Background, historical and cultural information to help you study the bible.
Nebuchadneeezar II was king of Babylon from 604-562 BC
Overview and timeline of the exile of Israel and her return from captivity.
The “church fathers” are the earliest writers outside of the New Testament. Their writings are not classified as apocryphal nor are they considered authoritative. They wrote to edify their fellow Christians.
The Greek word usually translated disciple simply means a student or one who learns. But it was a particular kind of student in Jesus’ day.
The book of Judges tells of the various leaders raised up to deliver Israel from the enemies remaining in the land after the conquest under Joshua. The Judges of Israel (c. 1375–1050 BC) came from various tribes and regions of Israel.
What makes an apostle of Jesus Christ an apostle? There are 4 qualifications.
The Old Testament is organized by genre rather than historical timeline. Here’s a list of the Old Testament books in chronological order with the traditional (approximate) dates.
In the Christian Bible, the Old Testament is divided into 4 main parts based on genre. Within each genre, books are organized by author, chronology and size.
The itinerary of Paul’s three missionary journeys on 1 map and in 1 chart with links to background information on the cities and the reference in Acts.
How many letters did the Apostle Paul write to the Corinthian church? The answer is not as easy as it sounds. We have two letters to the church at Corinth in our Bible, but both of these letters mention another letter. Many scholars believe Paul wrote four letters to the Corinthian church but only two…
In Paul’s time Corinth was the 2nd most important city in the Roman empire. Corinth was an exceptionally wealthy and important city in Greece.
While not a complete list of early church heresies, these groups are the ones that the New Testament authors seem to write against and respond to most often.
Why was the New Testament written in Greek while the Old Testament was written in Hebrew?
This chart summarizes the Abraham’s family tree, based on what we know from Scripture.
Chronology of the post exile: Ezra-Nehemiah
Jesus often taught in parables. Parables are stories which include a dramatic illustration that makes and impact on the listener and calls for a response. Parables are serious theology. But they are metaphorical theology. They teach through metaphor, simile, and dramatic action rather than through logic or reasoning. Here’s a list of the parables of…
This chart gives a timeline of the major events in the life of the Apostle Paul and the dating of his letters.
This chart summarizes the King Saul’s family tree, based on what we know from Scripture. I’m always looking for this information and couldn’t find it in one place. This is a work in progress. Please contact me if you find errors, omissions or broken links.
This chart summarizes the King David’s family tree, based on what we know from Scripture. This is a work in progress. Please contact me if you find errors, omissions or broken links.
Jeremiah was a prophet to the southern kingdom of Judah who wrote the book of Jeremiah. His name means “exaltation of the Lord.” Below is a basic chronology of his 40+ year ministry.
“When was it written?” Here’s the most likely order in which the books of the bible were written.
This chart summarizes the Kings of Israel and Judah from the crowning of Saul to the captivity of Judah.
When studying the Old Testament, dates can be a source of confusion, especially when they switch between the Jewish name and the Babylonian name in the same story. Here are my reference tables.Civic# Sacred# Jewish # of days Julian Season 1 7 Nisan 30 Mar/Apr barley harvest 2 8 Iyyar 29 Apr/May general…
A good teacher tailors her presentation to her audience. The same is true of the four New Testament gospels. Each gospel writer had a different audience in mind and tailored his presentation of the story to his audience.