestles with an Angel. The wrestling reads as if real and physical but was it perhaps wrestling with his conscience and asking for God’s help? God changes Jacob’s name to Israel. (The true cause of the change is unknown; possibly ‘yisra’el’ – ‘May God Rule’.) Gen 32:1-32.
6. Esau’s welcome is very forgiving. Jacob doesn’t want to follow him to Seir but hasn’t the courage to say so. After Esau leaves, Jacob makes his way to Succoth. (Succoth means ‘shelters’ which he made for his animals.) Finally he arrives at Schechem. Gen 33:1-20.
7. Dinah’s rape leads to the Schechemites being tricked into being circumcised and whilst in pain they were slaughtered by Simeon and Levi as a reprisal for the rape. Jacob is not happy with what has been done. (Later, on his deathbed, he is to deal with their crime. See Gen:49:1-28.) Gen 34:1-31.
8. Jacob returns to Bethel. God appears to him and once again names him ‘Israel’. Moving from Bethel to Ephrata (which is Bethlehem) Rachel gives birth to a son but with great difficulty. As she breathes her last she names him Ben-Oni which means ‘son of my trouble’ but his father calls him Benjamin. Gen 35:1-20.
9. Reuben slept with his father’s concubine, Bilhah, and Israel heard of it. Israel came home to his father, Isaac in Mamre where Abraham and Isaac had stayed. Gen 35:21-27

Circa 171O BC

1. Death and burial of Isaac. Gen 35:28-29.
2. Generations of Esau. Gen 36:1-43.
3. Israel’s love for Joseph and Joseph’s dream. Gen 37:1-11.
4. Joseph’s brothers sell him into slavery. Gen 37:12-35.
5. Joseph sold to Potiphar. Gen 37:36.
6. Judah, Jacob’s fourth son, marries Shua and she bears him three sons. Two of these sons Er and Onan are ‘wicked in the Lord’s sight’ and die. Gen 38:1-10.
7. Judah sleeps with his daughter-in-Law, Tamar, mistakenly thinking she is a shrine-prostitute. She conceives and bears twin sons. Gen 38:11-30.
8. Joseph and Potiphar’s wife. Gen 39:1-19.
9. Joseph thrown into prison. Gen 39:20-23.
10. Joseph interprets the Cupbearer’s and Baker’s dreams. Gen 40:1-23.
11. Joseph interprets Pharaoh’s dreams. Gen 41:1-38.
12. Pharaoh puts Joseph in charge of Egypt. Gen 41:39-57.

Circa 1700 BC

1. Due to famine Israel sends his sons, except Benjamin, to Egypt to purchase grain. Gen 42:1-5.
2. Joseph recognises his brothers but they do not recognise him. He tests them and demands that they bring Benjamin to him. He keeps Simeon as a hostage. Gen 42:6-28.
3. The brothers return to Israel and tell their story. He reluctantly agrees to let them take Benjamin to Egypt. Gen 42:29-38. Gen 43:1-34.
4. Joseph tricks them into believing that he is taking Benjamin as a slave. The brothers open their hearts to him and beg him to release Benjamin. Gen 44:1-34.
5. Joseph reveals himself to his brothers and, at Pharaoh’s request, tells his brothers to bring their father, families and possessions and live in Egypt. Gen 45:1-28.
6. During his journey to Egypt God speaks to Israel. Gen 46:1-4.
7. Israel arrives in Egypt and is reunited with his son Joseph. Gen 46:5-30. B.C.
8. Pharaoh agrees to Israel’s family settling at Goshen in Egypt. Gen 46:31-34. Gen 47:1-12.
9. The famine continues and as payment for grain Joseph takes livestock, land and a fifth of the crops thereby inadvertently reducing the people to subjection. (Joseph could not give the grain away, he had to take payment. Therefore it can only be understood that the outcome was part of God’s plan for his chosen people.) Gen 47:13-27
10. Israel requests that, on his death, he should not be buried in Egypt but returned to his homeland. Gen 47:28-31.
11. Israel blesses Joseph’s younger son, Ephraim, rather than give the blessing to his eldest son, Manasseh. Gen 48:1-22.
12. Israel blesses his sons but speaks harshly to Simeon and Levi due to their slaughter of the Shechemites. His blessings indicate the twelve tribes of Israel. Gen 49:1-28.
13.The death of Israel and his burial at Machpelah (Hebron) the site which Abraham had purchased. Gen 49:29-32. Gen 50:1-21.
14.The death of Joseph. Gen 50:22-25