This bible timeline lists the outstanding events of the Bible in chronological order.
Having an idea of biblical chronology (the dates of various biblical events) is an excellent way to enhance your corporate or personal Bible study or devotion. A biblical timeline allows you to put a little historical context to what you are reading.
This free bible timeline can also be used with our Chronological Bible Reading Plan , which takes you through the Bible in one year in the order of when the narratives in each book took place.
A Word About A Biblical Timeline
This chronology of the Bible represents the best estimates in conservative scholarship for the events of biblical history.
Even so, there is no universal agreement on the dating of certain biblical events. Thus, you may find differing chronologies when consulting other bible timelines within various biblical / theological resources.
In addition, there is a debate on the dating of the creation account, even within evangelical circles.
We do not wish to engender polemic on this issue, thus we will simply assign a date of pre-2,000 B.C. for all of the events in Genesis 1-11.
You are free to modify this portion of the bible timeline in a way that best fits your theological tradition.
NOTE: ~ Indicates approximate dates.
THE BIBLE TIMELINE - OLD TESTAMENT
Pre-history: < 2,000 B.C.
<2,000 B.C. - Events of Genesis 1-11
The Patriarchs: 2,000 - 1,750 B.C.
~ 2,000s - Abraham's life and covenant with God
~ 1,900s - Isaac's life
~ 1,800s − Jacob's life
~ 1,750 − Joseph's life and God’s people move to Egypt
Israel's Exodus and The Conquest of the Promised Land: 1,440 - 1,375 B.C.
~ 1,440 − Moses and the Exodus from Egypt
- 1,400-1,375 − Israel conquers the Promised Land
Israel in Canaan: 1375 - 430 B.C.
- 1,380−1,050 - Israel establishes judges to rule over them
- 1,150 − Birth of Samuel
Israel’s United Monarchy: 1,050 - 931 B.C.
- 1,050-1,101 - Saul reigns as Israel’s first king
- 1,010-971 - David reigns as Israel’s first shepherd-king
- 971-931 - Solomon reigns as Israel’s third king
- 960 - Solomon builds the Temple in Jerusalem
- 931 - Israelite Monarchy Splits into Southern and Northern Kingdoms
Divided Monarchy: 931 - 587 B.C.
Kings of Judah (Southern Kingdom) and Israel (Northern Kingdom) (P) Indicates prophet
930-913 - Reheboam
913-910 - Abijah
910-869 - Asa
872-848 - Jehosaphat
848-841 - Jehoram
841 - Ahaziah
841-835 - Athaliah
835-796 - Joash
810-750 - Joel (P)
796-767 - Amaziah
792-740 - Azariah
750-735 - Jotham
742-687 - Micah (P)
740-700 - Isaiah (P)
735-715 - Ahaz
715-686 - Hezekiah
930-909 - Jeroboam I
909-908 - Nadab
909-886 - Baasha
886-885 - Elah
885 - Zimri
885-880 - Tibni
885-874 - Omri
875-853 - Ahab
Elijah preaches during this time period
853-852 - Ahaziah
852-841 - Joram
841-814 - Jehu
814-798 - Jehoahaz
798-782 - Jehoash
793-753 - Jeroboam II
760 - Amos (P)
760 - Jonah (P)
755-722 - Hosea (P)
753 - Zechariah
752 - Shallum
752-742 - Menahem
742-740 - Pekahiah
752-732 - Pekah
732-722 - Hoshea
- 722 - Assyria takes Israel (North) into exile
Only Judah (South) remains: 722-587 B.C.
- 697-642 - Manasseh
~ 664-612 - Nahum (P)
~ 640 - Zephaniah (P)
- 642-640 - Amon
- 640-609 - Josiah
~ 621-580 - Jeremiah (P)
- 609 - Jehoahaz
- 609-598 - Jehoiakim
- 605 - Daniel and his friends are taken to Babylon
- 605 - Habbakuk (P)
- 598 - 597 - Jehoiachin
- 597-587 - Zedekiah
- 597 - Ezekiel (P)
- 587 - Fall of Jerusalem; Final exile of Judah by Babylon
- 587 - Obadiah
Return from Exile: 538-430 B.C.
- 538 - Zerrubbabel returns with first group of exiles to Jerusalem to rebuild temple
- 525 - Haggai (P)
- 520 - Zechariah (P)
- 515 - New temple completed and dedicated
- 450 - Malachi (P)
- 443 - Nehemiah returns to rebuild walls of Jerusalem
INTERTESTAMENTAL PERIOD: 430-6 B.C.
- 332-323 - Alexander the Great ushers in Hellenism
- 320-198 - Egypt rules Palestine
- 198-63 - Syria rules Palestine
BIBLE TIMELINE - NEW TESTAMENT
JESUS CHRIST: 4 B.C. - 33 A.D.
PERIOD OF CHRISTIAN CHURCH: 33-100 A.D.
33-34 - Apostle Paul converts to Christianity
47-48 - Paul's First Missionary Journey (through Galatia)
48 - Paul writes Galatians - First book of the New Testament canon
48-51 - Paul's Second Missionary Journey (through Europe)
51 - Paul writes 1 and 2 Thessalonians from Corinth
53-56 - Paul's Third Missionary Journey with stay in Ephesus
56 - Paul writes 1 Corinthians while in Ephesus and 2 Corinthians and Romans on his return to Jerusalem
57-59 - Paul is imprisoned in Caesarea
60-62 - Paul's arrival in Rome and imprisonment
Paul writes Ephesians, Colossians, Philippians and Philemon while imprisoned in Rome
Gospel of Mark is written
~ 62 - James, Jesus' brother, leader of Jerusalem church is martyred
64-65 - Paul's Death
70 - Destruction of the Jewish Temple by Romans
70-80 - Gospel of Matthew is written
81-96 - Christian persecution under Emperor Domitian
90 - Gospel of John is written
~ 100 - Death of Apostle John