Abramhamic Religions


The beginning date of the Hebrew calendar,

October 7, 3767 BCE

The beginning date of the Hebrew calendar, according to scholar Rabbi Yossi ben Halafta, a 2nd century Rabbi. Adam & Eve created (Year 1 of Jewish calendar).

The Flood

2150 BCE

Date given by Jewish scholars for the flood faced by Noah.

Abraham prepares to sacrifice Isaac

Approx. 1677 BCE

Moses born

1393 BCE

Northern Kingdom (Israel) destroyed

Approx. 722 BCE

Northern Kingdom (Israel) destroyed by Assyrians; 10 tribes exiled (10 lost tribes)

Southern Kingdom (Judah) and First Temple destroyed

587 BCE

Southern Kingdom (Judah) and First Temple destroyed-Babylonian exile

Jews return to Babylon

Approx. 541 BCE

First Jews return from Babylon in small numbers to rebuild the city and its walls. Seventy years of exile terminated.

Rome annexes the land of Israel.

63 BCE

Rome establishes direct rule of prefects in Judea.

6 CE

John the Baptist begins his ministry

Approx. 28 CE

Jesus is crucified

Approx. 30 CE

Crisis under Caligula

Approx. 37 CE - Approx. 41 CE

Proposed as the first open break between Rome and the Jews

Virgin Mary appears to St. James

Approx. 44 CE

Saint James the Great: According to ancient local tradition, on 2 January of the year AD 40, the Virgin Mary appeared to James on a pillar on the bank of the Ebro River at Caesaraugusta, while he was preaching the Gospel in Spain. Following that vision, St James returned to Judea, where he was beheaded by King Herod Agrippa I in the year 44 during a Passover

The Church of the East is created by Saint Thomas

47 CE

Saint Apollonius: used the term Catholic in reference to 1 John

Approx. 186 CE

Code of Constantine

315 CE

Code of Constantine limits rights of non-Christians, is Constantine's first anti-Jewish act.

Kingdom of Aksum declares Christianity

325 CE

The Kingdom of Aksum (Modern Ethiopia and Eritrea) declares Christianity as the official state religion, becoming the 2nd country to do so


May 11, 330 CE

Constantinople solemly inaugurated. Constantine moves the capital of the Roman Empire to Byzantium, renaming it

Biblical Canon set

382 CE

Catholic Council of Rome under Pope Damasus I sets the Biblical Canon, listing the inspired books of the Old Testament and the New Testament (disputed)

Byzantine general Belisarius defeats last Arian kingdom; Western Europe completely Catholic

538 CE

Muhammad is born in Mecca

570 CE

He comes from a noble family and is well-known for his honesty and upright character.

Muhammad Acts as Caravan Agent for Wealthy Tradeswoman, Khadija

584 CE

In his early twenties, Muhammad entered the service of a wealthy Meccan merchant, a widow named Khadija bint Khawalayd. The two were distant cousins. Muhammad carried her goods to the north and returned with a profit.

Muhammad's Marriage and Family Life

595 CE - 609 CE

Impressed by Muhammad's honesty and character, Khadija eventually proposed marriage. They were wed in about 595. He was twenty-five. She was nearly forty.

Muhammad continued to manage Khadija's business affairs, and their next years were pleasant and prosperous. Six children were born to them, two sons who both died in infancy, and four daughters. Mecca prospered too, becoming a well–off trading center in the hands of an elite group of clan leaders who were mostly successful traders.

Muhammad is visited by the angel Gabriel

Approx. 610 CE

According to Muslim belief, at the age of 40, Muhammad is visited by the angel Gabriel while on retreat in a cave near Mecca. The angel recites to him the first revelations of the Qur'an and informs him that he is God's prophet. Later, Muhammad is told to call his people to the worship of the one God, but they react with hostility and begin to persecute him and his followers.

Muhammad Receives First Revelation

Mecca's new materialism and its traditional idolatry disturbed Muhammad. He began making long retreats to a mountain cave outside town. There, he fasted and meditated. On one occasion, after a number of indistinct visionary experiences, Muhammad was visited by an overpowering presence and instructed to recite words of such beauty and force that he and others gradually attributed them to God. This experience shook Muhammad to the core. It was several years before he dared to talk about it outside his family.

