Books of the Bible in Chronological Order


Listed below is both the chronological order of the Bible and the best way to read through it for continuity or flow of the events.

The Old Testament was originally only 22 books, it was Jerome a Catholic translator (the translators were all Catholic) who gave us our present enumeration of 39 books for the Old Testament rather than the original 22 enumeration. The incorrect order of the King James version is deliberate to confuse the reader. The present arrangement exalts “Rome” and the Gentiles as being in authority over Christian affairs, rather than “Jerusalem” and the early Jewish apostles.

I. THE LAW

1) Genesis
2) Exodus
3) Leviticus
4) Numbers
5) Deuteronomy
II. THE PROPHETS

6. Joshua/Judges
7. The Book of Kingdoms
8. Isaiah
9. Jeremiah
10. Ezekiel
11. The Twelve
III. THE HOLY WRITINGS

12. Psalms
13. Proverbs
14. Job
15. Song of Songs
16. Ruth
17. Lamentations
18. Ecclesiastes
19. Esther
20. Daniel
21. Ezra/Nehemiah
22. The Book of Chronicles


The following is what most theologists think is the correct chronological order of the Bible.

Old Testament 

Genesis 1 - 22 
Job 
Genesis 23 - 50 
Exodus 
Psalm 90 
Leviticus 
Numbers 
Deuteronomy 
Psalm 91 
Joshua 
Judges 
Ruth 
I Samuel 1 - 16:13 
Psalm 23 
I Samuel 16:14 - 19:11 
Psalm 59 
I Samuel 19:12 - 21:15 
Psalms 34, 56 
I Samuel 22:1, 2 
Psalms 57, 142 
I Samuel 22:3-23 
Psalm 52 
I Samuel 23 
Psalms 54, 63 
I Samuel 24 - 31 
II Samuel 1 - 7 
Psalm 30 
II Samuel 8:1-14 
Psalm 60 
II Samuel 8:15 - 12:14 
Psalms 51, 32 
II Samuel 12:15 - 15:37 
Psalms 3, 69 
II Samuel 16 - 20 
Psalms 64, 70 
II Samuel 21, 22 
Psalm 18 
II Samuel 23, 24 
Psalms 4 - 9, 11 - 17, 19 - 22, 24 - 29, 31, 35 - 41, 53, 55, 58, 61, 62, 
Psalms 65, 68, 72, 86, 101, 103, 108 - 110, 138 - 141, 143 - 145 
I Kings 1 - 4 
Proverbs 
Song of Solomon 
I Kings 5 - 11 
Ecclesiastes 
I Kings 12 - 22 
II Kings 1 - 14:25 
Jonah 
II Kings 14:26-29 
Amos 
II Kings 15 - 25 
Psalms 1, 2, 10, 33, 43, 66, 67, 71, 89, 92 - 100, 
Psalms 102, 104 - 106, 111 - 125, 127 - 136, 146 - 150 
I Chronicles 1 - 16 
Psalms 42, 44 - 50, 73 - 85, 87, 88 
I Chronicles 17 - 29 
II Chronicles 1 - 21 
Obadiah 
II Chronicles 22 
Joel 
II Chronicles 23 - 26:8 
Isaiah 1 - 5 
II Chronicles 26:9 - 23 
Isaiah 6 
II Chronicles 27 - 32 
Isaiah 7 - 66 
Hosea 
Micah 
Nahum 
II Chronicles 33, 34 
Zephaniah 
II Chronicles 35 
Habakkuk 
Jeremiah 1 - 6, 11, 12, 26, 7 - 10, 14 - 20, 35, 36, 45, 25, 46 - 49, 
Jeremiah 13, 22 - 24, 27 - 29, 50, 51, 30 - 33, 21, 34, 37 - 39, 52, 40 - 44 
Lamentations 
II Chronicles 36:1 - 8 
Daniel 
II Chronicles 36:9 - 21 
Psalm 137 
Ezekiel 
II Chronicles 36:22, 23 
Ezra 1 - 5:1 
Haggai 
Zechariah 
Psalms 107, 126 
Ezra 5:2 - 6:22 
Esther 
Ezra 7 - 10 
Nehemiah 
Malachi
Psalm 119:105

New Testament

Matthew 
Mark 
Luke 
John 
Acts 1 - 14 
James 
Acts 15 
Galatians 
Acts 16 
Philippians 
Acts 17:1 - 10 
I Thessalonians 
II Thessalonians 
Acts 17:11 - 18:11 
I Corinthians 
II Corinthians 
Acts 18:12 - 20:1 
Ephesians 
Romans 
Acts 10:2 - 28:30 
Colossi ans 
Hebrews 
Titus 
Philemon 
I Timothy 
II Timothy 
I Peter 
II Peter 
I John 
II John 
III John 
Jude 
Revelation 

 

The books of the Bible can be organized in a way that places them in an order ( places where timelines weave together or overlap) that makes it easier to follow what is happening. 
The books below have been placed in an order so that there is no break in the flow of the events with the rest of the books placed following these events.

