Bible Chronology of the Old Testament

by Matt Slick

The following chronological list is adapted from The Chronological Bible.  Its purpose is to help you develop an overall understanding of the order of the major people and events of the Bible.  The dates are disputed here and there; but generally they can give you a reference in time and order.

The Pre-existent Christ
Satan cast out of heaven
Six days of creation
Garden of Eden
Fall of Adam and Eve
Expulsion from Eden
Cain kills Abel
Noah is born
The Flood
John 1
Gen. 1:1
Isaiah 14:12-17
Gen. 1:3-26
Gen. 2:8-17
Gen. 3:1-7
Gen. 3:21-24
Gen. 4
Gen. 5:28-29
Gen. 7:10-24
From the Creation
to the Flood
The Tower of Babel
Abram (Abraham) is born
Abram becomes Abraham
Birth of Isaac, then Jacob, then Joseph
Gen. 11
Gen. 11:27
Job 1
Genesis 17
Genesis 21-30
The Flood
to the Patriarchs
The 10 plagues against Egypt
The Hebrews are freed then pursued
Crossing the Red Sea
Receiving the 10 Commandments
Israel wanders in the desert for 40 years
Exodus 7-11
Exodus 12
Exodus 13-15
Exodus 20
Numbers 14
The Exodus to
Entering Canaan
1462-1422 B.C.
The conquest and division of Canaan
Israel becomes a world power
Samson is born
Saul becomes first King
Joshua 6-12
1200-750 B.C.
Judges 13
1 Samuel 9
Canaan to the Reign of King Saul
1422-1065 B.C.
David and Goliath
David becomes King
David with Bathsheba
Absalom's rebellion
David prepares temple materials
1 Samuel 17
2 Samuel 5
2 Samuel 11
2 Samuel 15-18
1 Chronicles 22
The Reign of
King David
1025-985 B.C.
Solomon becomes King
Solomon asks God for wisdom
The building of the Temple
Solomon's downfall
1 Kings 1
1 Kings 3
1 Kings 6
1 Kings 11
The Reign of
King Solomon
985-945 B.C.
The nation of Israel divided into two: Israel to the north and Judah to the south. This period was full of kings, who ruled each realm.  Many of the kings were evil.  Other gods were worshiped occasionally.  During this time Elijah has his ministry.  Hosea preached.  Jonah dealt with Nineveh.  Rome was founded. The temple was restored. The Divided Kingdom
(Israel and Judah)
From Solomon
to the Fall of Israel
945-586 B.C.
Both Israel and Judah fall to foreign powers.  Micah prophesies.  Isaiah is martyred.  Jeremiah is born.  Daniel is born.  Zephaniah prophesies.  Ezekiel is born.  Jeremiah preaches. The Fall of Israel
to the Fall of Judah
721-586 B.C.
Ezekiel prophesies as Jerusalem falls
Nebuchadnezzar's image
Daniel's vision of the four beasts
Daniel's vision of the 70 weeks
Fall of Babylon to Persians
Ezekiel 33
Daniel 3
Daniel 7
Daniel 9
Isaiah 13, Jer. 25
Israel is taken
into Captivity
586-516 B.C.
Dedication of the Temple
Deliverance of the Jews
Ezra prepares to return to Jerusalem
Building of the wall of Jerusalem
Malachi's Prophecies
Ezra 6
Esther 8
Ezra 7
Nehemiah 2
The Restoration
from Captivity
516-400 B.C.
Greece is the world power from
Rome is the world power from
God does not speak for about 400 years

331-168 B.C.
168 B.C. - A.D. 476.


Time Between
the Testaments
400 B.C. - A.D. 5.





About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.