The story line of the Bible
The Bible, though written by about 40 different authors over a period of perhaps 1500 years, is one story. The 66 documents of the biblical canon tell that story and contain supporting material to enrich it.
The introduction to that story is the first eleven chapters of Genesis. Those chapters set the stage and outline the plot: God's audacious attempt to win back His rebellious creation.
The story begins in earnest in Genesis 12 with the choosing of Abraham. The conclusion of the story is given in Revelation, the last book of the New Testament. There, John sees the fulfillment of what God had promised to Abraham, that through him all nations would be blessed.
To boil scripture down to a one-page story, here -- in chronological order -- are the principal events to include:
- First sin, First promise of a Redeemer
- Abraham's call
- Slavery in Egypt and Exodus
- Moses, Ten Commandments, 40 years Wandering
- Conquest, occupation and re-settlement of Canaan
- Period of Judges
- The Dark Ages of Israel when every person did "what was right in his own eyes."
- Establishment of monarchy
- Saul, David, Solomon and his building of Temple
- Division of kingdom into Judah (south) and Israel (north)
- Fall of Northern Kingdom to the Assyrians
- Fall of Southern Kingdom to the Babylonians
- Burning of Temple
- Babylonian exile and return under Ezra, Nehemiah
- Coming of Promised Messiah
- Jesus' birth, death and resurrection
- Coming of Holy Spirit at Pentecost
- Missionary journeys of Paul
- John's description of End Times
- The apocalyptic vision
15 Key Bible chapters
|Let's move from the overall story line to looking at content close up. What passages illustrate major themes of Scripture?j There are 15 or so key chapters. [ read more ]|
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