Timeline

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2100 BC: God promises Abraham many descendants


2000 BC: Jacob (Israel) is born


1910 BC: Joseph sold into slavery


1446 BC: Exodus begins


1406 BC: Israel begins establishing itself as a country


1400 BC: Israel is ruled by judges - not kings


1050 BC: Saul becomes Israel's first king


1010 BC: David becomes King of Israel


970 BC: Solomon becomes king; builds Temple


926 BC: Israel becomes a divided kingdom


721 BC: Assyrians conquer northern kingdom of Israel


612 BC: Babylon conquers Nineveh (Assyrian Empire)


605 BC: Babylon exerts influence over Judah


597 BC: Babylon attacks Judah


586 BC: Babylon destroys Jerusalem and Temple


586-573 BC: Babylon king Nebuchadnezzar attacks Tyre


539 BC: Cyrus the Great conquers Babylon


538 BC: Cyrus releases Jews from Babylonian Captivity


536 BC: Work begins to rebuild Temple


516 BC: Second Temple is dedicated


333 BC: Greeks begin rule over land of Israel


331 BC: Alexander conquers Tyre (Phoenician Empire)


250 BC: The Old Testament is translated into Greek


175 BC: Greek ruler Antiochus Epiphanes torments the Jews


164-63 BC: Jews regain independence for part of their homeland


63 BC: Romans take over land of Israel


About 5 BC: Jesus is born in Bethlehem


About 26 AD: Jesus begins his ministry


About 27 AD: Jesus explains what people need to do to be saved


About 26-30 AD: Jesus performs miracles


About 30 AD: Jesus is executed and resurrected


70 AD: Romans destroy Jerusalem and Temple


135 AD: Romans destroy and plow Jerusalem


1291: Tyre attacked and destroyed again


Late 1800s: Zionist Movement begins


1882-1903: Jews begin returning to homeland


1896: 'The Jewish State' is published; Zionism grows


1897: Jews unite in effort to regain homeland Israel


1917: The British gain control of Palestine


1933 - 1944: 6 million Jews killed by Nazis


1948 (May 14): Israel declares independence


1948 (May 15): Surrounding countries invade Israel


1949: The first Arab-Israeli war ends


1967: Six-Day War: Israelis capture the city of Jerusalem


1982: Hebrew becomes an official language of Israel