An approximate Time Line of the Bible
The Old Testament
4004 BC God created the heaven and the earth
(Gen. 1). Adam and Eve was created (Gen. 2-3).
3900 BC Enoch is born, Cain's first son.
Seth is born to Adam and Eve. Irad, Cain's first grandchild,
is born (Gen. 4).
3400 BC Enoch, the great, great, great, grandchild
of Seth, is born. At this same general time period, Methuselah
was born (Gen. 5)
3000 BC Noah is born (ca. 2948 B.C., Gen.
2500 BC Noah's sons are both, Shem, Ham,
and Jepheth (Gen. 6: 9). It was about this time that Noah
was commissioned to build the Ark (Gen. 6).
2350 BC The flood waters cover the entire
earth (Gen. 7).
2300 BC The Tower of Babel and its destruction
(Gen. 11). The confusion of tongues and the scattering of
2000 BC The death of Noah (ca. 1998 B. C.,
Gen. 9: 28, 29).
1920 BC The call of Abram occurs at about
this time (Gen. 12: 1). Abram and Lot depart Haran, as God
instructed. God promised to make a great nation (Gen. 12).
A son is promised to Abram (Gen. 15).
1890 BC The destruction of Sodom, Gomorrah
and the cities of the plain (Gen. 19). The birth of Isaac,
Abram's promised son (Gen. 19, 21: 3).
1872 BC Abraham is put to a test regarding
Isaac (Gen. 22).
1730 BC Joseph is sold to the Midianites
and his consequent experiences that result in him becoming
a ruler in Egypt (Gen. 37 - 47).
1680 BC The Book of Genesis comes to a close,
having covered approximately 2300 years of history.
1571 BC Moses is born . Moses is adopted
into the Egyptian royal court.
1491 BC The call of Moses and his commission
(the burning bush experience, Ex. 2). The ten plagues (Ex.
7 - 12). Israel is liberated from Egyptian bondage (Ex. 12
ff.). The giving of the Ten Commandment Law (Ex. 20, some
provide the date of 1445 for the giving of the law). Hence,
after about 2, 500 years the system of Patriarchy comes to
1451 BC The death of Moses (Deut. 34). Joshua
is appointed as Moses' successor (Josh. 1).
1425 BC The Abrahamic land promise is realized
(Gen. 12; Josh. 24).
1400 BC The beginning of the judges and their
governing of Israel, covering about 305 years (ca. 1095 B.
C., see Judges 1 - I Samuel 8).
1095 BC The appointment of Saul to be King
of Israel (I Sam. 10, some have 1050 as the date).
1063 BC David defeats Goliath (I Sam. 17).
1055 BC David is appointed King (2 Sam. 2,
some have 1010 B. C.).
1015 BC Solomon, David's son, is appointed
King (I Kgs. 1, 2, some believe 970 is the more likely time
for the appointment of Solomon).
992 BC The Queen of Sheba visits Solomon
(I Kgs. 10).
975 BC Solomon's death and Rehoboam succeeds
Solomon to the throne (I Kgs. 12, some have 931 as the date).
The Kingdom is divided. When Solomon died, the fight for his
throne results in the twelve tribes of Israel dividing, creating
the Great Schism. The two southern tribes, Benjamine and Judah,
maintaining Jerusalem as their capital, become "The Kingdom
of Judah" under the reign of Rehoboam. He reigns 17 years.
The ten northern tribes of Israel revolt, becoming "The Kingdom
of Israel" under the rulership of Jeroboam. He reigns 21 years.
Israel's continues, with 19 Kings from the reign of Solomon,
for 254 years. Israel makes Samaria its capitol.
735 BC The Assyrians capture Samaria and
take Israel captive (cp. 2 Chroni. 33, end of the Kingdom
606 BC Jerusalem is captured by Babylon (cp.
2 Chroni. 36).
520 BC Rebuild the house of God (see Haggai).
536 BC First group returns from captivity
(see Ezra 2).
458 BC The second group returns from bondage
444 BC The walls of Jerusalem are rebuilt
under the leadership of Nehemiah (Nehe. 1-7).
