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Outline of Bible History

Event or Period

Approximate Dates

bulletAbraham and the Patriarchs -1750-1700 B.C.E.
bulletMoses and the Exodus-1290-1250 B.C.E.
bulletJoshua and the conquest of Canaan-1210 B.C.E.
bulletThe Judges (tribal Confederacy)-1210-1020 B.C.E.
bulletThe monarchy-1020-587 B.C.E.
bulletThe Prophets-1250-450 B.C.B.
bulletDivision of Israel and Judah--922 B.C.E.
bulletThe Babylonian exile-587-539 B.C.E.
bulletThe Postexilic period-539 B.C.E. -135 C.E.
bulletThe period of Hellenism-323-63 B.C.E.
bulletThe Maccabean period-165-63 B.C.E.
bulletThe Roman period-63 B.C.E.-135 C.E.
bulletThe birth of Jesus-4 B.C.E.
bulletThe founding of Christianity-30 C.E.
bulletPaulís ministry-33-65 C.E.
bulletDevelopment of Christian literature-50-120 C.E.
bulletCompletion of the Bible-After 100 C.E.

 

The Order of the Books of the Hebrew Bible

bulletHebrew Bible
bulletThe Law
bulletGenesis
bulletExodus
bulletLeviticus
bulletDeuteronomy
bulletThe Prophets
bulletThe Former Prophets
bulletJoshua
bulletJudges
bulletSamuel
bulletKings
bulletThe Latter Prophets
bulletIsaiah
bulletJeremiah
bulletEzekial
bullet(The Twelve)
bulletHosea
bulletJoel
bulletAmos
bulletObadiah
bulletJonah
bulletMicah
bulletNahum
bulletHabakkuk
bulletZephaniah
bulletHaggai
bulletZechariah
bulletMalachi
bulletThe Writings
bulletPsalms
bulletProverbs
bulletJob
bulletSong of Songs (Solomon)
bulletRuth
bulletLamentations
bulletEcclesiastes
bulletEsther
bulletDaniel
bulletEzra
bulletNehemiah
bulletChronicles

The Order of the Books of the Hebrew Bible
continued

bulletProtestant Bible
bulletHistory
bulletGenesis
bulletExodus
bulletLeviticus
bulletNumbers
bulletDeuteronomy
bulletJoshua
bulletJudges
bulletRuth
bullet1 Samuel
bullet2 Samuel
bullet1 Kings
bullet2 Kings
bullet1 Chronicles
bulletEzra
bulletNehemiah
bulletEsther
bulletPoetic Books
bulletJob
bulletPsalms
bulletProverbs
bulletEcclesiates
bulletSong of Solomon
bulletMajor Prophets
bulletIsaiah
bulletJeremiah, Lamentations
bulletEzekiel
bulletDaniel
bulletMinor Prophets
bulletHosea
bulletJoel
bulletAmos
bulletObadiah
bulletJonah
bulletMicah
bulletNahum
bulletHabakkuk
bulletZephaniah
bulletHaggai
bulletZechariah
bulletMalachi

The Order of the Books of the Hebrew Bible
continued

bulletJerusalem Bible

(with Apocrypha)

bulletThe Pentateuch
bulletGenesis
bulletExodus
bulletLeviticus
bulletNumbers
bulletDeuteronomy
bulletThe Historical Books
bulletJoshua
bulletJudges
bullet1 Samuel
bullet2 Samuel
bullet1 Kings
bullet2 Kings
bullet1 Chronicles
bullet2 Chronicles
bulletEzra and Nehemiah
bulletTobit
bulletJudith
bulletEsther
bulletThe First Book of Maccabees
bulletThe Second Book of Maccabees
bulletThe Wisdom Books
bulletJob
bulletPsalms
bulletProverbs
bulletEcclesiastes
bulletThe Song of Songs
bulletThe Book of Wisdom
bulletEcclesiasticus
bulletThe Prophets
bulletIsaiah
bulletJeremiah
bulletLamentations
bulletBaruch
bulletEzekiel
bulletDaniel (with additions)
bulletHosea
bulletJoel
bulletAmos
bulletObadiah
bulletJonah
bulletMicah
bulletNahum
bulletHabakkuk
bulletZephaniah
bulletHaggai
bulletZechariah
bulletMalachi