Chapter Description
John 1 In the Beginning was the Word
Genesis 1 The Creation
Genesis 2 The Garden of Eden
Genesis 3 The Fall of Man
Genesis 4 Cain kills Abel
Genesis 5 From Adam to Noah
Genesis 6 – 10 The Great Flood
Job 1 – 42 Job’s Suffering and Faith
Genesis 11 The Tower of Babel
Genesis 12 God Sends Abram to Egypt
Genesis 13 Abram and Lot Part Ways
Genesis 14 – 50 The Descendants of Abraham.
Exodus 1 – 3 Israel in Egypt
Exodus 4 – 40 The Ten Plagues on Egypt
Leviticus 1 – 23 Laws for Sacrifices and Offerings
Numbers 1 – 36 Census, Tribes, Duties
Psalm 90 Psalm of Moses
Deuteronomy 1 – 34 Moses’ Summary of Israel’s History
Joshua 1 – 24 Joshua Leads Israel Into Canaan.
Judges 1 – 21 Israel’s relationship with Canaan.
Ruth 1 – 4 Naomi, Ruth and Boaz
1 Samuel 1 – 20 Samuel, Saul, and David
Psalm 59 David’s Psalm of Deliverance
1 Samuel 21 David at Nob and Gath
Psalm 52 David’s Psalm Fleeing Saul
Psalm 34 David’s Psalm Before Ahimelech
Psalm 56 David’s Psalm at Gath
1 Samuel 22 Saul Slays the Priests of Nob
Psalms 57 David’s Psalms in the Cave
Psalms 142 David’s Psalms in the Cave
1 Samuel 23 David Flees Saul
Psalm 54 David’s Psalm at Keilah
1 Samuel 24 – 31 David vs. Saul
2 Samuel 1 – 4 David’s Children
1 Chronicles 1 – 10 Genealogies of the Israelites
2 Samuel 5 David Reigns over All Israel
1 Chronicles 11 – 15 David Reigns over All Israel
2 Samuel 6 – 8 The Ark is Brought to Jerusalem
Psalm 60 David’s Psalm of Victory
Psalm 15 David’s Psalm of Zion
Psalm 24 David’s Psalm of Glory to God
1 Chronicles 16 David’s festival sacrifice
Psalms 96, 105, 106 Psalms of Praise
1 Chronicles 17 – 18 David Purposes to build a Temple
2 Samuel 9 – 10 David and Mephibosheth
1 Chronicles 19 – 20 David Defeats Ammon and Aram
2 Samuel 11 – 12 David and Bathsheba
Psalm 51 David’s Psalm of Repentance
2 Samuel 13 – 14 Amnon and Tamar
1 Chronicles 21 – 27 David has a Census
2 Samuel 15 – 16 Absalom’s Conspiracy
Psalm 63 David’s Psalm of Thirst for God
2 Samuel 17 Hushai’s Warning Saves David
Psalms 41, 55 David Psalms of Deliverance
2 Samuel 18 – 23 Absalom Slain by Joab
Psalm 108 David’s Psalm of Steadfastness
2 Samuel 24 David Counts the Fighting Men
1 Chronicles 28 – 29 David’s last days
1 Kings 1 – 2 David’s last days
Psalm 37 David’s Psalm of Salvation
Psalm 72 Psalm for Solomon
2 Chronicles 1 Solomon Asks for Wisdom
1 Kings 3 Solomon Asks for Wisdom
Psalm 45 Psalm of Korah
1 Kings 4 – 9 Solomon’s Wisdom
2 Chronicles 2 – 7 Solomon Prepares for a Temple
Psalms 135 – 136 Psalms of Solomon
2 Chronicles 8 Solomon’s buildings
Psalm 127 Solomon Psalm of Blessing
Proverbs 1 – 31 The Proverbs of Solomon
Songs 1 – 8 Solomon’s Song of Songs
Psalms 1 – 150 Psalms of Unknown Authors
1 Kings 10 The Queen of Sheba Visits Solomon
2 Chronicles 9 The Queen of Sheba Visits Solomon
1 Kings 11 Solomon’s Wives and Idolatry
Ecclesiastes 1 – 12 Ecclesiastes Words of the Preacher
1 Kings 12 – 13 The Kingdom is Divided
2 Chronicles 10 – 12 Israelites Rebel against Rehoboam
1 Kings 14 – 15 Ahijah’s Prophecies against Jeroboam
2 Chronicles 13 – 14 Civil War against Jeroboam
