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Clarity on Timelines

It is important to remember that the primary focus of the Bible is not to provide a comprehensive scientific explanation of the natural world, but rather to communicate God’s ultimate plan of human redemption and to teach about eternity. The Holy Bible gives understanding about God’s relationship with humanity.

The main focus of the Bible is on humans, his redemption and his relationship with God and it can be the reason why the Bible is not speaking much about other species in the natural world like Dinosaurus or other early creatures. Still, among the Bible Scholars, some of them believe that references to “behemoth” and “leviathan” in the book of Job may describe large, prehistoric creatures!! (matter of interpretations and debates)

A rough and approximate timeline of the Bible can be summarized as below ( approximate, subject to debates)

The Bible is a collection of 66 books, written over a span of several centuries by various authors in different languages. The following is a rough timeline of the Bible:

1400–1200 BCE: The book of Genesis, the first book of the Old Testament, is written.

1000–586 BCE: The rest of the Old Testament books are written, including the books of the law (Torah), history, poetry, and prophecy.

586 BCE: The Babylonians conquered Jerusalem and the Temple, leading to the Babylonian Exile.

538–332 BCE: The Persian Empire allows Jews to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the Temple.

332 BCE: Alexander the Great conquered the Persian Empire.

165 BCE: The Jewish Maccabean revolt leads to an independent Jewish kingdom.

63 BCE: The Roman Empire conquers the region and makes it a province.

4 BCE–30 CE: Birth of Christ Jesus, His ministry, crucification and resurrection.

50–100 CE: The New Testament books are written, including the four Gospels, Acts, letters from the apostles, and the book of Revelation.

“Bible consists of various books and writings that were written by different authors over many centuries… but, the Bible is inspired by the Holy Spirit and contains the words of God’s self revelation about Himself. 

Apostle Paul writes in 2 Timothy 3:16 “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work”

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