Recommendations: Chronological Bible Reading

Hi Team,

When I researched information about a chronological bible, I found a few different sequences of books of the bible laid out to read.
My question is, does anyone have recommendations for a trusted chronological Bible or a specific order to best read? Thanks :tulip:

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Hi @HopeforLife1!

This is a great question! I enjoy studying through the Bible in chronological order, and learning the world history of those times is fascinating, especially as I see the dots of cultural society and faith application connect.

I look forward to hearing other’s ideas of what has helped them on this thread as well, but here is a link to another thread along this topic that may be of help to you as you look for resources.

God bless you as you dive in to learn. Happy studying!


You might find this interesting, it is a cut and paste from a book I have.


I. From the Creation to the Birth of Moses.
B. C. 4004–1571.
B. C.
4004–2348. Gen. 1:1–7:5. From the Creation to the Flood. Adam. Enoch. Methuselah. Noah.
2348–1996. Gen. 7:6–11:26. Noah and his descendants. The Flood. The Confusion of Tongues.
1996–1821. Gen. 11:27–25:11. The History of Abraham. Lot. Melchizedek. Hagar and Ishmael. Isaac.
1821–1716. Gen. 25:12–36:43. The History of Isaac. Jacob and Esau. Laban.
1716–1635. Gen. 37:1–50:26. The History of Jacob and Joseph.
2. From the Birth of Moses to the Death of Solomon,
B. C. 1571–975.
B. C.
1571–1451. The Books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. The History of Israel, from the birth to the death of Moses. Moses. Aaron. The Ten Plagues. The Exodus. The Ten Commandments. The Tabernacle. The Ceremonial Laws. The Levites. The Wanderings in the Desert.
1451–1171. The Books of Joshua, Judges, and Ruth. From the entrance into Canaan to the birth of Samuel. Joshua. Deborah. Gideon. Samson. Ruth.
1171–975. 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings 1:1–11:43. From the birth of Samuel to the death of Solomon. Eli. Hannah. Samuel. Saul. David. Jonathan. Solomon.
3. From the death of Solomon to the return from the Babylonian Captivity.
B. C. 975–536.
B. C.
975–536. 1 Kings 12:1–2 Kings 25:30. The Political History of the Kingdoms of Judah and Israel.
910–895. 1 Kings 17:1–2 Kings 2:11. Elijah.
895–838. 2 Kings 2:12–13:21. Elisha.
890–750. The prophecies of Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah and Jonah.
750–700. The prophecies of Isaiah, Micah, and Nahum.
650–600. The prophecies of Habakkuk and Zephaniah.
625–536. The prophecies of Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel.
The First and Second Books of the Chronicles, contain a parallel history from 4004 B. C. to 536 B. C.
4. From the Return from Babylon to the close of the Old Testament Canon.
B. C. 536–424.
B. C.
536–424. The Books of Ezra, Esther, and Nehemiah. The prophecies of Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi.
The Book of Job is to be read while studying the life of Abraham.
The Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon, belong to David and Solomon’s time. Lamentations is to be read when the prophecy of Jeremiah is studied.

  1. The Events connected with the Childhood of our Lord.
    B. C. A. D.
    a) Luke 1:1–2:38.
    b) Matt. 2:1–23.
    c) Luke 2:39–52.

  2. From the Beginning of John the Baptist’s Ministry to our Lord’s first Passover.
    (Summer, A. D. 26—April, A. D. 27.)
    A. D.
    a) Luke 3:1–4:13.
    b) John 1:1–2:12.

  3. The Events of the First year of our Lord’s Ministry.
    (Passover, April, A. D. 27—Passover, April, A. D. 28.)
    a) John 2:13–5:47.

  4. The Events of the Second year of our Lord’s Ministry.
    (Passover, April, A. D. 28—Passover, April, A. D. 29.)
    a) Luke 4:14–6:19.
    b) Matt. 5:1–7:29.
    c) Luke 7:1–8:3.
    d) Matt. 12:22–13:52.
    e) Mark 4:35–5:43.
    f) Matt. 9:27–34.
    g) Mark 6:1–56.
    h) John 6:22–7:1.

  5. The Events of the first half of the Third year of our Lord’s Ministry.
    (April, A. D. 29—Feast of Tabernacles, October, A. D. 29.)

  6. a) Mark 7:1–9:50.
    b) Matt 18:10–35.

  7. The Events from the Feast of Tabernacles until our Lord’s final Arrival at Bethany.
    (October, A. D. 29—April, A. D. 30.)
    a) John 7:2–10:21.
    b) Luke 9:51–13:35.
    c) John 10:22–42.
    d) Luke 14:1–17:10.
    e) John 11:1–54.
    f) Luke 17:11–18:30.
    g) Matt. 20:1–34.
    h) Luke 19:1–28.

  8. Events of our Lord’s Passion and Death.
    (From Saturday, April 1, 30—Sunday, April 9, A. D. 30.)

  9. a) John 11:55–12:11.
    b) Matt. 21:1–23:39.
    c) Mark 12:41–44.
    d) John 12:20–50.
    e) Matt. 24:1–26:20.
    f) Luke 22:24–30.
    g) John 13:1–35.
    h) Matt. 26:26–29.
    i) John 13:36–17:26.
    k) Matt. 26:36–27:26.
    l) John 19:1–42.
    m) Matt. 27:62–66.

  10. The Events of our Lord’s Resurrection to His Ascension.
    (From Sunday, April 9—Thursday, May 18, A. D. 30.)

  11. a) Luke 24:1–53.
    b) John 20:26–21:25.

  12. From the Ascension of our Lord to the close of the New Testament Canon.
    A. D. 30–100.
    The Acts of the Apostles.
    The Epistles of St. Paul.
    1 and 2 Thessalonians.

  13. Galatians, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Romans.

  14. Colossians, Ephesians, Philemon, Philippians.

  15. 1 Timothy, Titus, 2 Timothy.—Hebrews.
    The seven General Epistles. James, 1 and 2 Peter, Jude, 1, 2, 3 John.
    The Book of Revelation.

Luther, M. (1882). Luther’s Small Catechism, with Proof-Texts, Additions and Appendices: For the Use of Church, School and Family (pp. 89–93). Philadelphia: The Lutheran Bookstore.


Hey Anna, :blossom:

I appreciate the recommendation, the NKJV is the Bible translation I grew up studying, the verbiage is as familiar to me as the hymns I learned as a child. :tulip:



You sooo went above and beyond!! :clap:t2:
Thank you for the history, dates, and verses you diligently penned, all of this information will be quite valuable to me during my times of study, I am truly grateful. :tulip:


I am glad that you like the info but I can’t have you think that I penned this. As I said in the beginning it was a cut and paste.

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Thank you so much @Jimmy_Sellers. It really helps me

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