Creation - The Flood

Chart dating from Creation to the Flood

All dates on this chart have been plotted directly from data found in the Holy Bible, New International Version®.
Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.  Used by permission of International Bible Society.

See Critical Path for information on the continuity of the biblical chronology.

    Creation - The Flood

    1 - 1657 AM [Chart]
    4223 - 2567 BC [Chart]

Biblical References:
    Genesis 1 - 8

    This is a period of the world's history which is not generally accepted by historians.  This is possibly because it does not easily fit into the commonly held world-view - that of the earth's gradual development through the process of evolution. 

However, it is interesting to note the presence of "flood myths" in many ancient cultures and traditions.  A good example of this is found in the Gilgamesh Epic (link goes to external site), detailing the story of King Gilgamesh of Uruk and that of his friend Enkidu.

There are 3 main events in this era which have a lasting influence throughout the rest of the biblical narrative:

The Fall of Humanity
The Flood