Is the Bible in Chronological Order?
The books of the Bible are not arranged in chronological order. Instead, they are grouped together in types of literature. These groups are the Torah, the Historical Books, the Wisdom Books, the Prophets and the New Testament, which includes the Gospels, Acts, the Epistles and Revelation.
The Torah, or Pentateuch, encompasses the first five books of the Bible, from Genesis to Deuteronomy. However, Job, which is considered a Historical Book, was written before these books and takes place sometime during the narratives of Genesis.
The Historical Books begin with Joshua and end with Esther. Some of the stories in the Historical Books are in chronological order, but as a whole, they do not follow a strict time line.
The Wisdom Books include Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs. Some scholars also include Psalms in the Wisdom Books.
The Prophets begin with Isaiah and end with Malachi. They are composed of two groups: the Major Prophets and the Minor Prophets.
The New Testament begins with the four Gospels, followed by Acts, which is considered a Historical Book. The Epistles, which includes the letters of Paul, Peter, James, Jude and John, are next. Last is the book of Revelation.