Bible Timeline

"A Chronology of The Bible Events..."

Online Biblical Timeline

Introduction

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

Judah (South)

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

Israel (North)

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



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