The Bible is divided between the Old and New Testaments. Books written before the time of Jesus make up the Old Testament. Book written after Jesus’ ministry on earth comprise the New Testament.
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.
|History||Law & Prophets||Date|
|Exodus 1-19||Exodus 20 thru Leviticus |
up to Numbers 9
|2 Samuel||Psalms of David||1050 BC|
|1 Kings & 1 Chronicles||Proverbs, Ecclesiastes,|
Song of Solomon
|2 Kings & 2 Chronicles||Obadiah, Joel, Jonah, Hosea|
Amos, Isaiah, Micah, Nahum,
Zephaniah, Jeremiah, Lamentations,
722 BC Assyria
|(exile)||Ezekiel, Daniel, Esther||586 BC Babylon|
|Ezra, Nehemiah||Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi||538 BC Cyrus|