Bible Timeline

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. 

Early history

(before 1500 B.C.) Genesis, Job

Israel from Egypt to the promised land

(1500 – 1400 B.C.) Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua

The time of the Judges to King David

(1400 – 1000 B.C.) Judges, Ruth, 1&2 Samuel, 1 Chronicles, Psalms

King Solomon and the divided kingdom

(1000 – 605 B.C.) 1 Kings, 2 Chronicles, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, 2 Kings, Joel, Jonah, Amos, Hosea, Isaiah, Micah, Nahum, Zephaniah

The captivity in Babylon

(605 – 540 B.C.) Habakkuk, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Obadiah, Daniel, Ezekiel

The return to Jerusalem

(540 – 430 B.C.) Ezra, Haggai, Zechariah, Esther, Nehemiah, Malachi

The life of Jesus

(6 B.C. – A.D. 30) Matthew, Mark, Luke, John

The early church

(A.D. 30 – 95) 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