These timelines offer multimedia views of key themes, people, and events related to the Bible and its reception.
Filter by themes
A History of the Text of the New Testament
This timeline looks at the journey of the New Testament text from its earliest manuscripts to the scholarly editions of today. It focuses primarily on the ancient languages and not the English translations (see also the History of the Bible in English timeline).
Key Ideas in Biblical Scholarship
Follow the key ideas and discoveries that helped scholars unravel the Bible’s secrets.
Kings of Israel and Judah
This timeline tracks the rulers of Israel and Judah in parallel with other ancient events from 1025 B.C.E. To 586 B.C.E.
Second Temple Judaism
The second temple period spans about six hundred years, beginning in the late sixth century BCE and ending with the destruction of the Jerusalem temple by the Romans in 70 CE. Throughout much of this period, Jews lived—and early Judaism developed—under foreign rule.
Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations
This timeline tracks the history of the regional and imperial powers in antiquity.
The History of the English Bible
The early history of translation of the Bible into English is entwined with the religious history of Europe.