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Purpose: Graphically show the Old Testament (OT) chronological Bible book order. Click here to see the Hebrew Bible book order.
Click chronological chart for bigger chart.
The English(1) OT Bible is separated into four sections according to emphasis rather than time sequence. The Hebrew canon is differently organized, an important thought to remember. Keep the above chart as a learning tool. The English Bible book order is not the ‘biblical’ way. Other than the Law being the first five foundational books, there seems to be no ‘biblical’ order. The New Testament follows the same lack of clear organization.
There are other ways to view the prophets, such as the major prophets (longer books—four of them) and the minor prophets (shorter books—twelve of them) or the place of their recipients (i.e., north or south kingdom, other countries).
This chronological perspective of the Old Testament helps us understand the background and circumstances of each Bible book. Every Christian should have a general understanding of the Old Testament context and a good understanding of at least several of the Old Testament books. See our Old Testament’s historical and chronological map to become more familiar with the Old Testament history!
Excellent Bible reading programs (e.g.,Bible app) are now available. We admit it might be hard to get through some books, but just read them a bit quicker and capture one thought for your personal life that day. By regularly referring to the above chart one can keep from getting lost, quickly gaining each book’s circumstances and purpose. For example, David wrote many Psalms. Some of them depict difficult times; they arose from David’s own trying life situation. We suggest that the Old Testament be read once a year.
Check out out chronological Bible book order and traditional Bible book order free bookmarks. Complete with and OT and NT chronological chart on the back!
1. What is the difference between the Old Testament’s chronological order and the general sequence found in a Bible?
2. What five books comprise the Law? Name your favorite and why.
3. When do the historical books begin and end?
4. What are the three chronological times to categorize the historical books or the prophets?
5. What period did most of the Old Testament prophets write?
6. When did the Book of Job take place? How do you know?
7. Why are the poetical Bible books so helpful in one’s life?
8. How much of the Old Testament have you read? Make a plan to read it through (perhaps again).
9. What is your favorite book of the Old Testament? Why?
The Extent of the Bible
Why aren't other books part of the Bible?
The Bible's Challenge | Transformation | Canonization| Extent | Inspiration | Reliability | Relevance | Version | Download
OLD TESTAMENT ARTICLES
Including many maps and diagrams
Chronological Chart of OT Books
Hebrew Bible Books/ Canon
Old Testament Geographical Historical Map
OT Law, Pentateuch
Introduction to Genesis
Outline and Genealogies
Unified Themes of Genesis
Genealogy Time Chart: Genesis 5
Genealogy Time Chart: Genesis 11
Ancient History - Chronology
Tracing the Two Seeds Of Mankind
The Worship of the Creator
The Meaning of Creation
Creation Lessons on God.
God and the World's Religions
Genesis & Birth Control
Preparation for Man (Genesis 2:4-6)
Creation of Man (Gen. 2:7, 1:26-27)
Purpose for Man (Genesis 2:8-17)
Good and evil from Genesis 2
Genesis 2:18-25 Great Marriages Happen!
Genesis 2:18-25 The Foundation of Marriage
Genesis 2:24 Leave & Cleave: Practical thoughts
Genesis 5: Time chart of patriarchs (1)
Genesis 5: Enoch's Secret Word: Methusaleh (1)
Genesis 6:1-3 Finding a Wife the wrong and right way
Genesis 12-22 Abraham's Life
Genesis 12.1 The Call
Genesis 12.2-3 The Promises
Genesis 12:10-20; 20; Place Detour:
Genesis 12.13-14 Person Detour
Genesis 15 The Means
Genesis 16-17 Procedure Detour
Genesis 16,17,22 Consequences of failing to wait for God
Genesis 22 The Testing
Genesis 25-37 Jacob's Life
Influence of Sin
God and Man's Sin
Understanding Man's Sin Nature
Understanding Jacob's Sins
Genesis 50:15-26 Grace to Freely Forgive (Joseph)
Exodus 3:14 Discussion of "I am" and Yahweh
Exodus 20:5-6 Influence of Parents
Exodus 33:7-11 Building Excitement for Devotions
Exodus 33:12-19 Biblical Word Study on 'Grace'
Numbers Overview, Intro, Themes (The Lord's Battle)
Deuteronomy 22:5 Gender Culture Sins
|OT Historical Books
Introduction, Outline and Purpose of Joshua
Historical/Geographical Map of Joshua
Map of Canaan before the Conquest
Joshua & Resolving Marital Conflict (many passages)
Joshua 1:8 Diagram of Meditation's Importance
Theme (Cycle of Decline and Revival)
Judges 2:10-19 Evaluating our Spiritual Lives
Judges 13-16 Samson
1 Samuel 16:6-13 Full-time Ministry
2 Chronicles 6-7 Prayer & Revival
2 Chronicles 6:14-42 King Solomon's prayer
2 Chronicles 7.12-15 God's Promise for Revival
2 Chronicles 7.14 Revival P A R (3)
2 Chronicles 20:1-30 Prayer: Study Questions
Ezra 9-10 Marrying a Non-Christian
Ezra 9:8-10 At the Heart of Revival
Overview of Nehemiah
Historical Picture of Nehemiah and Ezra
Complete Nehemiah series (21 sermons+)
Micah Themes & Background
Micah Outline Summary
Micah 4:1-5 Mountain of the Lord Questions
Micah 4:11-5:5 Commentary
Zephaniah study - Call to Revival
Gathering Before His Throne
Relevance to our Lives | Historical | Overview
A.Voluntarily Gathering 1:1-2:3 Questions | Notes | Outline
B.Willingly Gathering 2:3-3:13 Questions | Notes | Outline
C. Gladly Gathering 3:14-3:20 Questions | Notes | Outline
Haggai studies: Rebuilding the Temple
Haggai 1:1-11 Notes Questions
Haggai 1:12-2:9 Notes Questions
Haggai 2:10-23 Notes Questions
Discovering Effective Leadership in Haggai
Overcoming Discouragement and Depression in Haggai
Scriptures typically quoted from the New American Standard Bible unless noted:
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