Teaching the Bible Chronology

TimeWay back, probably 15 or more years ago, my husband was attending a youth event at another congregation.  There was a youth group there who did a demonstration of the “Chronology”.  Steve came home totally impressed and excited about what he had witnessed.  There were children of all ages as young as 6 years old, who were not only saying the chronology of the entire Bible, but knew which characters and events fit into each of the time periods.  This was all done in the format of a game that the kids were really enjoying.

After seeing this, Steve came home and created this information in a booklet for our own church family to learn.  We used the material for families to study at home together and then on Sunday evenings, we would all come together to work on the material and practice as a group.  Once basic information was memorized, we put all this together to play the game which starts by the leader saying, “I’m thinking of a person”.  Then with a series of sequential questions asked by the group, the information can be narrowed down to where everyone has guessed the person.

Here is the basic outline of the Chronology.  You can start with “Adam” and say it with a little rhythm that children and adults will quickly learn.  Here’s how it goes:

Patriarchal Dispensation

People & Events

  • Adam
  • Seth
  • Enos
  • Cainan
  • Mahalaleel
  • Jared
  • Enoch
  • Methuselah
  • Lamech
  • Noah
  • The Flood
  • Noah
  • Nimrod
  • Terah
  • Abraham
  • Isaac
  • Jacob & Esau
  • The Twelve Patriarchs (Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher,Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, Benjamin)
  • Amram & Jochebed
  • Moses-1st 40 years
  • Moses-2nd 40 years

Mosaic Dispensation

  • Moses-3rd 40 years
  • Joshua
  • Judges & Ruth
  • Major Kings
  • Minor Kings
  • Major Prophets
  • Minor Prophets
  • John the Baptist Jesus
  • Before or After the Death of Jesus
  • Between the Ascension & Pentecost

Christian Dispensation

  • Acts
  • The Day of Pentecost
  • Before or After the Conversion of the Gentiles
  • Before or After Paul Broke Bread with the Brethren at Troas
  • The first 7 Books Paul Wrote
  • The Second 7 Books Paul Wrote
  • The Last 8 Books of the Bible

Once we have this outline of the Bible memorized, we start learning some of the people and facts that would occur within a specific time period.  For example in the time of Adam, you would not only know facts about Adam, but also about Eve, Cain, Abel, Seth. We learn all the major characters that fit under each of the points listed above and information about each character.

In a future post, I’ll give more information about the people and facts and then give an explanation of how to play the game!  Stay tuned!


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