Outline
The Story of Genesis

I. The Two Creation Stories (1:1-2:4, 2:5-25)

II. The Fall (3:1-24)

III. Cain and Abel (4:1-24)

IV. Seth (4:25-26)

V. Adamís Descendants (5:1-32)

VI. The Nephilim (6:1-4)

VII. The Flood (6:5-9:17)

VIII. Noahís Descendants (9:18-32)

IX. The Tower of Babel (11:1-9)

X. Genealogy to Abraham (11:10-32)

 

Outline
The Story of Moses and the Exodus

I. Preparation for the Exodus

A. The Hebrews become slaves (Ex. 1:1-22)

B. The introduction of Moses (2:1-22)

C. The call of Moses (2:23-4:17)

D. Mosesí return to Egypt (4:18-31)

E. The first encounter with Pharaoh (5:1-5)

F. The ten plagues (7:8-10:29, 12:29-34)

G. The institution of the Passover (12:1-28, 43-51)

II. The Exodus

A. The departure from Egypt (Ex 13:17- 14:14)

B. Crossing the Sea of Reeds (14:15-31)

C. The desert experience (15:22-18:27)

III. The Covenant and the Law

A. The arrival at Sinai (Ex 19:1-2)

B. The Covenant promised (19:3-8)

C. The Ten Commandments (20:1-7)

D. The Book of the Covenant (20:22-23:19)

E. The Covenant affirmed (24:1-18)

IV. The First Failure

A. The Golden Calf (Ex 32:1-35)

B. The relation of the Covenant to the Law (34:10-28)

V. The Departure from Sinai

A. Leaving Sinai (Num 10:1-36)

B. Spying out Canaan (13:1-33)

C. Rebellion, and the consequence (14:1-38)

D. The unsanctioned invasion of Canaan (14:39-45)

Outline
The Golden Era of Jewish History

I. Joshua

A. Preparation for conquest (1:1-5:12)

B. Conquest of Jericho (5:13-7:26)

C. Conquest of Ai and other events (8:1- 9:20)

D. North and South subdued (10:1-12:24)

E. Land apportioned and tribes described (13:1-21:45)

F. End of Joshuaís rule (22:1-24:31)

II. Judges

A. Summary of settlement of Canaan (1:1- 2:5)

B. Age of the Judges (2:6-3:6)

C. The individual judges (3:7-16:31)

1. Othniel (3:7-11)

2. Ehud (3:12-30)

3. Shamgar (3:31)

4. Deborah (4:1-5:31)

5. Gideon (6:1-8:35)

6. Abimelechís abortive kingship

(9:1-57)

7. Tola (10:1-2)

8. Jair (10:3-5)

9. Jephthah (10:6-12:7)

10. Ibzan (12:8-10)

11. Elon (12:11-12)

12. Abdon (12:13-15)

13. Samson (13:1-16:31)

D. David and Benjaminite stories (17:1-21:25)

III. 1 Samuel

A. The story of Samuel (1:1-7:17)

B. Samuel and Saul (8:1-15:35)

C. Saul and David (16:1-31:13)

1. David flees (22:1-26:25)

2. David among the Philistines (27:1- 31:13)

IV. 2 Samuel

A. David becomes king of Judah (1:1-2:46)

B. David king of all Israel (5:1-8:18)

C. History of David and his family (9:1- 20:26)

D. Other events (21:1-24:25)

V. 1 Kings

A. Solomon becomes king (1:1-2:46)

B. Solomonís reign (3:1-11:43)

1. The wisdom (3:1-4:1)

2. The builder (5:1-9:25)

3. The trader (9:26-10:29)

4. The kingís decline (11:1-43)

C. The divided kingdom (12:1-22:54)

1. The two kingdoms until Elijah (14:1-16:34)

2. The Elijah cycle (17:1-2 Kings 1:18)

VI. 2 Kings (the divided kingdom continued)

A. Stories about prophets (1:1-13:25)

1. Elisha cycle (2:1-8:29)

2. Anointing of Jehu (9:1-37)

B. Till the fall of the North (14:1-17:41)

C. Till the fall of the South (18:1-25:30)

Major Moments in Jewish History

bulletApproximate Date
bullet1750 B.C.E.-Abraham called to his role
bullet1250 -Exodus led by Moses
bullet1210-Invasion of Canaan led by Joshua
bullet1210-1020-Period of tribal confederacy
bullet1020-Saul becomes first king of Israel
bullet1000-David becomes king
bullet961-Solomon becomes king
bullet922-Israel and Judah divide
bullet721-Israel falls to Assyria
bullet621-Josiahís reform
bullet587-Judah falls to Babylon
bullet539-Jewish exiles return to Jerusalem
bullet520-515-Temple rebuilt
bullet458 or later-Period of Ezra and Nehemiah
bullet332-Alexander the Great conquers Palestine
bullet167-Maccabean War
bullet63-Palestine becomes a Roman protectorate
bullet70 C.E-Temple destroyed
bullet90-Canon of Jewish sculpture established
bullet135-Jews expelled from Palestine

