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Daily readings by month:
Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov | Dec

Daily readings by book:

OLD TESTAMENT, alphabetized
Genesis | Job | Exodus | Leviticus | Numbers
Deuteronomy | Joshua | Judges | Ruth
1Samuel | 1 Chronicles | 2Samuel | Psalms
1Kings | 2 Chronicles | Proverbs | SongOfSolomon
Ecclesiastes | more Psalms | 2Kings | Obadiah
Jonah | Joel | Hosea | Amos | Isaiah | Micah
Nahum | Habakkuk | Zephaniah | Jeremiah
Daniel | Ezekiel | Lamentations | Ezra | Haggai
Zechariah | Esther | Nehemiah | Malachi

NEW TESTAMENT: (plus Acts charts of Paul's trips)
Gospel, harmony: Matthew | Mark | Luke | John
Biography of the early church: Acts | Letters:
James | 1 Thessalonians | 2 Thessalonians
1 Corinthians | Galatians | Romans | 2 Corinthians
Philippians | Ephesians | Colossians | Philemon
Titus | 1Peter | 1Timothy | Jude | 2Timothy | 2Peter
Hebrews | 1 John | 2 John | 3 John | Revelation

January Daily reading days 1-31:
18 Days 1-18:GenesisJanuary 1-18Outline
10 Days 19-28:JobJanuary 19-28Outline
3+ Days 29-31:Exodus +Jan 29-31 contOutline
From eternity before creation of Earth
    1a - Pre-creation Scriptures Extra reading: before time on Earth began
What does the Bible say about what happened before God created Earth?
From God's creation of Earth, through the death of Jacob's son Joseph in Egypt
Reading Genesis 1-50
January 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18
Beginning, Adam, Eve, Noah, Shem, sacrifice, chosen, Lot, faith, covenants, Isaac, Jacob, Leah, Rachel, Canaan, favor, Egypt, Joseph, shepherd, foresee, future
Job lived about the time of Abraham (2000 BC or before)
Reading Job 1-42
January 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28
Consider, Job, Sons of God, Satan, sin, death, righteous, set times, wisdom, judgment, knowledge, works of God
Moses, Aaron, Miriam; The LORD led Israel out of Egypt
Reading Exodus 1-8
January 29 | 30 | 31
Hebrews, Egypt, slavery, Moses, God's call, hard hearts, plagues


February Daily reading days 32-59
13 Days 32-44: + Exodus February 1-13Outline
10 Days 45-54: Leviticus February 14-23Outline
5+ Days 55-59: Numbers+ February 24-28+Outline

Moses, Aaron, Miriam; The LORD led Israel out of Egypt
Reading Exodus 9-40
February 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13
Egypt, plagues, Passover, obedience, leadership, organizing, boundaries, commandments, covenant, tabernacle, movable worship, priests, testamony, gold calf, to know the LORD, weekly rest, work, holiness
The LORD works - and assigns work - from carefully laid plans.
In Exodus, He brought Israel out of Egypt
and detailed His law to Israel through Moses and Aaron.
The LORD organized Israel by law to be upheld by select priests
Reading Leviticus 1-27
February 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23
Offering laws, strange fire, consuming fire, medical and health issues, disease control, atonement, holiness, customs check, higher standard, obeying, celebrating, redeemed
While God gave priest consecration instructions in Exodus 29,
He gave the priests' job description and requirements in Leviticus
The LORD organized Israel by family tribes, governed by select priests
Reading Numbers 1-10
February 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28
Counting men, Sons of Levi, final count, clean-up, jealousy, Nazarite Vow, blessing, dedication, organized, ready to move
Organization and government
February 29 - day off Bible puzzle
March Daily reading days 60-90
11 Days 60-70: + Numbers, Psalm 90 March 1-11Outline
12 Days 71-82: Deuteronomy 1-34 March 12-23Outline
8 Days 83-90: Joshua 1-24 March 24-31Outline

The LORD organized Israel by family tribe, governed by select priests
Reading Numbers 11-36 plus Psalm 90
March 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11
Lifestyle changes, doubts, complaints, rebellion, Moses, Edom, Moab, red heifer, Baalam, Phinehas, out of the wilderness, inheritance issues
Israel's law and culture established in the wilderness
Reading Deuteronomy 1-34
March 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23
40th year of wilderness life, history, preparation, covenant life, Lord's plan, Israel, laws, legal points, Moses, man of God, Moses' death
Fear the LORD, Israel
About 1406 BC and after mourning Moses, Israel invaded Canaan
Reading Joshua 1-24
March 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28 | 29 | 30 | 31
40 years out of Egypt > wandering through the wilderness > Shittim > crossed Jordan River > Gilgal (41st Passover) > Jericho > Shechem >
After the period of mourning for Moses had passed, Israel invaded Canaan, the land promised them for generations by their LORD God.