1 Kings 16 Jehu’s prophecy against Baasha
2 Chronicles 15 – 17 Asa’s Reforms
1 Kings 17 – 22 Elijah Prays for Drought
Obadiah 1 The Vision of Obadiah
2 Chronicles 18 – 21 Jehoshaphat Allies with Ahab
2 Kings 1 – 11 Elisha
2 Chronicles 22 – 24 Ahaziah Succeeds Jehoram in Judah
2 Chronicles 23 Jehoiada Makes Joash King
2 Kings 12 Joash Reigns Well
Joel 1 – 3 The Word of the LORD to Joel
2 Kings 13 – 14 Jehoahaz’s wicked reign
2 Chronicles 25 Amaziah’s good reign
2 Kings 15 Azariah’s good reign
2 Chronicles 26 Uzziah Reigns in Judah
Amos 1 – 9 The Words of Amos
Jonah 1 – 4 Jonah Sent to Nineveh
Hosea 1 – 14 Hosea’s Prophecies
2 Chronicles 27 – 28 Jotham Succeeds Uzziah
2 Kings 16 Wicked Reign of Ahaz
Isaiah 1 – 7 Isaiah Complains of Zion’s Corruption
Micah 1 – 7 The Word of the LORD to Micah
Isaiah 8 – 25 Uriah and Zechariah
2 Kings 17 Hoshea the Last King of Israel
2 Chronicles 29 – 31 Hezekiah’s Good Reign
2 Kings 20 Hezekiah’s Illness and Healing
Isaiah 38 – 66 Hezekiah Shows Treasures
2 Kings 18 Sennacherib Threatens Jerusalem
Isaiah 36 Sennacherib Threatens Jerusalem
2 Chronicles 32 Sennacherib Threatens Jerusalem
Psalms 46 – 48 Korah’s Psalms of Refuge
2 Kings 19 Hezekiah’s Prayer
Isaiah 37 Hezekiah’s Prayer
Nahum 1 – 3 The Vision of Nahum
2 Kings 21 Manasseh’s Wicked Reign
2 Chronicles 33 Manasseh’s Wicked Reign
2 Kings 22 Josiah’s good reign
2 Chronicles 34 Josiah’s good reign
Zephaniah 1 – 3 The Word of the LORD to Zephaniah
Jeremiah 1 – 10 The Call of Jeremiah
Habakkuk 1 – 3 The Oracle to Habakkuk
Jeremiah 11 – 12 Jeremiah Proclaims God’s Covenant
2 Kings 22 – 23 Josiah Prepares for Temple Repair
2 Chronicles 35 – 36 Josiah Celebrates the Passover
Jeremiah 13 – 47 Jeremiah Proclaims Covenant Is Broken
Daniel 1 – 2 Daniel Refuses the King’s Portion
2 Kings 24 Rebellion of Jehoiakim
Ezekiel 1 – 19 Ezekiel’s Prophecy at Chebar
Ezekiel 20 – 23 Ezekiel Sees God Refuse the Elders
2 Kings 25 Siege of Jerusalem Begins
Jeremiah 48 – 49 Jeremiah Prophesies against Moab
Ezekiel 24 – 25 Siege of Jerusalem Begins
2 Kings 25 The Fall of Jerusalem
Psalms 74, 79, Jer. 52 Psalms of Desolation
Jeremiah 50, 51 Jeremiah Prophesies against Babylon
Lamentations 1 – 5 Jeremiah’s Lamentations
Ezekiel 26 – 39 Ezekiel Pronounces Judgment on Tyre
Daniel 3 – 4 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego
Ezekiel 40 – 48 Ezekiel’s Second Temple Vision
Daniel 5 – 12 Daniel Interprets Handwriting on the Wall
Ezra 1 – 5 The Proclamation of Cyrus
Haggai 1 – 2 The Word of the LORD by Haggai
Zechariah 1 – 14 The Word of the LORD to Zechariah
Ezra 6 Temple Work Resumed by Darius’ Decree
Esther 1 – 10 Queen Vashti Deposed
Ezra 7 – 10 Ezra Journeys to Jerusalem
Nehemiah 1 – 13 Nehemiah’s Prayer for the Exiles
Malachi 1 – 4 The Word of the LORD by Malachi
Luke 1 – 2 Birth of John the Baptist
Mathew 1 Augustus Taxes the Roman Empire
Matthew 2 Visit of the Magi
John 1 Early Life of Jesus
Matthew 3 John the Baptist Prepares the Way
Mark 1 John the Baptist Prepares the Way
Luke 3 John the Baptist Prepares the Way
Matthew 4 Temptation of Jesus
Luke 4 Temptation of Jesus
