Here’s a simple graphical representation of the books of the Old Testament, tied to Hebrew history.
I recently came across Tim Challies’ Visual Theology series, and his Periodic Table of the Bible. The notes about that table state that he and graphic artist Josh Byers decided not to include chronology or the relative size of the books in their depiction. That was intriguing because for some unknown reason I always thought it would be nice to have a chart indicating the size of the books of the Bible—suitable for taping to dashboards or refrigerators for memorization. Inspired by Challies and Byers, I started noodling around. It seemed pretty straightforward, at first, until it was time to fill in the authors and dates.
Among reliable references there is a lot of disagreement about who actually penned the books of the Bible, and when they were written. Take the debate a step further by tying the dates of writing to Hebrew history (about which there is also considerable disagreement), and we have a formidable academic can of worms to sort through. Continue reading