Everything in the Bible has a purpose. We may not understand it completely, but that’s okay. The Bible is reliable. It’s true. It’s perfect.
So how closely does the Bible track to known, accepted history? We learn about the Egyptians, the Roman Empire, the Mayans — but often without historical context. What was happening elsewhere in the world when certain Biblical events were happening? What influences were at play? These were some of the questions we set out to map.

The methodology of The Bible Time Map is two-fold:

First, to take the Bible literally and map each event mentioned on a logical timeline. This illustrates the lack of conflict with any other Biblical mention and adds contextualization. Very little outside of a direct reference in the Bible is included in this area of The Bible Time Map—essentially becoming a graphic representation of the Bible itself. Everything is supported by Scripture, which of course rounds off in years, so all dates are approximations.

Second, to line up the Bible visually with secular history as we know it. World history is illustrated in the top area of this map. While certain historical events can be pinpointed very accurately, other events, dynasties and eras are scientific consensus based on aging methods such as carbon-dating. The goal for this section is to track how closely known secular history matches Biblical history. 

The Bible Time Map represents more than just “begats” and historical alignment. It is a visual resource to help believers of Christ better understand and defend their faith, and for all people to survey the overall plan God has for mankind, to point them to Jesus Christ, our only hope for salvation.

In creating The Bible Time Map, questions about intentions have been posed. To be clear, The Bible Time Map is NOT:

  • A Defense of Old Earth verses Young Earth Creation Theory
  • Numerology
  • Bible Code Mysticism
  • End-Times Prediction
  • Doctrinal or Theological Positioning

It is primarily a graphic visualization of a literal reading of Scripture. Many theories circulate about missing generations, Ancient Near East (ANE) genealogies, cultural calendars, methods of recording the passage of time, carbon dating, and more. The goal is not to support or dispel any of these theories. Rather, it is to take the Word of God, and visually express it as written.

More comprehensive information.

The Bible Time Map attempts to list complete family relationships as described in the Bible. At a glance, you can learn about Abraham’s other six sons, how Caleb and Othniel were related, or that Esther was a Benjamite. You see the kingship lines of Judah and Israel, which prophets prophesied to which kingdom, and the priestly lineage from Aaron to the return from the Exile. All this information is in the pages of the Bible, but seeing these relationships graphically helps to bring insight and a deeper understanding of the Biblical stories we cherish. The information and details in this area of The Bible Time Map are derived almost exclusively from the Bible itself.

Seeing the bigger picture

While scientifically, we understand human history stretching back thousands of years earlier than this Map shows, no known civilization begins any earlier than what the Bible provides for in its timing. Presuming Judah’s exile in 586 BC, Bible references place Creation around 4,200 BC. The earliest Sumerian, Indus Valley and Egyptian Civilizations emerge around 3,500-3,000 BC. The point of this section of The Bible Time Map is not to argue what may have occurred prior to 4,200 BC, but to align world events with events of the Bible, to gain a deeper understanding of the geopolitical framework during the time of Moses, David or Jesus. We discover that Confucius, Pythagoras and Daniel probably lived around the same time, or that prior to the time of Moses, hieroglyphs were the prominent form of writing, and the Phoenician alphabet was developed around the time of Moses. Most of the information in this area of The Bible Time Map is obtained through various historical records and common historical and scientific consensus.

The life and ministry of Jesus Christ

We’ve all read the Gospels and have noticed events referenced in multiple Gospels. But to have a graphic map of these events across all four Books helps to show Jesus’ ministry in a more comprehensive way. We readily acknowledge that the Gospels were not all written sequentially by event—as an example, see Matthew’s and Luke’s accounts of the Centurian’s faith. Some events do not neatly align, nor should they. If everything aligned sequentially across the four Gospels, it would actually cause doubt in the authenticity of each one. But there is plenty to approximate Christ’s three-year ministry, and Passion Week, to tell a richer story.

The story continues

One of the goals of The Bible Time Map is to display the Bride of Christ throughout history. This not only includes the Apostolic Age, but also the Ante-Nicene Period prior to the canonization of scripture in 325 AD. The Church began through the Holy Spirit with great Apostles like John, Peter and Paul, and with devoted theologians like Ignatius, Polycarp, and Origen. It was led by men like Justin Martyr, Irenaeus and Cyprian of Carthage. These great leaders shepherded the Church through some of the most brutal persecutions in history. They should be remembered.

We can see the Church’s victories in Patrick’s mission to Ireland, the first printing of the Gutenberg Bible, and the Great Awakening. And we see the Church’s failures in The Great Schism, The Crusades, and The Spanish Inquisition. Throughout history we see great defenders of the Faith — Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, John Wesley, Amy Carmichael. Our understanding of Church history in relation to world events and history provide a richer and more meaningful legacy that we as Believers live out today.

Names of God

God has revealed Himself throughout the Bible. In Genesis 1:1, He is Elohim, Creator. In Exodus 3:14, He is I Am. In Psalm 23, He is Our Shepherd. In Isaiah 7:14, He is God With Us. There are many names, decriptions of God throughout the Scriptures. We have listed those names, along with their first Scriptural reference across The Bible Time Map. Each one reveals more of His character and desire to be in relationship with us, His creation.

Scale provides context

The Bible goes into great detail on construction and dimension of Noah’s Ark, the Ark of the Covenant and the Temple. While illustrations are artistic interpretations, they do display the general scale and dimensions of each as described in the Bible.

Design in the details

Aside from the content itself, the Bible Time Map is unique in other ways. Each panel spans one thousand years. The expanse of recorded history is compiled in less than seven feet of space. And it folds to 10″x14″ to be usable spread out across a table or wall, or folded down to be used panel-by-panel and fit on a bookshelf.