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Abraham in the Land of Canaan

Abrahamic Covenant

The Abrahamic Covenant is from the book of Genesis and begins with chapter 12 as God calls upon Abraham to go the land of Canaan where he promises to “make of him a great nation,” a blessing unto to mankind through his descendants all families of the world shall be blessed.

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Haran

God calls Terah’s son Abram to “Leave your country… and go to the land I will show you.” God establishes a covenant agreement with Abram to give his family the ‘promised land’ of Canaan.

In c.1855BC, Abram and his nephew Lot set out for Canaan, about 400 miles / 640km away, with their tents and flocks.

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Shechem

Abram arrives in Canaan and builds an altar by the sacred tree of Moreh at Shechem. Shechem lay in a valley between Mount Ebal (to the north) and Mount Gerizim (to the south).

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Bethel

Abram moves to the hill country between Bethel and Ai. He prays to the LORD and builds an altar here, then moves south towards the Negev Desert.

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Egypt Nile Delta

Driven by drought and famine in the land of Canaan in c.1853BC, Abram and his wife Sarai journey along the Way of Shur to the well-watered lands of the Nile Delta in Egypt. Sarai claims to be Abram’s sister rather than his wife and is accepted into the harem of the Egyptian Pharaoh - probably Pharaoh Khety IV. Abram receives sheep, cattle and servants in return. But the deception is uncovered and Abram and Sarai are forced to flee.

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Bethel

Abram and Sarai return from Egypt to the hill country near Bethel. The herdsmen quarrel because of insufficient pasture in this dry land. Abram and Lot decide to separate.

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Sodom

Abram and Sarai return from Egypt to the hill country near Bethel. The herdsmen quarrel because of insufficient pasture in this dry land. Abram and Lot decide to separate.

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Judaean Hill Country

Abram stays in the land of Canaan and settles in the Judaean hill country near Bethel. The grazing here is poorer, but Abram stays within the land where God's blessing was promised (see Gen 12:1-3).

God renews his covenant promise to Abram: “All this land that you see I will give to you and your descendents for ever” (Genesis 13:15).

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Hebron

Abram moves to the great oaks of Mamre near Hebron and builds an altar there (see 7 on Map 38). Hebron (meaning ‘confederacy’), at 3043 ft / 927 m, was the highest town in the area.

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Sodom

In c.1833BC, five local kings in the Valley of Siddim (the Jordan Valley near the Dead Sea) - Bera of Sodom, Birsha of Gomorrah, Shinab of Admah, Shemeber of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (Zoar) - rebel against their four distant overlords - Amraphel of Shinar (Babylonia), Arioch of Ellasar, Kedorlaomer of Elam (south east Mesopotamia), and Tidal of Goiim.

The four overlords march south defeating the Rephaites of Ashteroth Karnaim, the Zuzites of Ham, and the Emites of Shaveh Kiriathaim. They then carry out raids in the hill country of Seir (Edom).

defeat the five rebel kings in the Valley of Siddim, and carry off goods and prisoners from Sodom, including Lot, Abram's nephew.

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Hebron

The news of Lot's capture is taken to Abram at Hebron.

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Dan

Abram, with 318 men, pursues the four kings along The Kings Highway north to Dan. Abram's men attack at night and pursue the four kings to Hobah, north of Damascus. Lot and his family and possessions are rescued.

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Salem (Jerusalem)

On the return journey south, Abram is met by the King of Sodom in the Valley of Shaveh or The King’s Valley (the Kidron Valley to the east of Jerusalem), and Abram is blessed by Melchizedek, the priestly King of Salem (Jerusalem).

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Haran

God calls Terah’s son Abram to “Leave your country… and go to the land I will show you.” God establishes a covenant agreement with Abram to give his family the ‘promised land’ of Canaan.

In c.1855BC, Abram and his nephew Lot set out for Canaan, about 400 miles / 640km away, with their tents and flocks.

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Shechem

Abram arrives in Canaan and builds an altar by the sacred tree of Moreh at Shechem. Shechem lay in a valley between Mount Ebal (to the north) and Mount Gerizim (to the south).

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Bethel

Abram moves to the hill country between Bethel and Ai. He prays to the LORD and builds an altar here, then moves south towards the Negev Desert.

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Egypt Nile Delta

Driven by drought and famine in the land of Canaan in c.1853BC, Abram and his wife Sarai journey along the Way of Shur to the well-watered lands of the Nile Delta in Egypt. Sarai claims to be Abram’s sister rather than his wife and is accepted into the harem of the Egyptian Pharaoh - probably Pharaoh Khety IV. Abram receives sheep, cattle and servants in return. But the deception is uncovered and Abram and Sarai are forced to flee.

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Bethel

Abram and Sarai return from Egypt to the hill country near Bethel. The herdsmen quarrel because of insufficient pasture in this dry land. Abram and Lot decide to separate.

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Sodom

Abram and Sarai return from Egypt to the hill country near Bethel. The herdsmen quarrel because of insufficient pasture in this dry land. Abram and Lot decide to separate.

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Judaean Hill Country

Abram stays in the land of Canaan and settles in the Judaean hill country near Bethel. The grazing here is poorer, but Abram stays within the land where God's blessing was promised (see Gen 12:1-3).

God renews his covenant promise to Abram: “All this land that you see I will give to you and your descendents for ever” (Genesis 13:15).

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Hebron

Abram moves to the great oaks of Mamre near Hebron and builds an altar there (see 7 on Map 38). Hebron (meaning ‘confederacy’), at 3043 ft / 927 m, was the highest town in the area.

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Sodom

In c.1833BC, five local kings in the Valley of Siddim (the Jordan Valley near the Dead Sea) - Bera of Sodom, Birsha of Gomorrah, Shinab of Admah, Shemeber of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (Zoar) - rebel against their four distant overlords - Amraphel of Shinar (Babylonia), Arioch of Ellasar, Kedorlaomer of Elam (south east Mesopotamia), and Tidal of Goiim.

The four overlords march south defeating the Rephaites of Ashteroth Karnaim, the Zuzites of Ham, and the Emites of Shaveh Kiriathaim. They then carry out raids in the hill country of Seir (Edom).

defeat the five rebel kings in the Valley of Siddim, and carry off goods and prisoners from Sodom, including Lot, Abram's nephew.

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Hebron

The news of Lot's capture is taken to Abram at Hebron.

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Dan

Abram, with 318 men, pursues the four kings along The Kings Highway north to Dan. Abram's men attack at night and pursue the four kings to Hobah, north of Damascus. Lot and his family and possessions are rescued.

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Salem (Jerusalem)

On the return journey south, Abram is met by the King of Sodom in the Valley of Shaveh or The King’s Valley (the Kidron Valley to the east of Jerusalem), and Abram is blessed by Melchizedek, the priestly King of Salem (Jerusalem).

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