We begin counting the Jewish Year One from the creation of Adam who is seen as the physical and spiritual pinnacle in terms of the creation of the world.
As the Book of Genesis relates it, Adam was created on the sixth day in the process of creation, more than 5760 years ago.
Since God is the cosmic scriptwriter, director and producer, the events of human history are not random. This means we're headed for a specific destination; there is a finish line.
Before we begin to look at Jewish history we should first step back and get a sense of big picture-the basic outline of both the plot and the timeframe for history.
That relationship was totally lost so God decided to "clean out" the world, sparing only Noah (who, alone, maintained a relationship with God).