Promised Land

The Promised Land Series covers the books in the Bible from Exodus to Judges. These books describe events from the birth of Moses to the end of the era of the judges of Israel.

In Genesis, God promised Abraham that his descendants would inherit the land of Canaan, so Canaan became known as The Promised Land. Modern Israel and Palestine encompass the majority of Canaan.

Abraham’s grandson was Jacob, whose name was changed to “Israel” by God. His descendants became known as the Hebrews or Israelites. During the later life of Jacob, the Hebrews moved to Egypt during a famine. The book of Exodus opens about four centuries later with the Hebrews still in Egypt, having become slaves of the Pharaoh.

The book of Exodus is primarily about Moses leading the Hebrews out of Egypt and into the wilderness, their covenant with God, and the construction of the Tabernacle.

Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy tell of the Hebrews wandering in the wilderness, the laws given to the Hebrews by God, and their adventures on the way to the Promised Land. These books end with the Israelites poised to enter the Promised Land, and the death of Moses.



The book of Deuteronomy can be split into four sections. The first three are speeches given by Moses on the Plain of Moab shortly before the Israelites enter the Promised Land, while the fourth recounts matters having to do with Moses.

As you read this book, you almost get the feeling that Moses is a crotchety old man who slants the facts just a little. Perhaps he is out of sorts because he knows his life is at an end and that even after all his hard work, he will not get to enter Canaan.

The first speech by Moses is a review of the rebellion of the Israelites and their resulting forty years of wandering in the wilderness. It summarizes the Israelites’ history until they reach the Plain of Moab. It ends with encouragement by Moses for the Israelites to follow the law.

Primary Scriptures:
Story Summary:
Moses reviews the exodus and laws; prepares Israelites to enter Canaan
Plain of Moab
c. 1526 BC Birth of Moses c. 1446 BC The plagues and exodus c. 1445 BC. The Ten Commandments c. 1406 BC The Israelites enter Canaan