According to the Scofield Reference Bible of 1909, and a few other sources, the
following significant events of ancient Israel occurred on the dates listed. Where the
date is in dispute, we have indicated alternative estimates:
A three-year revolt against the Roman Empire failed. Surviving
Jews were exiled from Palestine and scattered throughout the known world in the "Diaspora."
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Most religious liberals regard the creation story in Genesis as a myth and accept a date
of circa 4.5 billion years BCE for the actual age of the earth, and between
12 and 15 billion years for the universe itself, based on scientific
Most religious liberals regard the flood as a myth.
The Bible relates in Genesis 11 how a great tower was constructed that would reach to
the heavens. God decided to disrupt the project by having the people start to speak
different languages, so they could not understand each other. Most religious liberals regard this as
After Solomon's death, Israel divided into two kingdoms: 10 tribes formed the northern kingdom of Israel with
its capital city at Samaria. The remaining 2 tribes (Judah and Benjamin) formed the
southern kingdom of Judah, centered in Jerusalem.
Most of the descendants of the inhabitants of Israel and Judah were scattered through
the Middle East, during ancient times.