The Israelites believe God made a covenant, or agreement, with Abram. [Image source: http://www.sundayschoollessons.com/pen10les.htm] “I will make you a great nation.”
Canaan contained rocky hills, deserts, and fertile plains. [Image source: http://www.snu.edu/syllabi/history/f96projects/diaspora/]
The best farm land was located in the Jezreel Valley and the Jordan River Valley. [Image source: http://www.godsville.com/archaeology23.htm]
Many people lived as nomads herding sheep and goats. [Image source: http://houseofswank.home.att.net/camel.jpg]
Abram was very old before God blessed him and Sarai with a son. [Image source: http://www.execulink.com/~wblank/abraham.htm]
Abram’s faith was tested when God asked him to sacrifice his only son. [Image source: http://www.covenantinblood.com/bc/CovPic.html]
[Image source: http://www.research.missouri.edu/museum/isaac.htm] It was after this test of faith that Abram’s name was changed to Abraham.
The Patriarch Jacob became known as Israel, or “He who strives with God.” [Image source: http://hal.muhlberg.edu/wiles/mapa1.htm]
Twelve Tribes of Israel Reuben Simeon Levi Judah Dan Naphtali Gad Asher Issachar Zebulun Joseph Benjamin
His favorite son Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers. [Image source: http://www.burbankanimation.com/josephcoatl.html]
Joseph rose to the rank of vizier, second only to pharaoh in power throughout the Land of Egypt. [Image source: http://www.siue.edu/COSTUMES/PLATE2DX.HTML]
While living in Egypt, the Children of Israel became slaves.
[Image source: http://www.kfki.hu/~arthp/html/m/michelan/1sculptu/giulio_2/index.html] God heard the cries of His people for help and sent them a deliverer named Moses.
God told Moses to lead the Hebrews out of their Egyptian captivity.
On their exodus, or departure, from Egypt the Children of Israel were led and protected by God. [Image source: http://www.revelationillustrated.com/]
During the exodus, Moses led the People of Israel through the Red Sea.
During the trek across the Sinai Peninsula, God spoke to Israel through the Prophet Moses. [Image source: http://www.kfki.hu/~arthp/html/p/piero/cosimo/sistina/index.html]
This is why Moses is sometimes known as the “Law-Giver.”
Ten Commandments 1. Have no other gods. 2. Do not worship graven images. 3. Do not use the Lord’s name in vain. 4. Honor the sabbath day and keep it holy.
Ten Commandments (continued) 5. Honor your father and mother. 6. Do not kill. 7. Do not commit adultery. 8. Do not steal. 9. Do not lie. 10. Do not covet.
Moses was ultimately credited with writing the first five books of the Bible, known as the Law of Moses.
The first five books of the Old Testament are also known as the Pentateuch Genesis Exodus Leviticus Numbers Deuteronomy
Aaron, the brother of Moses, served as the high priest during the sojourn in the Wilderness. [Image source: Http://www.execulink.com/~wblank/aaron.htm]
After Moses died, the mantle of leadership fell upon his protégé Joshua. [Image source: http://www.new-life.net/joshua.htm]
[Image source: http://www.utexas.edu/courses/wilson/ant304/projects/projects97/kingp/jericho.html] Under Joshua’s leadership, the Children of Israel reduced and captured the fortress- city of Jericho.