398 BC The completion of the 39 books that
constitute the "Old Testament" see Malachi). This date began
the "400 years of silence" between Malachi and Matthew (New
New Testament Time Line
(Most dates are approximate, the below time table is primarily based on Jesus being born in 2 BC.)
1.5 BC John the Baptist is born.
2 BC Jesus Christ is born.
4 BC Herod dies and is succeeded by Archelaus.
6 AD Annas becomes High Priest. Archelaus
is deposed by Augustus and replaced by Herod Antipas.
7 AD A young Jesus astounds the priests in
the Temple with his wisdom (Lk. 2).
14 AD Augustus dies and is succeeded by Tiberius
15 AD Annas is removed as High Priest and
son-in-law Caiaphas eventually succeeds him.
26 AD Pontius Pilate becomes Procurator of
Judea until 36 AD.
27 AD John the Baptist began is ministry
(Lk. 3: 1, 2). Jesus is baptized by John and also begins his
ministry (Mk. 1: 4-11).
33 AD Jesus is crucified and resurrected
from the dead.
35 AD Gamaliel encourages tolerance of the
Christians in his famous speech (Acts 5: 33-42).
36 AD Steven becomes the first martyr. It
appears that about this same year, Paul is mentioned as persecuting
Christians and later becoming a Christian himself (Acts 7,
40 AD The Gentiles are officially received
as exemplified in the case of Cornelius and his household
(Acts 10). Caligula is assassinated and Claudius becomes emperor
of Rome until 54 AD.
43 AD Paul and Barnabas preach the gospel
in Antioch (Acts 11: 20-26).
44 AD Paul and Barnabas take contributions
to Jerusalem from Antioch (Acts 11: 27-30). James, the brother
of John, is put to death by Herod Agrippa I (Acts 12: 1-3).
46 AD Paul goes on his first preaching trip
(Acts 13, 14, the first trip was probably 46-49 or part of
49 AD Paul and Barnabas return to Antioch
after their first preaching trip (Acts 14).
50 AD The famous Jerusalem meeting in which
the issue of the Christians of Jewish descent binding the
Law of Moses on Christians of Gentile ancestry was discussed
and debated (Acts 15).
51 AD Paul and Barnabas separate over John
Mark (Acts 15: 36). Paul and Silas went on Paul's second organized
preaching trip (Acts 15: 36 - 18: 23, about three years, 54
52 AD Some place the writing of Galatians
and perhaps the Epistle of James at 52 AD.
54 AD Paul returns to Antioch of Syria, ending
his second preaching trip (Acts 18: 22). There is great likelihood
that the event mentioned in Galatians 2: 11-14 occurred at
this time. It is believed to have also been 54 AD that Paul
went on his third trip in preaching the gospel (Acts 18: 23).
56 AD It was during 55, 56 AD that Paul appears
to have written I and 2 Corinthians.
58 AD Paul begins his return trip to Jerusalem
(Acts 20: 3).
59 AD Paul is arrested and imprisoned in
Caesarea for two years (Acts 22-24).
60 AD Some believe Mark and Matthew were
written in 60 AD.
62 AD After two years, it is believed that
Nero found Paul innocent of wrongdoing and Paul is set free
(Acts 28). It was during this confinement in Rome that Paul
wrote his prison epistles (Ephesians, Colossians, etc.). Acts
would then cover a span of about 30 years and is a valuable
source of information relative to inception, growth, and problems
experienced by the early church.
64 AD Rome burns and Nero blames the Christians.
As a result severe persecution against Christians is experienced.
66 AD Some list 66 AD as the time of Paul's
second imprisonment. Paul apparently is put to death at this
time (cp. 2 Tim. 4: 6-8).
70 AD The Temple at Jerusalem is destroyed
as prophesied by Jesus (Matt. 24).
81 AD Domitian is appointed emperor and eventually
begins severe persecution of Christians.
85 AD The writing of Second and Third John.
96 AD John is on the Island of Patmos to
receive visions that constitute the Book of Revelation. John
is believed to have died in Ephesus in 100 AD. With the death
of the apostles, the age of inspiration came to a close (see