All of the Earth
Bereshith (Genesis) 9: 18 And the sons of Noah who went out of the ark were Shem and Ham and Yepheth and Ham was the father of Canaan.
19 These three were the sons of Noah, and all the earth was overspread from them.
In Bereshith (Genesis) there are many references to “all the earth” and in these cases Yahuah is describing the area inhabited by His chosen people who were populating the lands in the Middle East area. (Please read our article Creation for much more information on the subject).
Bereshith 11: 1 And all the earth had one language and one speech.
2 And it came to be, as they set out from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shin’ar, and they dwelt there.
This was the land of Ur where the Tower of Babel was constructed.
Bereshith 41: 56 And the scarcity of food was over all the face of the earth, and Yoseph opened all the storehouses and sold to the Mitsrites (Egyptians). And the scarcity of food was severe in the land of Mitsrayim (Egypt).
57 And all the earth came to Yoseph in Mitsrayim to buy grain, because the scarcity of food was severe in all the earth.
The drought was in Egypt and Canaan areas, not over the whole planet. People were not coming from the other side of the world to buy grain from Yoseph.
1 Melakim (Kings) 10: 23 And sovereign Shelomoh (Solomon) was greater than any of the sovereigns of the earth in riches and wisdom.
24 And all the earth sought the presence of Shelomoh to hear his wisdom, which Elohim had put in his heart.
People came from surrounding countries to hear him after they had heard of him from travellers.
Eliyahu (Elijah) and Naaman
2 Melakim 5: 14 Then he (Naaman) went down and dipped seven times in the Yarden (Jordan), according to the word of the man of Elohim. And his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
15 And he returned to the man of Elohim, he and all his company, and came and stood before him and said, “See, now I know that there is no Elohim in all the earth, except in Yisrael”.
To Naaman “all the earth” would have been the area he knew with its pagan gods who could do nothing to help him.
Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 15: 10 Woe to me, my mother, that you have borne me, a man of strife and a man of contention to all the earth! I have neither lent for interest, nor have men lent to me for interest. All of them are reviling me.
He would have known only his local area and a little beyond that, as people only knew what they could walk over themselves or hearsay from travellers who also had to walk wherever they went or ride camels, horses or donkeys.
Luke 2: 1 And it came to be in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus for all the world to be registered.
2 This took place as a first registration while Quirinius was governing Syria.
3 And all were going to be registered, each one to his own city.
This is an instance of “all the world” as it applied to the Roman Empire when Caesar Augustus ordered everyone in every country under the domination of Rome to be registered.
It is quite obvious from these quotes that “All of the earth” was just the known area around where they lived and worked. They did not travel very far in those days.
Neville and June Shaw