The first of the great Biblical patriarchs, father of Isaac, and traditional founder of the ancient Hebrew nation
King of Salem (later known as Jerusalem) and also priest of "God Most High"; He said a blessing over Abram and Abram gave him 10% of all he had.
Wife of Abraham and mother of Isaac. She gave her servant to Abraham so that she could have children through here and doubted God's promise that she would have a son in her old age.
The cutting off of male foreskin in the Old Testament as a sign and seal of the covenant of Grace.
The appearance of the divine to a human being, as when he "appeared" to Moses in a burning bush.
Sodom and Gomorrah
Cities that were destroyed by God in a rain of fire and brimstone, along with an earthquake. As the home of Abraham's nephew Lot for a time.
Son of Abraham and Sarah. The promise made to Abraham was extended to him about becoming the father of many nations.
The story of how God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac; also known as the "binding" of Isaac
The grandson of Abraham, son of Isaac and Rebekah, brother of Esau, and the traditional ancestor of Israelites. His name was changed to Israel, and his 12 sons became the 12 tribes of Israel.
The eldest son of Isaac who would have inherited the Covenant that God made with Abraham and that Abraham passed on to Isaac
Esau gave his birthright away to Jacob for a bowl of bean soup in his starvation. Thus granting Jacob the privileges of the firstborn.
Father of Rachel and Leah. He cheated Jacob, who ended up working for Laban for 20 years. "shrewd man of the world"
Only daughter of Jacob and Leah; Raped by Shechem: Simeon and Levi avenged her defilement by killing all the men after they were circumcised.
First son of Jacob and Rebekah; had 10 older brothers (son's of Leah). God blessed him with the ability to interpret dreams and sent him ahead to preserve the land of Egypt from famine.
Wife of Er. She is left a widow after her husband dies, but his brother also died after avoiding giving her a son. Later, disguised as a prostitute, Judah slept with her and gave her a son.
Egyptian captain of the guard that bought Joseph as a slave. He made Joseph head of his house.
Brother of Moses; Moses' prophet while he was representing God while trying to free the Hebrews from Egyptian rule
Event when the Israelites were "passed over" by the angel of death as dictated by the tenth plague; a holiday celebrated by Jews as a day of deliverance. Unleavened bread.
Moses sister and first female prophet. She was cursed with leprosy by God for seven days after criticizing Moses' marriage to a Cushite woman.
Stated a condition and told waht the penalty was if the condition existed (aka case law)
Oldest Israelite code. Contained laws designed for a society in which agriculture was the major means of earning a living
Ark of the Covenant
The sacred chest where the ancient Hebrews kept the two tablets containing the Ten Commandments
Feast of Weeks/Pentecost
Happens 50 days after Passover; it celebrates the giving of the law at Mt. Sinai
Feast of Booths/Tabernacles
Holiday commemorating the 40 years of wandering in the wilderness. Celebrated harvest of fruit
Day of Atonement
The only fast a day and in ancient times the high priest would sprinkle sacrificial blood on the ark of covenant. (aka Yom Kippur)
Place where Moses struck a rock instead of speaking to it in frustration of the Israelite complaining
Prophet sent by King Balak to curse the Israelites but Yahweh forbids him to do so; an angel blocks his donkey's path on the way and he ends up blessing Israel rather than cursing them
War sanctioned by God, often led by God, and sometimes requiring the complete slaughter of the enemy
Literally meaning "the ban". Violation of taking spoils for personal use. This was punishable by death.
Leader of the Hebrews after the death of Moses. He led the people into the promise land and led the campaigns during the holy wars.
Prostitute that offered Hebrew spies a hiding place in exchange for sparing the lives of her and her family members during the destruction of Jericho.
The city that came a-tumbling down. Hebrews marched around it once every day for six days then on the seventh they marched 7 times and shouted.
Canaanite god of storm and fertility. In myth he is killed by Mot, but his mate Asherah brings him back to life. Evidence of changing seasons.
Man who tested God, but in the end won a great victory for the Hebrew nation by following God's commands. But he died in shame because of the ephod.
Son of a prostitute who was kicked out by his family. Later he was sought as a leader and after returning from battle he sacrificed his daughter to God.
A religious confederacy united around a central sanctuary. (referring to when the Israelites rededicated to Yahweh)
A person was not seen as an individual, but as part of a larger unit (family, tribe, or clan)
No other god before Me, don't make for yourself a graven image, don't say the Lord's name in vain, remember Sabbath, honor father/mother, don't murder, don't commit adultery, don't steal, don't bear false witness, don't covet
Nile turned to blood, frogs, lice, flies, livestock disease, boils, hail, locusts, darkness, death of firstborn