Early Civilizations. Eden. The Place of Beginnings. Eden. Fertile Crescent Earliest Civilization Cities Specialized Labor Government Arts & Sciences Religious Beliefs Written Language Earth destroyed by Flood New City in Land of Shinar Tower of Babel & Scattering. Mesopotamia .
The Place of Beginnings
The Restoration of Civilization
Place of God’s Preservation for His People
The Promised Land and its Inhabitants
Descendents of Ham
Ruled by kings (not priests or gods)
Controlled supplies of iron ore and produced iron
Used iron weapons & horse-drawn chariots to extend empire.
Weakened by fighting with Egypt.
Absorbed by more advanced cultures.
Descendents of Shem
Commercial empire on land
Centrally located along trade routes
Aramean language became common language of the area.
Conquered by Assyrians.
Descendents of Abraham
Bondage in Egypt
David & Solomon
Division & Judgment
God’s Instruments of Punishment and Preservation
Largest empire up to 550 BC
Borrowed gods, language, arts, science from previous Mesopotamian cultures.
Known for military might and cruelty.
God used them to punish Israel.
God sent Jonah to preach to Nineveh & they repented for a time.
Destroyed by Chaldeans.
Cyrus the Great one of greatest conquerors in history.
Persian culture borrowed from previous civilizations.
God used Cyrus to free His people from captivity in Babylon.
Ruled the world until Alexander.
Began under Philip II of Macedonia.
Expanded by his son, Alexander.
Conquered Persian Empire.
Marched to India before his men refused to continue.
Divided at Alexander’s death among four generals.
Eventually conquered by Rome.