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This semester, my Old Testament professor is having us memorize a long list of dates so we know when biblical events took place. We’re learning that Abraham was born in 2166 BC, Isaac was born in 2066, Jacob and Esau came along in 2006, Israel wandered in the wilderness from 1446 to 1406, and on and on.
While this can feel like drudgery, going over flashcards over and over to get a good score on quizzes and exams, this has surprisingly helped me get a better picture of these biblical events in sequence. It’s helpful to have a timeline in my head so I can think of events in relation to others. I know that Jacob and his sons journeyed to Egypt in 1876, so that explains why the Israelites had been there for over 400 years when they left in 1446.
Now to learn the locations of biblical cities on the map! I just know that’s going to show up on another quiz.