World Religions Significant Events Timeline

Judaism

Abraham moves to Canaan

Approx. 1850 BCE

Moses Leads the Exodus Delivers Torah

1260 BCE

David Takes Jerusalem makes it his capital

1000 BCE

Northern Kingdom separates

921 BCE

Assyrians conquer Northern Kingdom

722 BCE

Babylonians conquer Jerusalem, destroy First Temple

586 BCE

Persians conquer Babylon and free Hebrews

539 BCE

Rededication of the Second Temple

515 BCE

Alexander the Great/Beginning of Hellenization

333 BCE

Septuagint: Torah Translated from Hebrew to Greek

200 BCE

Romans destroy Second Temple

70 CE

Mishnah Compiled

200 CE

Jerusalem Talmud Compiled

400 CE

Babylonian Talmud Compiled

500 CE

Establishment of the State of Israel

1948

Christianity

Life Of Jesus

4 BC - 30 AD

New Testament Gospels Written

50 AD - 80 AD

Paul's Letters

50 AD - 67 AD

Edict of Milan

313 AD

Council of Nicea

325 AD

Life of Augustine of Hippo

354 AD - 430 AD

Council of Chalcedon

October 8, 451 AD - November 1, 451 AD

Life of Thomas Aquinas

1225 AD - 1274 AD

Fall of Constantinople

April 6, 1453 - May 29, 1453

Life of Martin Luther

November 10, 1483 - February 18, 1546

Life of John Calvin

July 10, 1509 - May 27, 1564

Henry VIII takes control over the Church of England

January 24, 1531

Council of Trent

1545 - 1563

First Baptist Church in England

1609

Pilgrims leave for America

August 5, 1620

Second Vatican Council

October 11, 1962 - December 8, 1965

Islam

Life of Muhammad

570 CE - June 8, 632

Marriage of Muhammad to Khadijah

595 CE - 619 CE

Muhammad receives first revelation of the Qur'an

610 CE

The Hijra

622 CE

Mecca Captured

January 11, 630 CE

Reign of Abu Bakar the First Caliph

June 8, 632 - August 22, 634

Reign of Umar the Second Caliph

August 23, 634 - November 3, 644

Reign of Uthman the Third Caliph

November 6, 644 - June 17, 656

Reign of Ali the Fourth Caliph

656 - 661

Umayyad Caliphate

661 - 750

Abbasid Caliphate

750 - 1258

Ottoman Empire

1299 - November 1, 1922

Safavid Empire

1501 - 1736

Hinduism

Indus Valley Period

3300 BCE - 1700 BCE

Shaivism

2500 BCE - 2000 BCE

Vedic Age

1500 BCE - 500 BCE

Composition of the Ramayana

500 BCE

Composition of the Mahabharata

400 BCE

Brahminical Revival

400 CE

Tantrism Spreads

500 CE

Vaishnavism spreads

700 CE - 1000 CE

Life of Shankara

788 AD - 820 AD

Delhi Sultanate

1206 - 1526

Portuguese in India

May 20, 1498

Mughal Empire

1526 - 1857

British East india Co. Founded

December 31, 1600

Life of Mohandas Gandhi

October 2, 1869 - January 30, 1948

Arya Samaj Founded

April 7, 1875

Theosophical Society Founded

November 17, 1875

Partition of India

1947 - 1957

Buddhism

Life of Buddha

563 BCE - 483 BCE

Recent Life of Buddha

483 BCE - 404 BCE

First Buddhist Council

404 BCE

Alexander the Great crosses the Indus

327 BC

Buddhism brought to Sri Lanka

300 BCE

Reign of Ashoka

268 BCE - 232 BCE

Pali Cannon written down

29 BCE

Buddhism in China

68 CE

Life of Nagarjuna

150 CE - 250 CE

Buddhism reaches Tibet

200 CE

Yogachara School Origins

400 CE

Lotus Sutra

500 CE

Buddhism arrives in Japan

525 AD

Life of Nichiren

February 16, 1222 - October 13, 1282

Marco Polo in China

1275 CE - 1292 CE

Chinese Invasion of Tibet

October 6, 1950 - October 19, 1950

The 14th Dali Lama wins the Nobel Peace Prize

1989

Jainism

Life of Mahavria

599 BC - 527 BC

Daoism

Life of Laozi

601 BC - 531 BC

Confucianism

Life Of Confucius

September 28, 551 BC - 479 BC

Sikhism

Life of Guru Nanak

April 15, 1469 - September 22, 1539

Paganism

Life or Alexander the Great

356 BC - 323 BC