OT Survey

Events

ISRAEL'S EXODUS FROM EGYPT

Approx. 1450 BC

LEVITICUS WRITTEN

Approx. 1445 BC

GENESIS WRITTEN

Approx. 1440 BC

ISRAEL ARRIVES ON THE PLAINS OF MOAB

Approx. 1440 BC

MOSES LIKELY PENNED DEUTERONOMY HERE.

MOSES' DEATH

Approx. 1400 BC

EXODUS WRITTEN

Approx. 1400 BC

DEUTERONOMY WRITTEN

Approx. 1400 BC

CONQUEST OF CANAAN (JOSHUA)

Approx. 1400 BC

JOSHUA WRITTEN

Approx. 1375 BC

RUTH WRITTEN

Approx. 1050 BC

JUDGES WRITTEN

Approx. 1050 BC - Approx. 1000 BC

THE UNITED MONARCHY (SAUL, DAVID, SOLOMON)

Approx. 1000 BC

PSALMS WRITTEN

1000 BC - 300 BC

SOLOMON BECOMES KING

971 BC

SONG OF SOLOMON WRITTEN

970 BC - 930 BC

SOLOMON BEGINS CONSTRUCTION OF THE TEMPLE

Approx. 960 BC

JOB WRITTEN

Approx. 950 BC

AUTHORSHIP DATE IS UNCERTAIN, ORIGINATING AS EARLY AS 15TH CENTURY AND AS LATE AS 2ND CENTURY, MOST CONSERVATIVE SCHOLARS ASSIGN IT TO THE SOLOMONIC ERA OF THE MID-TENTH CENTURY.

PROVERBS WRITTEN

950 BC

ADDITIONAL ITEMS ADDED APP. 720 BC DURING KING HEZEKIAH'S REIGN.

ISRAEL AND JUDAH DIVIDE INTO TWO NATIONS

931 BC

1 AND 2 SAMUEL WRITTEN

931 BC - 722 BC

ECCLESIASTES WRITTEN

931 BC

SOME BELIEVE THE BOOK ORIGINATED IN EZRA'S TIME (APP. 450 BC).

JOEL WRITTEN

835 BC - 805 BC

JOEL'S PROPHETIC MINISTRY

835 BC - 805 BC

JONAH'S MINISTRY

793 BC - 753 BC

AMOS WRITTEN

760 BC - 750 BC

AMOS' PROPHETIC MINISTRY

760 BC - 750 BC

JONAH WRITTEN

Approx. 760 BC

IF JONAH WAS NOT THE AUTHOR, WHICH IS UNCERTAIN, SCHOLARS HOLD TO A LATER DATE, SOMETIME AFTER NINEVEH'S DESTRUCTION IN 612 BC.

HOSEA'S PROPHETIC MINISTRY

755 BC - 715 BC

HOSEA WRITTEN

Approx. 750 BC

ISAIAH'S PROPHETIC MINISTRY

Approx. 750 BC - Approx. 675 BC

KING UZZIAH DIES

Approx. 740 BC

FALL OF SAMARIA

722 BC

MICAH'S MINISTRY

704 BC - 696 BC

MICAH WRITTEN

704 BC - 696 BC

ISAIAH WRITTEN

700 BC - 690 BC

THOUGH EXACT AUTHORSHIP IS UNKNOWN, MOST SCHOLARS PLACE THE WRITING OF ISAIAH DURING THESE LATTER YEARS OF HIS MINISTRY.

SENNACHERIB DIES

Approx. 680 BC

ASSYRIAN KING

ZEPHANIAH'S MINISTRY

Approx. 640 BC - 609 BC

ZEPHANIAH WRITTEN

630 BC - 627 BC

JEREMIAH WRITTEN

626 BC - 586 BC

JEREMIAH'S PROPHETIC MINISTRY TO JUDAH

626 BC - 586 BC

NAHUM'S MINISTRY

Approx. 612 BC

PROPHESY GIVEN SHORTLY BEFORE NINEVEH'S FALL IN 612 BC.

NAHUM WRITTEN

Approx. 612 BC

HABAKKUK'S MINISTRY

612 BC - 586 BC

HABAKKUK WRITTEN

612 BC - 586 BC

NINEVEH FALLS

612 BC

KING JOSIAH KILLED

609 BC

DANIEL'S MINISTRY

605 BC - Approx. 545 BC

DANIEL DEPORTED TO BABYLON

605 BC

KING JEHOIACHIN IMPRISONED IN BABYLON

597 BC - 560 BC

2 KINGS 24:8-17

EZEKIEL WRITTEN

593 BC - 573 BC

EZEKIEL'S PROPHETIC MINISTRY IN BABYLON

593 BC - 571 BC

EZEKIEL CALLED TO PROPHETIC MINISTRY

593 BC

LAMENTATIONS WRITTEN

587 BC

JERUSALEM FALLS TO BABYLON

586 BC

OBADIAH WRITTEN

Approx. 586 BC

OR SHORTLY AFTER THIS DATE, THE YEAR WHICH JERUSALEM FELL TO BABYLON.

1 AND 2 KINGS WRITTEN

Approx. 560 BC - Approx. 538 BC

KING CYRUS OF PERSIA ALLOWS JEWS TO RETURN TO JUDAH

538 BC

BABYLON FALLS TO PERSIA

538 BC

ISRAEL'S EXILE ENDS

Approx. 538 BC

FIRST GROUP OF EXILES RETURNS TO JERUSALEM

538 BC

UNDER ZERUBBABEL'S LEADERSHIP

JEWISH EXILES TO BABYLON RETURN TO REBULD THE TEMPLE

536 BC

KING DARIUS' RULE OF THE PERSIAN EMPIRE

522 BC - 486 BC

ZECHARIAH WRITTEN

520 BC - 475 BC

HAGGAI WRITTEN

520 BC

ZECHARIAH'S MINISTRY

520 BC - 475 BC

HAGGAI'S MINISTRY

520 BC

NEW TEMPLE COMPLETED AND DEDICATED

515 BC

REBUILT TEMPLE DEDICATED

515 BC

KING XERXES I RULES IN PERSIA

485 BC - 465 BC

ESTHER WRITTEN

Approx. 465 BC

SECOND GROUP OF EXILES RETURNS TO JERUSALEM

458 BC

UNDER EZRA'S LEADERSHIP

EZRA WRITTEN

Approx. 457 BC

MALACHI WRITTEN

Approx. 450 BC

MALAHI'S MINISTRY

Approx. 450 BC

1 AND 2 CHRONICLES WRITTEN

Approx. 425 BC - Approx. 400 BC

NEHEMIAH WRITTEN

Approx. 423 BC