One of the keys to understanding the Bible is to see the big picture- which is presented below in 12 steps designed to help you understand the broad sweep of biblical history. Each step has four sub sections, a quick summary of important events, main actors and general physical location.
This work is based upon several works and sources including:
- 30 Days To Understanding The Bible – Max E Anders I first read this 25 years ago – it deserves it’s five star reputation
- Agape Bible Study Overview a Catholic study – theological in content
- https://quizlet.com/27183699/12-eras-of-the-bible-flash-cards/ Flash cards for memorisation
12 Step Biblical OverviewA description of the Bible's big story through history in 12 steps.
|God creates everything, including humans, who rebel against God and destroy God's perfect creation
|God chooses Abraham to start a family that would make God known to the world
Rebellion (Kardesh Barnea)
40 Years Wandering
|God chooses Moses to rescue the Hebrew people from slavery in Egypt and gives them the law
|Joshua leads the Hebrew people into the promised land and conquers it.
Cycles of sin
|Samson and others were chosen as judges to govern the people for four hundred rebellious years.
|King David, is followed by mostly unrighteous kings and God eventually judges Israel sending her into captivity.
|Daniel gives leadership and encourages faithfulness amongst the exiles for the next 70 years
|Ezra leads the people back from exile to rebuild Jerusalem
|The Changing Guard
|Pharisees and others entomb the Israelites in legalism for the next four hundred years.
Death and Resurrection
|Jesus comes in fulfilment of the Old Testament prophesies of a saviour and offers salvation and the true kingdom of God. While some accept Him, most reject Him, and He is crucified, buried and resurrected.
|Peter, shortly after the Ascension of Jesus, is used by God to establish the church, God’s next major plan for humans.
Trials and Imprisonment
|God uses Paul and others to take the good news about Jesus to non-Jewish people all over the known world.