The Book of the Ages
66 Books
40 Human Authors
1,500 years
3 languages—Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek
Isaiah 40:6
“All people are like grass, and all their
faithfulness is like the flowers of the
field. The grass withers and the
flowers fall, because the breath of the
LORD blows on them. Surely the
people are grass. The grass withers and
the flowers fall, but the word of our
God endures forever.”
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POETRY
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PROPHECY
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39
MINOR
OTHER HISTORICAL
12
5
PENTATEUCH
HISTORY
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66
Old Testament
Genesis 1—11
Gen 12—Malachi
About 2,000 years
About 2,000 years
Mankind in General
Family of Abraham
Floodlight
Spotlight
Events Predominate
People Predominate
The Basic Stages of the Book of Ages
Primeval
Patriarch
Exodus
Conquest
Judges
United Kingdom
Divided Kingdom
Captivity
Return
GENESIS
“Beginnings”
Primeval Stage (Gen 1–11)
Introduction to the Pentateuch
Human Race
Time:
2,000-7,000 yrs.
Focus: 4 Great Events: Creation, Fall, Flood,
Nations (Tower of Babel)
Between the fall and the flood is a 10
generation genealogy from Adam to Noah
(Gen 5). Between Tower of Babel and
Abraham is a 10 generation genealogy
from Shem to Abraham (Gen 11).
Creation
The Fall
The Flood
Tower of Babel
Patriarchal Stage (Gen 12–50)
Hebrew Race
Time:
300 yrs. (2150-1850 BC)
Focus:
4 Great People: Abraham,
Isaac, Jacob, Joseph
Primeval (1–11)
Human Race
Patriarchal (12–50)
Hebrew Race
Time: 2,000-7,000 yrs.
350 yrs.
(2150-1800 BC)
Focus: 4 Great Events:
Creation, Fall,
Flood, Nations
(Tower of Babel
4 Great People:
Abraham, Isaac,
Jacob, Joseph
The Patriarchal Pyramid
Joseph: Provider
Jacob: Propagator
Isaac: Pilgrim
Abraham: Progenitor
Exodus Stage
There are about 350 silent years between
Genesis and Exodus. The Jews were in Egypt
for about 400 years (ca. 1850-1446 BC.)
The time from the departure from Egypt to
the entrance of the Promised Land was 40
years (1446-1406 BC).
GENESIS
DEUTERONOMY
NUMBERS
EXODUS
LEVITICUS
Conquest Stage
The conquest of the Land of
Canaan under Joshua covered
a period of about 30 years
(1406-1375))
Joshua 1-12
Taking the
Land
Joshua 13-24
Dividing the
Land
Northern
Campaign (11)
Central
Campaign (6-8)
Southern
Campaign
Southern
Campaign (9-10)
The 12 Judges
Othniel
Ehud
Shamgar
Barak (and Deborah)
Gideon
Tola
Jair
Jephthah
Ibzan
Elon
Abdon
Samson
Mesopotamian king
Moabites
Philistines
Canaanites
Midianites
Ammonites
Philistines
United Kingdom We
Stand
Saul
David
Solomon
King Saul
1051-1011 BC
King David
1011-971 BC
King Solomon
971-931 BC
Wrote Proverbs,
Song of Solomon,
and Ecclesiastes
Solomon’s Temple
Divided/Chaotic
Kingdom
Divided We Fall
Rehoboam
931 BC
Israel
Judah
19 Kings
19 Kings
1 Queen
All Bad
8 Good
722 BC
586 BC
NORTH
SOUTH
Israel / Ephraim
Judah
Began in 931 BC
Began in 931 BC
Total rulers: 19
Total rulers: 20
None were good
8 were good
10 tribes
2 tribes
Capital: Samaria
Capital: Jerusalem
Captured by Assyria
in 722 BC
Captured by Babylon
in 605 BC
Lasted 209 years
Lasted 326 years
Captivity Stage
70 Years
605 BC
597 BC
586 BC
Return Stage
538 BC
Zerubbabel Ezra 1-6
Esther 483-73 BC
458 BC
Ezra
Ezra 7-10
444 BC
Nehemiah
Nehemiah
Return Stage
538 BC Zerubbabel Ezra 1-6
Rebuild the Temple
458 BC Ezra
Ezra 7-10
Reform the People
444 BC Nehemiah
Neh.
Rebuild the Walls
Six Sovereign Trips
5 Major
Prophets
12 Minor
Prophets
HOSEA
JONAH
AMOS
NAHUM
HAGGAI
HABAKKUK
EZEKIEL
ZECHARIAH
ISAIAH
DANIEL
MALACHI
JEREMIAH
JOEL
MICAH
ZEPHANIAH
LAMENTATIONS
OBADIAH
Old
Testament
New
Testament
The Basic Stages of the Book of Ages
Primeval (Gen 1-11, 4 Events)
Beginning
Patriarchal (Gen 12-50, 4 People) Choosing
Exodus (400 yrs, Moses, 10 Plagues) Exiting
Conquest (Joshua, 30 yrs.)
Entering
Judges (12 Judges, 7 Cycles, 300 yrs) Failing
United Kingdom (3 kings)
United
Divided Kingdom (Judah & Israel) Divided
Captivity (3 Deportations)
Scattered
Return (3 Returns)
Gathered
12 Main Events in the OT
Creation
Fall
Flood
Tower of Babel
Abrahamic Covenant
Egyptian Bondage and Exodus
Giving of the Law
Davidic Covenant
Division of Israel and Judah
Assyrian Captivity (exile of 10 N. tribes)
Babylonian Captivity (exile of Judah)
Return from Exile
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