Kings of Israel and Judah

bulletSaul 1020-1000 B.C.E.
bulletDavid 1000-961 B.C.E.
bulletSolomon 961-922 B.C.E.
bulletDivision of Monarchy 922 B.C.E.
bulletIsrael

Ten Tribes Northern Kingdom

c. 922-721 B.C.E. (fell to Assyria)

bulletJeroboam c. 922-901
bulletNadab c. 901-900
bulletBaasha c. 900-877
bulletElah c. 877-876
bulletJudah

Two Tribes Southern Kingdom

c. 922-587 B.C.E. (fell to Babylon)

bulletBehoboam c. 922-915
bulletAbijah (Abijam) c. 915-913
bulletAsa c. 913-873

Kings of Israel and Judah
continued

bulletZimri c. 876 (7 days)

OMRI DYNASTY

bulletOmri c. 876-869
bulletAhab c. 869-850
bulletAhaziah c. 850-849
bulletJehoram c. 849-842

JEHU DYNASTY

bulletJehu c. 842-815
bulletJoahaz c. 815-801
bulletJ(eh)oash c. 801-786
bulletJeroboam II c. 786-764
bulletJehoshaphat c. 873-849
bulletJehoram c. 849-842
bulletAhaziah c. 842
bulletAthaliah= c. 842-837
bulletJoash c. 837-800
bulletAmaziah c. 800-783
bulletUzziah (Azariah) c. 783-742
bulletJotham (regency) c. 750-742, (king) c. 742-735
bulletZechariah (6 mos.) c. 746-745
bulletShallum (1 mo.) c. 745
bulletMenahem c. 745-738
bulletPekahiah c. 738-737
bulletPekah c. 737-732
bulletHosea c. 732-724
bulletIsrael falls 721 B.C.E.
bulletJehoahaz (Ahaz) c. 735-715
bulletHezekiah c. 715-687
bulletManasseh c. 687/6-642
bulletAmon c. 642-640
bulletJosiah c. 640-609
bulletJehoahaz II (Shallum) c. 609 (3 mos.)
bulletJehoiakim (Eliakim) c. 609-598
bulletJehoiachin (Jeconiah) c. 598-597 (3 mos.)
bulletZedekiah (Mattaniah) c. 597-587
bulletJudah falls 587 B.C.E.

The Prophets of the Literary Tradition
Outline
Lukeís View of the Beginnings of Christianity

I. Jesus Ascends to Heaven (Acts 1:6-11)

II. Church Founded at Jerusalem (1:12-4:37)

bulletA. The replacement of Judas (1:15-26)
bulletB. The Spirit of Pentecost (2:1-36)
bulletC. The first converts (2:37-47)
bulletD. Evidence of the Spirit in the Church (3:1-5:42)

Lukeís View of the Beginnings of Christianity
continued

III. The Early Church (6:1-12:25)

bulletA. Diaspora Jews included in Christianity (6:1-7:60)
bulletB. Missions outside Jerusalem (8:4-8:40)
bullet1. Samaritans included (8:4-8)
bullet2. Diaspora Jews included (8:26-40)
bulletC. Conversion of Saul (9:1-30) bulletD. Peterís vision: Gentiles included (10:1- 48) bulletE. The church at Antioch (11:19-30) bulletF. Peterís arrest and deliverance (12:1-35)

Lukeís View of the Beginnings of Christianity
continued

IV. Paul and His Missionary Activity

A. First missionary journey (13:1-14:28)

B. The Jerusalem Council (15:1-35)

C. Second missionary journey (15:36-18:17)

D. Third missionary journey (18:18-20:38)

E. Journey to Jerusalem, arrest, and trial (21:1-26:32)

F. Journey to Rome (27:1-28:31)