Old Testament Timeline

Hebrew People&Events

Creation

Approx. 4000 BC

Flood

Approx. 2300 BC

Abraham

2166 BC - 1991 BC

Isaac

2066 BC - 1886 BC

Jacob (Israel)

2006 BC - 1859 BC

Joseph Arrives in Egypt

Approx. 1898 BC

Joseph's Family Comes to Egypt

1876 BC

Israel Enslaved in Egypt

Approx. 1600 BC - 1446 BC

Moses

1526 BC - 1406 BC

Ten Commandments

1446 BC

Exodus

1446 BC

Wilderness Wandering

1446 BC - 1406 BC

Joshua's Conquest of Canaan

1406 BC - Approx. 1365 BC

Walls of Jericho Fall

1406 BC

Israel Enters the Promised Land

1406 BC

Judges Era (Ruth)

Approx. 1367 BC - Approx. 1072 BC

The Story of Ruth occurred at some point during the Era of the Judges

Saul's Reign

1020 BC - 1010 BC

David's Reign

1010 BC - 961 BC

Solomon's Reign

961 BC - 922 BC

Reheboam's Reign

922 BC - 915 BC

Jeroboam's Reign

922 BC - 901 BC

Kingdom Split

922 BC

Abijah's Reign

915 BC - 913 BC

Asa's Reign

913 BC - 873 BC

Nadab's Reign

901 BC - 900 BC

Baasha's Reign

900 BC - 877 BC

Elah's Reign

877 BC - 876 BC

Omri's Reign

876 BC - 869 BC

Zimri's Reign

876 BC

one month

Jehoshaphat's Reign

873 BC - 849 BC

Ahab's Reign

869 BC - 850 BC

Elijah's Ministry

869 BC - 850 BC

Ahaziah's Reign

850 BC - 849 BC

Jehoram's Reign

849 BC - 842 BC

Jehoram's Reign

849 BC - 843 BC

Elisha's Ministry

849 BC - 842 BC

Athaliah's Reign

842 BC - 837 BC

only queen of Judah

Ahaziah's Reign

842 BC

Jehu

842 BC - 815 BC

Joash's Reign

837 BC - 800 BC

Jehoahaz's Reign

815 BC - 802 BC

Jehoash's Reign

802 BC - 786 BC

Amaziah's Reign

800 BC - 783 BC

Jeroboam II Reign

786 BC - 746 BC

Uzziah's Reign

783 BC - 742 BC

Zechariah's Reign

746 BC - 745 BC

6 months

Shallum's Reign

745 BC

one month

Mehahem's Reign

745 BC - 737 BC

Jotham's Reign

742 BC - 735 BC

Pekah's Reign

737 BC - 732 BC

Pekahiah's Reign

737 BC - 736 BC

Ahaz's Reign

735 BC - 715 BC

Hoshea's Reign

732 BC - 724 BC

Israel Conquered

722 BC

conquered by Tiglath-Pileser III

Exile of Northen Kingdom Israel

722 BC - 538 BC

Hezekiah's Reign

715 BC - 687 BC

Manasseh's Reign

686 BC - 642 BC

Amon's Reign

642 BC - 640 BC

Josiah's Reign

640 BC - 609 BC

Jehoahaz's Reign

609 BC

3 months

Jehoiakim's Reign

609 BC - 598 BC

Jehoiachin's Reign

598 BC

Zedekiah's Reign

597 BC - 587 BC

Judah Conquered by Babylon

586 BC

Babylonian Exile of Judah

586 BC - 538 BC

Cyrus of Persia Decrees Release from Exile

538 BC

Temple Foundation laid

536 BC

Nehemiah Rebuilds the Walls

445 BC

2nd Return from Exile

438 BC

Pentateuch&Historical Books

Book of Genesis

4000 BC - 1550 BC

Author: Moses
written 1440 BC

Book of Exodus

Approx. 1550 BC - Approx. 1400 BC

Author: Moses
written 1400 BC

Book of Numbers

Approx. 1500 BC - Approx. 1400 BC

Author: Moses
written 1400 BC

Book of Leviticus

Approx. 1500 BC - Approx. 1400 BC

Author: Moses
written 1400 BC

Book of Deuteronomy

Approx. 1500 BC - Approx. 1400 BC

Author: Moses
written 1400 BC

Joshua

1400 BC - 1380 BC

Author: Unknown
written 1400-1375 BC

Judges

1380 BC - 1050 BC

Author: Unknown
Written around 1050-1000 BC

Ruth

1200 BC - 1150 BC

Author: Unknown (traditionally Samuel)
Written between 1050-500 BC

1 Samuel

1100 BC - 1010 BC

Author: Unknown
written 931-722 BC

1 Chronicles

1010 BC - 971 BC

Author: Likely to be Ezra
written 425-400 BC

2 Samuel

1010 BC - 971 BC

Possible Author: Abiathar the Priest
written 931-722 BC

2 Chronicles

971 BC - 539 BC

Author: Likely to be Ezra
written 425-400 BC

1 Kings

971 BC - 853 BC

Author: Unknown (possibly Jeremiah)
written 560-538 BC

2 Kings

853 BC - 560 BC

Author: Unknown (possibly Jeremiah)
written 560-538 BC

Ezra

539 BC - 450 BC

Author: Most likely Ezra
written 538-457 BC

Esther

483 BC - 474 BC

Author: Unknown
written slightly before 465 BC

Nehemiah

445 BC - 410 BC

Author: Nehemiah
written 423 BC

Poetic Books

Job

Approx. 2000 BC - Approx. 1800 BC

The events in Job occurred sometime during the Patriarchal years of Israel's history.
Author: Unknown

Psalms of King David

Approx. 1000 BC - Approx. 960 BC

Song of Solomon

970 BC - 930 BC

Author: most likely Solomon
written: during his reign

Proverbs

970 BC - 930 BC

Author: Solomon
written during his reign

Ecclesiastes

Approx. 931 BC

written: at the time of Solomon's death/old age
Author: Solomon

Other Psalms

Approx. 715 BC - Approx. 686 BC

written during reign of Hezekiah

Other Psalms

Approx. 458 BC - Approx. 440 BC

written during Ezra/Nehemiah's leadership

Prophetic Books/Prophets

Joel

835 BC - 805 BC

Author: Joel
written at the time it occurred

Jonah

793 BC - 753 BC

Author: Jonah or possible narrator

Hosea

Approx. 750 BC - Approx. 715 BC

Author: Hosea
written: 750 BC

Amos

Approx. 750 BC

Author: Amos
written: 760-750 BC

Isaiah

742 BC - 692 BC

Author: Isaiah
written: 700-690 BC

Micah

704 BC - 696 BC

Author: MIcah

Zephaniah

640 BC - 609 BC

Author: Zephaniah
written: ~630 BC

Jeremiah

626 BC - 586 BC

Author: Jeremiah
written at this time

Nahum

Approx. 620 BC

Author: Nahum
written shortly before 612 BC

Habakkuk

605 BC

Author: Habakkuk
written: ~600 BC

Obadiah

605 BC - 586 BC

Author: Obadiah
written: 586 BC (just after)

Lamentations

Approx. 587 BC

Author: Likely Jeremiah
written: 587 BC

Ezekiel

Approx. 587 BC

Author: Ezekiel
written: 593-573 BC

Daniel

Approx. 571 BC

Author: Daniel
Written: late 6th century

Zechariah

520 BC - 515 BC

Author: Zechariah
written: 520-475 BC

Haggai

520 BC - 515 BC

Author: Haggai
written: 520 BC

Malachi

Approx. 430 BC

Author: Malachi
written: 450 BC