THE BIBLE TIMELINE: The Story of Salvation

 Reading the Bible Story for The Bible Timeline: the Story of Salvation

The Bible Timeline: the Story of Salvation covers 14 books of the Bible over approximately six months of study (Those books are Genesis, Exodus, Numbers, Joshua, Judges, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, Ezra, Nehemiah, 1 Maccabees, Luke, and Acts).   Because these books are not spread evenly among the biblical time periods, the amount of reading required for each session varies greatly (for example: the first, Early World, is told in only 11 chapters of Genesis while the Royal Kingdom time period covers 1 & 2 Samuel and part of 1 Kings).

If at all possible, try to read through all 14 books ahead of time, perhaps following the Bible Timeline 90-day Reading Plan (available as a free download from www.BibleStudyforCatholics.com) or using the Bible Timeline Guided JournalWe strongly recommend this because it will give you a valuable, general overview of the Story that will prepare you to do the questions even if you don’t understand all you read.  If you can’t, don’t worry:  you can always go back and do the reading on your own after the study is done.  We urge you to do this at some time, even if you can’t do it during the study itself, because no amount of teaching can take the place of actually spending time in God’s word and allowing Him to speak to you through it.

 Keep these TIPS in mind as you read the chapters assigned in section B of each lesson, “Read the Story”:

1.  Keep your eye on the goal, which is simply to get the gist of the story.  Speed-read if you have to.  This is not the time to ask questions or to wonder how God is speaking to you in the text.  Just try to get “the big picture” of the time period.  The study questions will take you back to important sections and you can always return later to take a closer look.

2.  Establish a “parking lot” a small notebook or a few pieces of extra paper in your binder so you can jot down questions to return to at another time.  This will help you move on if you find yourself slowed down by intriguing or difficult passages.

3.  Use a simple translation for reading.  We recommend using an accurate Bible translation like the RSV-CE for study–and you will need to use one when answering the questions.  But there’s no reason you can’t use a simpler version the first time you read it through, when your goal is simply to get the flow of the story.  Some people have found it helpful to use the New Jerusalem Bible, or a paraphrase version like “The Way” Catholic Living Bible, or even a good Catholic children’s Bible for their first reading through.  Another option is to listen to the story using a Catholic audio Bible, then use a print Bible for the questions.

4.  Plan to save a thorough reading for later.  When you have finished this study, and while it is fresh in your mind, plan to take the next few months and read at your own pace through the whole story.  If you are new to the Bible, this will be much easier to do after you have the background provided in the study.  Use the 90-day Reading Plan at the back of the workbook to guide you through the story over the summer, or read it with the help of the Bible Timeline Guided Journal.

 

Course Outline and Reading Guide

 The following chart lists the “narrative book/s” (the main book or books that tell the biblical story) that will be studied for each time period and shows how they are divided among the study sessions.  It also indicates the main reading assignment and other readings from Scripture and paragraphs from the Catechism that are referenced in the questions.

