The Old Testament begins with the creation of Adam and Eve around 4000 B.C. and ends when Nehemiah rebuilds the wall in Jerusalem in 444 B.C. Significant figures in the Old Testament include Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, and Moses.
After the creation of man, the next significant event in the Old Testament is the flood. Noah, an ancient patriarch who the Bible states is the ancestor of all people, survived the flood by building an ark, while everyone else ignored his warnings and drowned.
Abraham was born around 2000 B.C., and his descendant Jacob was born around 1900 B.C. Jacob is known as the father of the 12 tribes of Israel because his twin brother Esau sold him his birthright. Jacob's son Joseph is best known for being sold into slavery in Egypt and having a coat of many colors.
Moses is another significant character in the Old Testament. Born around 1450 B.C., his mother hid him in the bulrushes in the Nile River. Pharaoh's daughter found him there and raised him as her own child. Moses then liberated the Hebrews from the Egyptians and led them into the wilderness where they wandered for 40 years before settling in Israel.