This is a timeline for teaching The Bible in/as History and Literature (Old and New Testament [ONT]) at W.H. Ford High School in Quinlan Independent School District in Quinlan, Texas
The major periods of Biblical history as defined by the structure of this class and Halley's Bible Handbook (Zondervan, 1994)
The period from Creation to the Flood
The period from the Flood to Abraham
Isaac [Ishmael and Abraham's other sons]
Jacob (Israel) [Esau]
Joseph [11 brothers]
Genesis ends with the death of Joseph, but most historians agree that the Hebrews were in Egypt for nearly 400 years, a large part of it as slaves to the Egyptians.
The 40 years Moses spends in Egypt is only briefly identified in Exodus and this period probably overlaps with the Patriarchs or the Judges.
The Hebrews lacked centralized authority and conflict continued with native Canaanite tribes.
Deborah and Barak
Saul (First king of Israel; 1053 BC-1033 BC)
David, Solomon ("Golden Age of Israel"; David [1033 BC-993 BC] makes Jerusalem Israel's capital; Solomon [993 BC-933 BC] builds the temple)
The kingdom splits in 933 BC.
Jeroboam leads the ten northern tribes in a revolt and establishes the kingdom of Israel. The capital is Samaria. The Bible states all of the kings of Israel were evil (did not follow Jehovah as David did). Destroyed by the Assyrians in ?
Rehoboam, Solomon's son, maintains the tribes of Judah and Benjamin in the kingdom of Judah with the capital remaining at Jerusalem. About half of the kings were good (followed Jehovah as David did). Destroyed by Babylon in 586 BC.
Israel: Elijah, Elisha, Amos, Hosea
Judah: Isaiah, Jeremiah
Jerusalem falls to Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians and the Hebrews are exiled for 50 years in Babylon. Persia defeats the Babylonians and the Hebrews are exiled in Persia for another 20 years. A small remnant of Hebrews are left behind and marry into returning Canaanite tribes forming the Samaritan people. When the Hebrews return, they and the Samaritans have conflict. Ezra works to rebuild the temple and Jewish religion, while Nehemiah works to rebuild Jerusalem. Israel remains under Persian control throughout this period. After Alexander the Great defeats the Persians, Israel remains a small and fragile vassal nation until the fall of the Roman Empire.
The major periods of world history as commonly accepted by historians.
The Biblical texts corresponding to this period.
Pentateuch, Law, Books of Moses
Pentateuch, Law, Books of Moses and Historical Book
Samuel probably composed about 950 BC
Kings probably compiled in 550 BC
Chronicles probably composed about 400 BC
Isaiah: Major Prophet
Micah: Minor Prophet
Major events in the Bible
Creation of the world; Adam [Eve]
Also called the Deluge, thus the reason for the Antediluvian World and the Postdiluvian World (Before and After the Deluge)
Languages confused and people dispersed from the Mesopotamian plain
Major events in World History