Bible Timeline

This timeline is at best an estimate and simply one representation of likely dates for the events connected to the Bible. Especially the dating of events between Adam and the reign of King David are rounded approximations and provide a general sketch of the time periods of the history and books of the Old Testament.

???? – 2150 BC
Adam – Abraham

2150 – 2000 BC

2050 – 1900 BC

2000 – 1850 BC

1900 – 1800 BC
Joseph and Brothers
Genesis, Job

1850 – 1440 BC
People of Israel in Egypt

1440 – 1400 BC
Exodus and Wilderness Wanderings
Exodus – Deuteronomy

1400 – 1350 BC
Joshua and the Conquest of Canaan

1350 – 1050 BC
Period of the Judges
Judges – Ruth

1050 – 1010 BC
Israel’s United Kingdom of Saul (Israel’s 1st King)
1st Samuel

1010 – 970 BC
Israel’s United Kingdom of David
2nd Samuel, 1st Chronicles, Psalms

970 – 930 BC
Israel’s United Kingdom of Solomon
1st Kings, 2nd Chronicles, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon

930 BC
The United Kingdom of Israel Splits Into Two Separate Nations

930 BC – 587 BC
The period of the divided kingdoms:
Israel in the North (with 10 tribes or states)
Judah in the South (with 2 tribes or states)
2nd Kings, 2nd Chronicles

930 – 722 BC
Kingdom of Israel
Amos, Jonah, Hosea, Joel?

722 BC
Israel (the northern kingdom) conquered by Assyria and dispersed/taken into exile

930 – 586 BC
Kingdom of Judah
Micah, Isaiah, Nahum, Zephaniah, Habakkuk, Jeremiah

586 BC
Judah conquered by Babylon and taken into exile
Lamentations, Obadiah

586 – 538 BC
The Babylonian Captivity of Judah
Daniel, Ezekiel

538 BC
Persia Conquers Babylon

538 BC – 440 BC
The Return of Judah From Exile
Esther, Ezra, Nehemiah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

440 BC – 7 BC
The Silent Years Between the Old and New Testaments

6 BC
The Birth of Jesus in Bethlehem

1 AD
Paul Born?

1-10 AD
Most of Jesus’ Twelve Disciples Born

6 BC – 30 AD
The Life and Ministry of Jesus
Matthew, Mark, Luke, John

30 – 62 AD
The Early Expansion of the Church

33 AD
The Conversion of Paul to Christianity

47 – 57 AD
The Missionary Journeys of Paul (Three Mission Journeys)
Galatians, 1st and 2nd Corinthians, 1st and 2nd Thessalonians, Romans, James

57 – 60 AD
Paul Imprisoned in Judea

60 – 62 AD
Paul Imprisoned in Rome and Peter comes to Rome to work with the church there
Ephesians, Colossians, Philippians, 1st Timothy, Philemon, 1st Peter

63 AD?
Possible Early Death of Paul

62 – 67 AD
Possible Unknown Ministry of Paul / Ministry of Peter in Rome
Titus, 2nd Timothy, 2nd Peter, Hebrews, Jude, Acts

67 AD?
Paul and Peter Killed in Rome by Order of Nero
Possible Early Date of Revelation by John

70 AD
Jerusalem Destroyed by the Romans

70 – 90 AD
John in Ephesus as Pastor
1st – 3rd John

90 – 95 AD?
John in Exile on the Island of Patmos
Traditional Later Date of Revelation by John

98 AD?
Death of John, the Last of Jesus’ 12 Disciples