I was halfway through college before I had a comprehension of basic Bible history. For all I knew, Elijah and Paul could have been pen pals. Ruth and Esther could have shopped together at Lydia’s purple store. And Exile and Exodus were cousins, right?
The truth is, most Christians’ grasp of biblical chronology is almost that bad, in part due to the random way many teachers and preachers jump around the Bible. Add in the way flannel-graph lessons use the same couple of bearded and robed Thespians to play all the parts and getting things in order is well nigh hopeless. (My friend Bob Roberts says when he was a kid he could barely restrain himself from yelling out, “That’s not the good Samaritan! It’s Moses!”)
I recommend a “quick and dirty” summary to help Christians start seeing events, people, and passages in historical context. I use 5 basic dates, each associated with a major biblical figure. It gives novice Bible students some hooks from which to hang everything else.
- 2000 BC (Abraham)
- 1500 BC (Moses)
- 1000 BC (David)
- 500 BC (Nehemiah)
- 0, BC/AD (Jesus)
Simple, I know, but it’s a start. Perhaps those you teach are beyond this. But I doubt it.
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