Muhammad Takes his Message Public

613 CE

After several similar experiences, Muhammad finally began to reveal the messages he was receiving to his tribe. These were gathered verse by verse and later would become the Qur'an, Islam's sacred scripture. In the next decade, Muhammad and his followers were first belittled and ridiculed, then persecuted and physically attacked for departing from traditional Mecca's tribal ways. Muhammad's message was resolutely monotheistic. For several years, the the Quraysh, Mecca's dominant tribe, levied a ban on trade with Muhammad's people, subjecting them to near famine conditions. Toward the end of the decade, Muhammad's wife and uncle both died. Finally, the leaders of Mecca attempted to assassinate Muhammad.

Muhammad flees from Mecca

Approx. 622 CE

After enduring persecution in Mecca, Muhammad and his followers migrate to the nearby town of Yathrib (later to be known as Medina), where the people there accepted Islam. This marks the "hijrah" or "emigration," and the beginning of the Islamic calendar. In Medina, Muhammad establishes an Islamic state based on the laws revealed in the Quran and the inspired guidance coming to him from God. Eventually he begins to invite other tribes and nations to Islam.

Muhammad founds Islam


Mohammed founds Islam after fleeing Mecca

Muhammad's final years

Approx. 630 CE - Approx. 633 CE

Muhammad dies after a prolonged illness. The Muslim community elects his father-in-law and close associate, Abu Bakr, as caliph, or successor.

Muhammad returned to live in Medina. In the next three years, he consolidated most of the Arabian Peninsula under Islam. In March, 632, he returned to Mecca one last time to perform a pilgrimage, and tens of thousands of Muslims joined him.

After the pilgrimage, he returned to Medina. Three months later on June 8, 632 he died there, after a brief illness. He is buried in the mosque in Medina. Within a hundred years Muhammad's teaching and way of life had spread from the remote corners of Arabia as far east as Indo-China and as far west as Morocco, France and Spain.

Muhammad returns to Mecca

Approx. 630 CE

Muhammad returns to Mecca with a large number of his followers. He enters the city peacefully, and eventually all its citizens accept Islam. The prophet clears the idols and images out of the Kaaba and rededicates it to the worship of God alone.

Islam spreads outside Arabia

Approx. 638 CE

Muslims enter the area north of Arabia, known as "Sham," including Syria, Palestine, Lebanon and Iraq.

Muslims rout Byzantine army in Egypt

Approx. 641 CE

Muslims enter Egypt and rout the Byzantine army. Muslims consider their conquest as the liberation of subjugated people, since in most instances they were under oppressive rule.

Islam enters Africa

Approx. 655 CE

Islam begins to spread throughout North Africa.

Iman Ali is killed

Approx. 661 CE

Imam Ali is killed, bringing to an end the rule of the four "righteous caliphs": Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman, and Ali. This also marks the beginning of the Umayyad rule.

Muslims enter Spain & india

Approx. 711 CE

Muslims enter Spain in the west and India in the east. Eventually almost the entire Iberian Peninsula is under Islamic control.

Muslims defeated at Portiers

Approx. 732 CE

Muslims are defeated at Portiers in France by Charles Martel.

Abbasids oust Umayyads

Approx. 750 CE

The Abbasids take over rule from the Umayyads, shifting the seat of power to Baghdad.

Islam spreads in North & Central Africa

Approx. 1000 CE

Islam continues to spread through the continent of Africa, including Nigeria, which served as a trading liaison between the northern and central regions of Africa.

Massacre of Jews

Approx. 1096 CE

Participants in the First Crusade massacre Jews in several Central European cities, beginning centuries of pogroms linked to the Crusades. More than 5,000 Jews were murdered in Germany in several different attacks. Count Emico of Leiningen, on his way to join a Crusade, attacked the synagogue at Speyers and killed all the defenders. 1,200 Jews commit suicide in Mayence to escape Count Emico, who tried to forcibly convert them.

Crusaders take Jerusalem

Approx. 1099 CE

Many Muslims sought shelter in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Dome of the Rock, and the Temple Mount area generally. According to the Gesta Francorum, speaking only of the Temple Mount area, "...[our men] were killing and slaying even to the Temple of Solomon, where the slaughter was so great that our men waded in blood up to their ankles..." According to Raymond of Aguilers, also writing solely of the Temple Mount area, " in the Temple and porch of Solomon men rode in blood up to their knees and bridle reins." Writing about the Temple Mount area alone Fulcher of Chartres, who was not an eyewitness to the Jerusalem siege because he had stayed with Baldwin in Edessa at the time, says: "In this temple 10,000 were killed. Indeed, if you had been there you would have seen our feet colored to our ankles with the blood of the slain. But what more shall I relate? None of them were left alive; neither women nor children were spared".

