Important Dates of the Old Testament

1870                    Babylonian empire begins

  1850 BC (ca.)    Abraham  

1650                    Israel & sons migrate to Egypt

   1250                    Exodus from Egypt

1200                    Invasion of Sea Peoples (Philistines); Period of the Judges begins

1020                    Saul becomes king

1000                    David becomes king

961                    Solomon becomes king

922                    Jews split into two Kingdoms: Israel in the North and Judah in the South

   721                    Assyrians destroy Northern Kingdom

                587                    Babylonians destroy Jerusalem, bring Israel into exile

538                    Cyrus of Persia allows Jews to go back home

515                    Second Temple built

500 (ca)            Torah put into its present written form

333                    Alexander the Great conquers Palestine, Greek period begins

 200 (ca)            Septuagint (abbreviated `LXX’)

167                     Maccabean revolt begins

164                     Hasmonean dynasty begins

63                     Romans conquer Palestine

4                      Jesus Christ born

30 AD              New Covenant instituted with the death and Resurrection of Christ

 

Divisions of Hebrew Bible

  1. Torah (Pentateuch in Greek)
  2. Nabiim (Prophets)
    1. Former Prophets
    2. Latter Prophets
  3. Ketubim (Wisdom writings)

 

Books in the Torah:

1.                  Genesis

2.                  Exodus

3.                  Leviticus

4.                  Numbers

5.                  Deuteronomy

 

Books in the Former Prophets:

1.                  Judges

2.                  Joshua

3.                  1 and 2 Samuel

4.                  1 and 2 Kings

 

Latter Prophets

  1. Major Prophets

1)      Isaiah

2)      Jeremiah

3)      Ezekiel

 

 

  1. Minor Prophets

1)      Hosea

2)      Joel

3)      Amos

4)      Obadiah

5)      Jonah

6)      Micah

7)      Nahum

8)      Habakkuk

9)      Zephaniah

10)  Haggai

11)  Zechariah

12)  Malachi

 

Wisdom Writings: All the rest!