Navigating the Books of the New Testament in Chronological Order

The Bible is not actually put together in the order the events occurred. Explore the books of the New Testament in chronological order in this timeline.

Timeline of the New Testament

WHAT MAKES THE NEW TESTAMENT “NEW”?

400 years after the Old Testament prophets have foretold the coming of a Messiah, their Savior shows up. Not in the form of a powerful king, but as a tiny, homeless baby in a manger.

In the Old Testament, God’s people are constantly repenting of their sin and offering sacrifices to be forgiven, but when Jesus humbly offers his life as the perfect sacrifice for all of mankind’s sin, there is no requirement for future sacrifices. Our sins have been forgiven.

God desires our hearts, not our perfection–for us to be in relationship with Him daily, to turn to Him for our needs, to praise Him in the storm.

The New Testament is “new” because EVERYTHING changed when Jesus died and was resurrected from the dead. His sacrifice trumped any hold sin could ever have on us. The New Testament is the story of the Gospel (aka The Good News!).

Confused? That’s ok!

Keep reading.

Timeline of the New Testament

THE BOOKS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT ARE NOT IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER

So if you’re a newbie to learning about the Bible, no worries! The Bible is complex and something you’ll study for the rest of your life.

However, I’d like to help you jump start your journey by outlining the basic events for you to gain some historical context to what you’re reading. The books of the Bible are grouped into categories, not chronological order. However, the New Testament timeline of events aren’t quite as confusing as the Old Testament.

I’ve created a printable that will walk you through the process in this Old and New Testament Summary and then you can add on the rest of the books of the Bible as you go.

Here are a few tips on the New Testament books before we dive in:

  • Matthew – John are all different accounts of the same story: Jesus’ life.
  • Acts is the history of starting the Church after Jesus goes to heaven.
  • Romans – Philemon are letters to churches and Christians from Paul, a missionary.
  • Hebrews – Jude are letters from other Christian leaders.
  • Revelation is a prophecy that John the Apostle received from Jesus about the end times.
Timeline of the New Testament

LEARN ABOUT THE BOOKS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER

To help make sense and simplify the organization of events in the New Testament, I made a printable to cover the main connections between each book of the Bible. You can print it from my shop below:

Timeline of the New Testament

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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:

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You’ve got this!

Timeline of the New Testament
Timeline of the New Testament

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Understanding the Chronological Order of the Old Testament Books

The Bible is sorted by genre rather than historical order, based on law books, history, poetry, prophecy, gospels, and letters. I help you understand the chronological order of the Old Testament books.

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Old Testament books chronological order
Old Testament books chronological order

THE OLD TESTAMENT TIMELINE

For those of you feeling like there’s no way you can ever make sense of the Bible, I challenge you to look at it with a new perspective.

So where should you start?

Let’s begin with this little fact that blew my mind when I first found out:

The books of the Bible aren’t presented in chronological order.

Yes, you read that right. The Bible is completely out of order.

Why?

Because when it was compiled, the books were sorted by genre rather than historical order. These groups are based on:

And that’s just the Old Testament.

Look at the Bible as a collection of connected documents that tell the same stories in a different way. Some stories are told as poetry (Psalms), others as circumstantial rules (Leviticus), while others repeat the same story from different viewpoints (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John).

Old Testament books chronological order

LEARN ABOUT THE CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER OF THE OLD TESTAMENT BOOKS

I’ve created a printable that will walk you through the process in this Old and New Testament Summary and then you can add on the rest of the books of the Bible as you go.

Here are a few tips on the Old Testament books before we dive in:

  • No one is exactly sure when Job was written, but most agree it was probably before the exodus from Egypt.
  • Exodus through Deuteronomy are all books during Moses’ life
  • The story of Ruth occurred during the time of the judges
  • 1 and 2 Chronicles mirrors a lot of what is written in the books of Kings and Samuel, also covering the details of the Kingdom split into Israel and Judah
  • The Israelites in both kingdoms were eventually captured by Assyrians, then the Babylonians, and then allowed to return home when they were taken over by the Persians.
  • After the exile, they restore Jerusalem and then there were 400 more years of silence before the New Testament began.

To help make sense and simplify the organization of events in the Old Testament, here’s the printable to cover the main connections between each book of the Bible. You can print it from my shop below: 

Old Testament books chronological order

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE…

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 posts on Bible Study, check out: 

Keep learning, friend! You’ve got this! 

Old Testament books chronological order

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