The eyewitness Gesta Francorum states that some people were spared. Its anonymous author wrote, "When the pagans had been overcome, our men seized great numbers, both men and women, either killing them or keeping them captive, as they wished." Later the same source writes, "[Our leaders] also ordered all the Saracen dead to be cast outside because of the great stench, since the whole city was filled with their corpses; and so the living Saracens dragged the dead before the exits of the gates and arranged them in heaps, as if they were houses. No one ever saw or heard of such slaughter of pagan people, for funeral pyres were formed from them like pyramids, and no one knows their number except God alone. But Raymond caused the Emir and the others who were with him to be conducted to Ascalon, whole and unhurt."[18]

Another eyewitness source, Raymond of Aguilers, reports that some Muslims survived. After recounting the slaughter on the Temple Mount he reports of some who "took refuge in the Tower of David, and, petitioning Count Raymond for protection, surrendered the Tower into his hands." These Muslims left with the Fatimid governor for Ascalon. A version of this tradition is also known to the later Muslim historian Ibn al-Athir (10, 193–95), who recounts that after the city was taken and pillaged: "A band of Muslims barricaded themselves into the Oratory of David (Mihrab Dawud) and fought on for several days. They were granted their lives in return for surrendering. The Franks honored their word, and the group left by night for Ascalon." One Cairo Geniza letter also refers to some Jewish residents who left with the Fatimid governor.

Tancred claimed the Temple quarter for himself and offered protection to some of the Muslims there, but he was unable to prevent their deaths at the hands of his fellow Crusaders.

Although the Crusaders killed many of the Muslim and Jewish residents, eyewitness accounts (Gesta Francorum, Raymond of Aguilers, and the Cairo Geniza documents) demonstrate that some Muslim and Jewish residents were allowed to live, as long as they left Jerusalem.

Jews had fought side-by-side with Muslim soldiers to defend the city, and as the Crusaders breached the outer walls, the Jews of the city retreated to their synagogue to "prepare for death". According to the Muslim chronicle of Ibn al-Qalanisi, "The Jews assembled in their synagogue, and the Franks burned it over their heads." A contemporary Jewish communication confirms the destruction of the synagogue, though it does not corroborate that any Jews were inside it when it was burned. This letter was discovered among the Cairo Geniza collection in 1975 by historian Shelomo Dov Goitein. Historians believe that it was written just two weeks after the siege, making it "the earliest account on the conquest in any language."Additional documentation from the Cairo Geniza indicates that some Jews held captive by the Crusaders were able to escape when the Ascalon Jewish community paid a ransom.

Crusaders take Jerusalem

Approx. 1099 CE

European Crusaders take Jerusalem from the Muslims. Eventually Muslims defeat the Crusaders and regain control of the holy land.

Jewish immigration to Poland

Approx. 1100 CE

Germans, including German Jews, migrate to Poland. It is seen as “the land of opportunity.”

Jews told to convert

Approx. 1107 CE

Moroccan Almoravid ruler Yoseph Ibn Tashfin orders all Moroccan Jews to convert or leave.

Muslims conquered in Spain

Approx. 1115 CE

After reconquering Toledo, Spain from the Muslims, Alphonso I invited all Jews to return.

Jews from Muslim countries begin to settle in Byzantium.

1120 CE

Islam spreads to Asia

Approx. 1120 CE

Islam continues to spread throughout Asia. Malaysian traders interact with Muslims who teach them about Islam.

Maimonides (Rabbi Moses ben Maimon; Jewish scholar).

Approx. 1135 CE - Approx. 1204 CE

Maimonides was the first person to write a systematic code of all Jewish law, the Mishneh Torah; he produced one of the great philosophic statements of Judaism.

Jews in Baghdad

Approx. 1163 CE

Benjamin of Toledo writes of 40,000 Jews living in Baghdad, complete with 28 synagogues and 10 Torah academies.

The Guide to the Perplexed completed

Approx. 1195 CE

Moses Maimonides completes The Guide to the Perplexed, considered the most important work of medieval Jewish thought.

Pope Innocent III

Approx. 1198 CE - Approx. 1216 CE

Badge of Shame

Approx. 1215 CE

Fourth Lateran Council expands anti-Jewish decrees in Europe, forces Jews to wear the Yellow Patch, the "Badge of Shame.

Beginnings of the Ottoman State

Approx. 1299 CE

The earliest Ottoman state is formed in Anatolia, Turkey.

Ottoman Empire conquers Constantinople

Approx. 1453 CE

Ottomans conquer the Byzantine seat of Constantinople and change its name to Istanbul.