Key Verses for Calculating the Chronological
Flow of the Patriarchal Period
Genesis 12:4, So Abram went forth as the LORD had spoken to him; and Lot went with him. Now Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.
Genesis 16:3, After Abram had lived ten years in the land of Canaan, Abram's wife Sarai took Hagar the Egyptian, her maid, and gave her to her husband Abram as his wife.
Genesis 16:16, Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishmael to him.
Genesis 17:1, Now when Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, "I am God Almighty; Walk before Me, and be blameless.
Genesis 17:17, Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, "Will a child be born to a man one hundred years old? And will Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?"
Genesis 17:24, Now Abraham was ninety-nine years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.
Genesis 17:25, And Ishmael his son was thirteen years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.
Genesis 21:5, Now Abraham was one hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.
Genesis 23:1, Now Sarah lived one hundred and twenty-seven years; these were the years of the life of Sarah.
Genesis 25:7, These are all the years of Abraham's life that he lived, one hundred and seventy-five years.
Genesis 25:17, These are the years of the life of Ishmael, one hundred and thirty-seven years; and he breathed his last and died, and was gathered to his people.
Genesis 25:20, and Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of Paddan-aram, the sister of Laban the Aramean, to be his wife.
Genesis 25:26, Afterward his brother came forth with his hand holding on to Esau's heel, so his name was called Jacob; and Isaac was sixty years old when she gave birth to them.
Genesis 26:34, When Esau was forty years old he married Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite;
Genesis 29:18-20, Now Jacob loved Rachel, so he said, "I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel." Laban said, "It is better that I give her to you than to give her to another man; stay with me." So Jacob served seven years for Rachel and they seemed to him but a few days because of his love for her.
Genesis 31:38-41, "These twenty years I have been with you; your ewes and your female goats have not miscarried, nor have I eaten the rams of your flocks. "That which was torn of beasts I did not bring to you; I bore the loss of it myself. You required it of my hand whether stolen by day or stolen by night. "Thus I was: by day the heat consumed me and the frost by night, and my sleep fled from my eyes. "These twenty years I have been in your house; I served you fourteen years for your two daughters and six years for your flock, and you changed my wages ten times.
Genesis 35:28, Now the days of Isaac were one hundred and eighty years.
Genesis 37:2, These are the records of the generations of Jacob. Joseph, when seventeen years of age, was pasturing the flock with his brothers while he was still a youth, along with the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives. And Joseph brought back a bad report about them to their father.
Genesis 41:46-48, Now Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh, king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh and went through all the land of Egypt. During the seven years of plenty the land brought forth abundantly. So he gathered all the food of these seven years which occurred in the land of Egypt and placed the food in the cities; he placed in every city the food from its own surrounding fields.
Genesis 41:53-54, When the seven years of plenty which had been in the land of Egypt came to an end, and the seven years of famine began to come, just as Joseph had said, then there was famine in all the lands, but in all the land of Egypt there was bread.
Genesis 45:6, "For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting.
Genesis 47:8-9, Pharaoh said to Jacob, "How many years have you lived?" 9 So Jacob said to Pharaoh, "The years of my sojourning are one hundred and thirty; few and unpleasant have been the years of my life, nor have they attained the years that my fathers lived during the days of their sojourning."
Genesis 47:28, Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years; so the length of Jacob's life was one hundred and forty-seven years.