Leslie Watkins

Timeline of the Old Testament

Life of Abraham

2166 BC - 1991 BC

Abraham Enters Canaan

2091 BC

Life of Isaac

2066 BC - 1886 BC

Mount Moriah Sacrifice

Approx. 2056 BC

Sarah Dies

2030 BC

Isaac Marries Rebekah

2026 BC

Life of Jacob

2006 BC - 1859 BC

Joseph sent to Egypt

1898 BC

Israel in Egypt

1876 BC - 1446 BC

Israel made into Slaves

1730 BC

Order to Kill Babies

Approx. 1528 BC

Life of Moses

1526 BC - 1406 BC

Life of Joshua

Approx. 1500 BC - Approx. 1390 BC

The Exodus

1446 BC

Israel Enters Canaan

1406 BC

Othniel Judges Israel

1367 BC - 1327 BC

Ehud Judges Israel

1309 BC - 1229 BC

Shamgar Judges Israel

Approx. 1245 BC - Approx. 1230 BC

Deborah Judges Israel

1209 BC - 1169 BC

Eli Born

1173 BC

Gideon Judges Israel

1162 BC - 1122 BC

Ruth Story

Approx. 1140 BC - Approx. 1125 BC

Abimelech Judges Israel

1122 BC - 1119 BC

Tola and Jair Judge Israel

1119 BC - 1096 BC

Samuel is Born

Approx. 1100 BC

Ibzan, Elon, Abdon Judge Israel

Approx. 1078 BC - Approx. 1050 BC

Jephthah Judges Israel

1078 BC - 1072 BC

Samson Judges Israel

1075 BC - 1050 BC

Samuel Prophecies in Israel

Approx. 1075 BC - Approx. 1015 BC

Reign of Saul

1050 BC - 1010 BC

Ishbosheth Succeeds Saul

1010 BC - 1003 BC

Reign of David

1003 BC - 970 BC

Absalom's Rebellion

Approx. 975 BC

Reign of Solomon

970 BC - 931 BC

Jeroboam Reigns in Israel

931 BC - 910 BC

Rehoboam Reigns in Judah

931 BC - 913 BC

Abijam Reigns in Judah

913 BC - 911 BC

Asa Reigns in Judah

911 BC - 870 BC

Nadab Reigns in Israel

910 BC

Baasha Reigns in Israel

910 BC - 886 BC

Tibni Reigns in Israel

886 BC - 882 BC

Elah Reigns in Israel

886 BC

Zimri Reigns in Israel

886 BC

Omri Reigns in Israel

886 BC - 874 BC

Time of Elijah

879 BC - 853 BC

Ahab Reigns in Israel

874 BC - 853 BC

Jehoshaphat Reigns in Judah

873 BC - 848 BC

Time of Elisha

853 BC - 795 BC

Jehoram Reigns in Judah

853 BC - 841 BC

Ahaziah Reigns in Israel

853 BC - 851 BC

Time of Obadiah

Approx. 852 BC - Approx. 837 BC

Jehoram Reigns in Israel

851 BC - 841 BC

Athaliah Reigns in Judah

841 BC - 835 BC

Jehu Reigns in Israel

841 BC - 814 BC

Ahaziah Reigns in Judah

841 BC

Time of Joel

Approx. 837 BC - Approx. 828 BC

Joash Reigns in Judah

835 BC - 796 BC

Jehoahaz Reigns in Israel

814 BC - 798 BC

Jehoash Reigns in Israel

798 BC - 782 BC

Amaziah Reigns in Judah

796 BC - 767 BC

Jeroboam II Reigns in Israel

793 BC - 753 BC

Uzziah Reigns in Judah

790 BC - 739 BC

Time of Amos

Approx. 767 BC - Approx. 751 BC

Time of Jonah

Approx. 762 BC - Approx. 750 BC

Menahem Reigns in Israel

753 BC - 742 BC

Pekah Reigns in Israel

753 BC - 732 BC

Shallum Reigns in Israel

753 BC

Zachariah Reigns in Israel

753 BC

Jotham Reigns in Judah

750 BC - 731 BC

Time of Hosea

Approx. 745 BC - Approx. 722 BC

Ahaz Reigns in Judah

743 BC - 715 BC

Time of Isaiah

Approx. 742 BC - Approx. 696 BC

Pekahiah Reigns in Israel

742 BC - 740 BC

Time of Micah

Approx. 737 BC - Approx. 701 BC

Hoshea Reigns in Israel

732 BC - 722 BC

Israel Falls to Assyria

732 BC

Hezekiah Reigns in Judah

728 BC - 686 BC

Manasseh Reigns in Judah

697 BC - 642 BC

Time of Nahum

Approx. 643 BC - Approx. 609 BC

Amon Reigns in Judah

642 BC - 641 BC

Josiah Reigns in Judah

641 BC - 609 BC

Time of Zephaniah

Approx. 627 BC - Approx. 604 BC

Time of Jeremiah

627 BC - Approx. 570 BC

Time of Habakkuk

Approx. 618 BC - Approx. 601 BC

Jehoiakim Reigns in Judah

609 BC - 597 BC

Jehoahaz Reigns in Judah

609 BC

Time of Daniel

605 BC - Approx. 537 BC

Time of Ezekiel

597 BC - Approx. 558 BC

Zedekiah Reigns in Judah

597 BC - 586 BC

Jehoiachin Reigns in Judah

597 BC

Time of Zerubbabel

538 BC - 458 BC

Time of Haggai

Approx. 523 BC - Approx. 511 BC

Time of Zechariah

Approx. 523 BC - Approx. 509 BC

Story of Esther

483 BC - 474 BC

Time of Ezra

458 BC - Approx. 444 BC

Time of Nehemiah

445 BC - Approx. 411 BC

Time of Malachi

Approx. 438 BC - Approx. 411 BC

Nehemiah in Babylon

432 BC - 420 BC

Historical Contents Order of Books

Genesis and Job

2166 BC - Approx. 1805 BC

Anytime before Abram would severely ruin the format so I have chosen the birth of Abram as the start of the timeline, rather than the Creation of the World, to align with the Life of Abraham event.

Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy

Approx. 1805 BC - Approx. 1406 BC

Joshua

Approx. 1406 BC - Approx. 1361 BC

Psalms and Proverbs

Approx. 1400 BC - Approx. 400 BC

*The Poetic Books cannot be traced too easily due to the nature of their writings, especially in the configuration of historical contents. Many Psalms give clues to author, time of writing, and historical events taking place at the time, and we know that many were written in the time of or even by King David. Proverbs is noted to have been largely authored or collected by King Solomon; however, sections of the book are unaccounted for in authorship and collection. Given the nature of these books, they have been combined on this timeline and given the earliest and latest thought dates for historical content, spanning across the time of the Old Testament (even thought most would have been written or compiled during the Davidic Dynasty).

Judges and Ruth

Approx. 1361 BC - Approx. 1050 BC

1 Samuel, 2 Samuel

Approx. 1100 BC - Approx. 970 BC

Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon

Approx. 970 BC - Approx. 930 BC

1 Kings, 2 Kings, 1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles

Approx. 970 BC - Approx. 586 BC

The Minor Prophets (Excluding Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi)

Approx. 852 BC - Approx. 601 BC

The Major Prophets

Approx. 742 BC - Approx. 537 BC

Haggai, Zechariah

Approx. 523 BC - Approx. 510 BC

Esther

Approx. 483 BC - Approx. 474 BC

Ezra and Nehemiah

Approx. 458 BC - Approx. 411 BC

Malachi

Approx. 438 BC - Approx. 411 BC