Luke 5 Jesus Calls his First Disciples
John 2 – 4 Wedding at Cana
Matthew 5 – 7 Sermon on the Mount
Matthew 8 Jesus Ministers in Galilee
Mark 2 Jesus Ministers in Galilee
John 5 The Pool of Bethesda
Matthew 12 Jesus Lord of the Sabbath
Mark 3 Jesus Lord of the Sabbath
Luke 6 Jesus Lord of the Sabbath
Matthew 11 Jesus Answers John’s Disciples
Luke 7 Jesus Answers John’s Disciples
Matthew 13 Jesus Speaks Many Parables
Mark 4 Jesus Speaks Many Parables
Luke 8 Jesus Speaks Many Parables
Mark 5 Jesus Heals a Demoniac
Matthew 9 Jesus Heals a Paralytic
Matthew 10 Jesus Sends out His Twelve Apostles
Mark 6 John the Baptist Beheaded
Matthew 14 John the Baptist Beheaded
Luke 9 Jesus Feeds the 5,000
John 6 Jesus Feeds the 5,000
Matthew 15 Teachings on Clean and Unclean
Mark 7 Teachings on Clean and Unclean
Matthew 16 Peter’s Confession of Christ
Mark 8 Peter’s Confession of Christ
Matthew 17 The Transfiguration
Mark 9 The Transfiguration
Matthew 18 Greatest and Least in the Kingdom
Luke 10 – 11 Jesus Sends out the Seventy-two
John 7 – 10 Jesus Teaches at the Feast of Tabernacles
Luke 12 – 17 Jesus Speaks More Parables
John 11 Jesus Raises Lazarus
Matthew 19 – 20 Final Journey to Jerusalem
Mark 10 Final Journey to Jerusalem
Luke 18 Final Journey to Jerusalem
Matthew 21 The Triumphal Entry
Mark 11 The Triumphal Entry
Luke 19 The Triumphal Entry
John 12 The Triumphal Entry
Matthew 22 – 24 Closing Ministry in Jerusalem
Matthew 25 Closing Ministry in Jerusalem
Mark 12 – 13 Closing Ministry in Jerusalem
Luke 20 – 21 Thursday Before Passover
John 14 – 17 Jesus Comforts His Disciples
Matthew 27 Jesus’ Betrayal, Trial, Crucifixion
Mark 15 Jesus’ Betrayal, Trial, Crucifixion
Luke 23 Jesus’ Betrayal, Trial, Crucifixion
John 18 – 19 Jesus’ Betrayal, Trial, Crucifixion
Matthew 28 Jesus’ Resurrection
Mark 16 Jesus’ Resurrection
Luke 24 Jesus’ Resurrection
John 20 – 21 Jesus’ Resurrection
Acts 1 The Ascension
Acts 2 – 12 The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost
James 1 – 5 James Writes his Letter
Acts 13 – 18 Paul’s First Missionary Journey
1 Thess. 1 – 5 Paul Writes to the Thessalonians
2 Thess. 1 – 3 Paul Writes again to the Thessalonians
Acts 19 Paul in Ephesus
1 Corinthians 1 – 16 Paul Writes to the Corinthians
Galatians 1 – 6 Paul Writes to the Galatians
Acts 20 Paul in Macedonia and Greece
Romans 1 – 16 Paul Writes to the Romans
2 Corinthians 1 – 13 Paul Writes again to the Corinthians
Acts 21 – 28 Paul Returns to Jerusalem
Ephesians 1 – 6 Paul Writes to the Ephesians
Philippians 1 – 4 Paul Writes to the Philippians
Colossians 1 – 4 Paul Writes to the Colossians
Philemon 1 Paul Writes to Philemon
1 Timothy 1 – 6 Paul Writes to Timothy
1 Peter 1 – 5 Peter Writes his First Letter
Titus 1 – 3 Paul Writes to Titus
2 Timothy 1 – 4 Paul Writes Again to Timothy
2 Peter 1 – 3 Peter Writes his Second Letter
Hebrews 1 – 13 Letter to the Hebrews
Jude 1 Jude Writes his Letter
1 John 1 – 5 John Writes his First Letter
2 John 1 John Writes his Second Letter
3 John 1 John Writes his Third Letter
Revelation 1 – 22 John’s Revelation

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