The books of 1 & 2 Chronicles can be hard to follow, but here I break it down in a way you can understand and relate to the rest of the books of the Old Testament.
MORE THAN A TEXTBOOK…
This is the part of the Bible where I would love to see the look on your face when I tell you that if you’ve been following my timelines, you already have basic knowledge of all the events of the Old Testament.
Historically, the basics of what occurs in the remainder of these books has already been covered. Intellectually, mentally, and spiritually, you will be a lifelong learner…
We have to be careful not to fall in the trap of only studying the Bible like a school textbook, because as a Christian, I believe that the Bible is the actual Word of God, that still speaks to us today, and holds great mysteries that we will never fully comprehend.
But on the flip side, you cannot fully understand the practical living advice in it’s pages nor the spiritual development and guidance the Lord is offering without having some sort of understanding of the historical context of these documents. My hope is that I can help you in that one piece of the puzzle with these timelines, but I want you to know that I use them as a study aid, not in place of pursuing actual relationship with Jesus.
BUT HISTORICALLY SPEAKING….
- 1 & 2 Samuel = 1 Chronicles
- 1 & 2 Kings = 2 Chronicles
Just like in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, the same story is told from a different viewpoint, and a few extra facts are added here and there. Each book was written to remind the Israelites of what God had done for them in the past. The books of Samuel were written during the Kingdom Split. The books of Kings were written during the exile to Babylon. And the books of Chronicles were written after their return from captivity.
It’s ok if you’re a bit lost, that’s why I create these timelines to help you break down the basics so you can follow the stories with ease. Let’s review:
After the rule of King Saul, David and Solomon, the kingdom splits into two kingdoms, Israel and Judah. Eventually these two kingdoms are overthrown by outside nations and each taken into separate captivities.
- Israel = exiled to Assyria in 722 BC
- Judah = exiled to Babylon in 586 BC
Eventually the Israelites are allowed to return in three separate phases, but more on that later.
THE BOOKS OF 1 & 2 CHRONICLES PRINTABLES
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So a few years ago, I made this Old and New Testament Summary Printable, and now I’m working my way through each book of the Bible! To get the rest of the printables, check out my Timeline Bundles for the best deal:
For more Biblical history, check out these other posts:
- Genesis Study
- Ruth Printable
- 1 & 2 Samuel Printable
- 1 & 2 Kings Printable
- Understanding the Old Testament Timeline
You’ve got this!
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