Timeline

Timeline of Old Testament History
Timeline of Old Testament History

Toward the end of last semester’s Old Testament History class, which covered Joshua through 2 Chronicles, I made this timeline as a way to get a quick glimpse of not only the chronological sequence of Israel’s history, but also the spiritual state of the nation and it’s leaders.

While any attempt at this has to be somewhat subjective, there are many explicit statements throughout the Old Testament that provide valuable hints, i.e. “the king did what was required by the Lord, but he did not remove the high places,” or “never before or after was there a king that did more evil in the sight of the Lord and caused Israel to sin against the Lord.”  The timeline is my estimation of the effect of those statements.

Here’s how to read it: the nation in general is represented by the gray line, which varies in width and height above or below the date line.  Along with the nation, Israel’s leaders from Moses to the 400 years of silence are shown as they walk with God and rise above the date line, or walk in the flesh and drop below it.  Generally, it seems that as the leader goes, the nation goes, though there are obvious exceptions as well.

For the full timeline, click on the picture above, or click here.  And be sure to let me know what you think in the comments.

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Jim is a husband, father, and children's book author. He is currently living on an island in Asia Pacific preparing for a church development ministry among an unreached people group.

4 thoughts on “Timeline”

  1. very cool! i just took an old testament class at A&M last semester, and this timeline would have been very helpful!

  2. I appreciate the timeline very much; obviously the result of a great deal of study. But, who is Bigvai (after Malachi/Nehemiah)? By your color code, he is a Jewish leader. Yet, when I search my Bible for him (referenced in Ezra and Nehemiah), he is only listed among the many families.

    1. Thanks John. Bigvai was one I wondered about as well. I did this timeline as part of an assignment that required certain people to be listed, and I think Bigvai was included more as an example of leadership that followed Nehemiah.

      1. Ok, this question has been bugging me just a little bit, so I did some more research. The reason Bigvai was listed as a Jewish leader is that he was mentioned in the extra-Biblical Elephantine Papyri as governor in Jerusalem from 410-408 B.C.

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