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Bible Timelines

Because the books of the Bible are arranged in sections according to the style of literature (law, history, wisdom, etc.), it can sometimes be confusing to fit the Bible events into chronological (time) order. The following table gives the books in rough chronological order. The other charts show some important Bible events along timelines (PDF 353Kb).

Early history

Genesis, Job

(before 1500 B.C.)

Israel from Egypt to the promised land

Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua

(1500 – 1400 B.C.)

The time of the Judges to King David

Judges, Ruth, 1&2 Samuel, 1 Chronicles, Psalms

(1400 – 1000 B.C.)

King Solomon and the divided kingdom

1 Kings, 2 Chronicles, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, 2 Kings, Joel, Jonah, Amos, Hosea, Isaiah, Micah,
Nahum, Zephaniah

(1000 – 605 B.C.)

The captivity in Babylon

Habakkuk, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Obadiah, Daniel, Ezekiel

(605 – 540 B.C.)

The return to Jerusalem

Ezra, Haggai, Zechariah, Esther, Nehemiah, Malachi

(540 – 430 B.C.)

The life of Jesus

Matthew, Mark, Luke, John

(6 B.C. – A.D. 30)

The early church

Acts, Romans, 1&2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1&2 Thessalonians, 1&2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1&2 Peter, 1,2&3 John, Jude, Revelation

(A.D. 30 – 95)

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