Index to this Study


A History of the Bible

Dr. William S. Sadler

An Approach to Bible Study


    1. AN APPROACH TO STUDYING THE BIBLE
  • 1. Who wrote the book under examination--and why?
  • 2. When was it written and what was the background?
  • 3. Remember: The Bible is neither history nor science.
  • 4. Compare the Bible text with the Urantia Book. (See the Paramony)
  • 5. The Bible is essentially an Oriental--at least Levantine--book.
  • 6. Study the meanings of the original text--Greek or Hebrew.
  • 7. The division of Isaiah into three parts is a good illustration of proper technique for studying the Bible.
  • 8. The use of a good Bible dictionary is very helpful, such as Harper's Bible Dictionary.
  • 9. The great problem is interpretation. What does the text really mean?
  • 10. Look for spiritual help--light. "Thy word is a lamp to my feet." Ps. 119:105.
    2. CHRONOLOGY OF BIBLE BOOKS
  • 1. The details of chronology will be considered in the study of Old and New Testament history.
  • 2.The explanation for the extra long lives of ancient personalities is found in the Urantia Book p. 857-8. The lunar month of 28 days was called a year. Thus a man living 900 years really lived only about 70 years-"three score years and ten"--a ripe old age for those days.
  • 3. Chronology of the Old Testament books
    • Genesis--1200-450 B.C.
    • Exodus--1200-450 B.C.
    • Judges--1150-550 B.C.
    • I and II Samuel--1000-500 B.C.
    • Numbers--850-400 B.C.
    • Joshua--850-350 B.C.
    • I and II Kings--850-350 B.C.
    • Amos--750 B.C.
    • Hosea--745-735 B.C.
    • Isaiah I (1-39)-740-700 B.C.
    • Micah--715-686 B.C.
    • Deuteronomy--630 B.C.
    • Jeremiah-626-586 B.C.
    • Zephaniah--625-(300) B.C.
    • Nahum--614-(300) B.C.
    • Habakkuk--600 B.C.
    • Job--600 B.C.
    • Proverbs--600-200 B.C.
    • Ezekiel --- 593-571 B.C.
    • Lamentations--570;450 B.C.
    • Leviticus--560-450 B.C.
    • Isaiah II (40-66)--546-400 B.C.
    • Haggai--520 B.C.
    • Zechariah (1-8)--520-518 B.C.
    • Psalms--500-100 B.C.
    • Obadiah--470 B.C.
    • Malachi--460 B.C.
    • Nehemiah--432 B.C.
    • Ruth--400 B.C.
    • Joel--350 B.C.
    • Jonah--350-300 B.C.
    • Zechariah (9-14)--300-200 B.C.
    • Song of Solomon--250 B.C.
    • I and II Chronicles--250 B.C.
    • Ezra--250 B.C.
    • Daniel--164 B.C.
    • Ecclesiastes--160 B.C.
    • Esther--125 B.C.
    • (Old Testament Apocrypha--about 180 B.C.)
  • 4. Chronology of the New Testament books
    • Galatians--A.D. 50
    • Thessalonian Letters--A.D. 51
    • Corinthian Letters--A.D. 53
    • Romans--A.D. 56
    • Philippians--A.D. 57
    • Colossians--A.D. 60
    • Philemon-"A.D. 61
    • Mark--A.D. 68
    • Matthew--A.D. 71
    • Luke--A.D. 82
    • Acts--A.D. 85
    • Ephesians--A.D. 95
    • Hebrews--A.D. 95
    • Revelation--A.D. 96
    • I Peter--A.D. 97
    • John--A.D. 101
    • John's Epistles--A.D. 102
    • James-A.D. 125
    • Jude--A.D. 125
    • II Peter--A.D. 150
    • Timothy, Titus--A.D. 160