Old Testament Time Line
The Bible does not record dates in the manner that we use today. We are however given sufficient information to enable us to calculate approximately when major events of the Bible occurred, even far back into the Old Testament.
- 2050 BC - Abraham.
- 1950 BC - Isaac.
- 1900 BC - Jacob, who God renamed Israel.
- 1800 BC - the Israelites entered Egypt where they remained for over 400 years in eventual slavery.
- 1400 BC - Moses and the Exodus.
- 1360 BC - Joshua and entry into the promised land.
- 1150 BC - Ruth.
- 1100 BC - Samuel.
- 1050 BC - Saul.
- 1015 BC - David.
- 975 BC - Solomon.
- 935 BC - Division of Israel into 2 kingdoms, the northern 10 tribes known as the Kingdom of Israel with their capital in Samaria, and the southern 2 tribes known as the Kingdom of Judah with their capital in Jerusalem.
- 850 BC - Elijah and Elisha.
- 740 BC - Isaiah.
- 721 BC - The fall of the northern Kingdom of Israel to the Assyrians (see Ancient Empires - Assyria). They were taken away into permanent exile, and became known as the "Lost Ten Tribes of Israel."
- 625 BC - Jeremiah
- 595 BC - Ezekiel.
- 586 BC - The fall of the southern Kingdom of Judah to the Babylonians (see Why Babylon? and King Nebuchadnezzar). Jerusalem was devastated, and the original Temple was destroyed. The people of the southern kingdom were also taken away into the "Babylonian exile" which lasted until the Babylonian empire itself fell to the Persians.
- 580 BC - Daniel.
- 536 BC - King Cyrus of Persia allowed the Jews in Babylon to return to Jerusalem (see Ancient Empires - Persia).
- 480 BC - Esther.
- 460 BC - Ezra.
- 450 BC - Nehemiah.
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