Session / Title & Narrative Book Reading Assignment Other Bible Readings Catechism Readings
1 / Finding the Story in Scripture (None) (None) (None) 50-141
2 / Early World – 1 (Genesis 1-11) Genesis 1-3 John 1:1-14 73-104 (optional), 356-358, 362-373, 345-349
3 / Early World – 2(Genesis 1-11) Genesis 4-11 1 Peter 3:18-22; Acts 2:1-13 845, 1219, 1213
4 / Patriarchs – 1(Genesis 12-50) Genesis 12, 15-18, 22 Jeremiah 34:17-20; Colossians 2:11-12; James 2:13-23 143-147, 154-155, 2572
5 / Patriarchs – 2(Genesis 12-50) Genesis 25, 28, 29, 32, 37-50 Romans 9:10-13 218
6 / Egypt & Exodus – 1(Exodus) Exodus 3-5, 7, 11-12, 14, 16, 17 John 1:29; Matthew 26:17,26-28; 1 Peter 1:17-19; 1 Corinthians 5:7-8; John 6; 1 Corinthians 10:1-4 206
7 / Egypt & Exodus – 2(Exodus) Exodus 19-20, 23-25, 32-34, 40 Luke 12:16-31; Hebrews 9:4; Revelation 11:19 – 12:6 696-697
8 / Desert Wanderings(Numbers) Numbers 1-2, 10-12, 13-14, 16-17, 20, 22-24 Deuteronomy 8; Matthew 4:1-4 1897-1900
9 / Conquest & Judges – 1(Joshua and Judges) Joshua 1-4, 6-8, 23-24 Hebrews 11:31, James 2:24-26; 2 Corinthians 10:3-4; 1 Peter 2:11; 1 Timothy 6:11-12; Ephesians 6:11-18
10 / Conquest & Judges – 2(Joshua and Judges) Judges 1:1 – 3:6; 6-7; 17-21 John 20:23; Psalms 115:1-9; Ruth 1730-1748, 1210-1213, 1325, 1426,1446; 2085-2086, 2112
11 / Royal Kingdom – 1(1 Samuel) 1 Samuel 1-4, 7-12, 15-16, 26 Genesis 21:1-3, 25:21, 30:2-24; Judges 13:2, 24; Luke 1; Psalms 2, 47
12 / Royal Kingdom – 2(2 Samuel; 1 Kings 1-11) 2 Samuel 5-7, 11:1 – 12:25; 1 Kings 2:1-12, 3, 6:1 – 7:19, 10:23-29; 11 Hebrews 7:1-4, 7:14-17; Psalms 51, 110:14; Proverbs 1:1-7; Matthew 12:6, 26:61; 1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19; Deuteronomy 17:16-17 1847, 1850; 2580-2581
13 / Divided Kingdom – 1(1 Kings 12-22, 2 Kings) 1 Kings 12:1 – 14:20; 15:25 – 16:34; 18:16-39; 21; 2 Kings 2, 4, 5 I Kings 17-19; Hosea 1-3; Jonah 2582-2584
14 / Divided Kingdom – 2(1 Kings 12-22, 2 Kings) 1 Kings 14:21 – 15:8; 2 Kings 8:16-29; 11-12; 18:1 – 21:18; 20:16-18 Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Isaiah 5-6 and 22:14-24; Micah 6:1-8 552-553
15 / Exile(2 Kings 17; 18:9-12; and 24-25) 2 Kings 17; 18:9-12; and 24-25 Jeremiah 34; Matthew 18:21-35; Daniel 1-7; Mark 14:60-65; Ezekiel 34; Jeremiah 31, 33 2838-2845
16 / Return(Ezra 1-7,9-10; Nehemiah) Ezra 1, 3-7, 9:1 – 10:17; Nehemiah 2, 4:1 – 5:13, 9:32 – 10:29 Jeremiah 29:10-14; Esther
17 / Maccabean Revolt(1 Maccabees) 1 Maccabees 1-6 Sirach 2, 2 Maccabees 12:28-46; Wisdom 3:1-8 988-996; 957-958, 1030-1032
18 / Messianic Fulfillment – 1(Luke) Luke 1:1 – 9:50 Genesis 3; Exodus 17:1-7; Deuteronomy 6,8; Exodus 20; John 6 1716-1729, 2052ff; 1384
19 / Messianic Fulfillment – 2(Luke) Luke 9:51 – 19:27 Galatians 3:26 – 4:7; Matthew 18:18-20; John 20:21-23; Matthew 16:13-20; Matthew 25:31-46 2762-2766, 2803-2806; 553; 588-589
20 / Messianic Fulfillment – 3(Luke) Luke 19:28 – 24:53 Exodus 12; Isaiah 52; 1 Corinthians 5:7; 1 Peter 1:18-20; Revelation 5:6-14; John 21:1-19; Genesis 3; Hebrews 2:14-18; Isaiah 53; Galatians 3:13; Romans 6:1-14 613-614, 1340; 1213-1216, 1227-1228
21 / The Church – 1(Acts of the Apostles) Acts 1:1 – 8:4 Matthew 28:16-20; Mark 16:14-18; Luke 24:13-49; John 20:19-23; John 21:15-19; Genesis 11:1-9; 1 Timothy 3:8-13 761; 765
22 / The Church – 2(Acts of the Apostles) Acts 8:5 – 15:35 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Matthew 15:11, 19-20; Genesis 12:1-3 683ff (optional), 880-892
23 / The Church – 3(Acts of the Apostles) Acts 15:36 – 28:31 1 Thessalonians 2-4; 1 Corinthians 1:10-17, 5:1-2, 6:12-20; 8; 11:17-34; and 13; Philippians 1:12-18; Ezra 37 748ff (optional), 817-819

 

 

 

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