April Daily reading days 91-120
8 Days 91-98: Judges, Ruth April 1-8Outline
7 Days 99-105: 1Samuel, 1Ch,Psalms April 9-15Outline
11 Days 106-116: 1Samuel, 1Ch,Psalms April 16-26Outline
4 Days 117-120: 1Samuel, 1Ch,2Sa,Ps April 27-30Outline
After ca 1411 BC when Joshua died, God led Israel through various judges
Reading Judges 1-21; Ruth 1-4
April 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8
Judges (starting soon after Joshua died ca 1411 BC) was probably written ca 1051 BC by Samuel while Saul reigned, part of 1 book now separated into Judges, Ruth, 1+2 Samuel, 1+2 Kings
Early lives of Samuel the seer, Saul, David, Jonathan
Reading 1 Samuel 1-14; 1 Chronicles
April 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15
Samuel wrote 1 Sam 1-24 during his lifetime. 1 Chronicles probably written by Ezra to remind the people of Israel in captivity, in exile, of their God and history with Him. Written years later.
Early life, blessings, and training of David of Bethlehem
Reading 1 Samuel 15-30; 1 Chronicles; Psalms
April 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26
Psalms - Moses wrote one and David wrote many, but not all.
David follows Saul as King of Israel
Reading 1 Sam 31; 2 Sam 1-5; 1 Chronicles; Psalms
April 27 | 28 | 29 | 30
1+2 Samuel probably written by Samuel, Gad, and Nathan as part of 1 book now separated into Judges, Ruth, Samuel, Kings

May Daily reading days 121-151

15 Days 121-135: 1Ch, 2Sam, Ps, 1Ki May 1-15Outline
5 Days 136-140: 1Ch, 2Sam, Ps, 1Ki May 16-20Outline
1 Day 141: 2Chron, 1Kings May 21Outline
8 Days 142-149: Proverbs 1-29 May 22-29Outline
2 Days 150-151: 2Chron, 1Kings, Ps May 30-31Outline

King David planned to move the Ark of the Covenant
Reading in 1Chr, 2Sam, Psalms, 1Kings
May 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15
David sought and praised God. His house, his family, grew. His humility turned arrogant. He was betrayed by men and failed. Often facing death, he would call to the Lord.
King David's later life and death
Reading in 1Chr, 2Sam, 1Kings
May 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20
Ezra may have complied 1Kings from saved records after Israel's captivity and return to Jerusalem, 459 BC.
Solomon's early days as king of Israel
Reading in 2Chr 1, 1Kings 3-4
May 21
2 Chronicles, originally 1 book with 1 Chronicles, contains many things omitted in the Books of Kings.
King Solomon collected wise sayings
Reading in Proverbs 1-29
May 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28 | 29
Proverbs were collected and/or written by Solomon. The author of Proverbs 30 may have been Agur, and of Proverbs 31 may have been King Lemuel, probably after King Hezekiah.
King Solomon built the Lord's temple, and had many successes
Reading in 2Chr, 1Ki, Psalms
May 30 | 31
Psalms: David's psalms were sung in worship, and there were more psalms to come later.


June Daily reading days 152-181
7 Days 152-158: 1Kings, 1Chron, Psalms: June 1-7Outline
14 Days 159-172: 2Chr, 1Ki, Song, Eccles, Psalms : June 8-21Outline
7 Days 173-179: 2Chr, Psalms, 1Ki: June 22-28Outline
2 Days 180-181: Obadiah, Jonah, Joel, Hosea: June 29-30Outline

King Solomon had the Temple built from plans his father David had left him. What praise!
June 1-7 readings in: 1Kings, 1Chron, Psalms

ca 1035 BC, Solomon was probably born (1 Chronicles 22:5; 29:1); ca 1018 BC, he became king of Israel.

King Solomon's building projects, commercial prosperity, wives, God-given wisdom, fame, then decline.
June 8-21 readings in: 2Chr, 1Ki, Song, Eccles, Psalms
ca 1012 BC, Solomon wrote of love in the Song of Solomon. Later in life, he wrote of vanity in Ecclesiastes
Charts of kings and prophets of Israel and Judah following Solomon
Israel and Judah split, with separate kings and prophets ca 922 BC *
June 22-28 readings in: 2Chr, Ps 42, 2Ki
Israel's king Jehoshaphat and prophets Elijah and Elisha
Prophets Obadiah (ca 845 BC?), Jonah (ca 820 BC), Joel (ca 800 BC), Hosea (ca 784 to 723 BC)

June 29-30 readings: Obadiah 1, Jonah 1-4, Joel 1-3, Hosea 1-5
See chart #1 of prophets in relation to the reigning kings of Judah and Israel
* Prophet Obadiah warned non-believers about Edom's future destruction after 1 of 4 destructions of Jerusalem.
* Prophet Jonah warned non-believers in Ninevah, Assyria while Jeroboam II ruled Israel
* Prophet Joel warned Judah maybe with Uzziah king and Jeroboam II king of Israel
* Prophet Hosea warned Israel with Jeroboam II still king.
* Israel fell to Assyria, 721 BC


July Daily reading days 182-212
2 Days 182-183 Continued: Hosea July 1-2Outline King JeroboamII
2 Days 184-185 2Chr 26, Amos 1-9 July 3-4Outline King JeroboamII
3 Days 186-188 Isaiah, 2Kings, 2Chr July 5-7Outline Kings Uzziah, Jotham
3 Days 189-191 Micah 1-7, 2Kings 16-17 July 8-10Outline Kings Ahaz, Hezekiah
21 Days 192-212 Isaiah, Nahum, 2Kings, 2Chr, Psa, Prov July 11-31Outline Kings Hezekiah - Josiah

The prophet Hosea called the hurt people of Israel to go to God for healing (ca 784-723 BC)
July 1-2 reading: Hosea 6-14
ca 784-723 BC, Hosea delievered the only known written prophecies to Israel. Jeroboam II was king.
The prophet Amos relayed God's warnings to countries near Israel, such as Syria, Gaza, more (ca 760 BC)
July 3-4 readings: 2Chr 26, Amos 1-9
ca 760 BC (ISBE), Amos, a prophet from Judah spoke to Israel during the middle of Jeroboam II's reign, while Uzziah was king of Judah. Zechariah 14:5: earthquake
The prophet Isaiah had revelations for Judah from God about repenting, war, visions. (ca 740 BC)
July 5-7 readings: Isaiah 1-9, 2Kings 15; 2Chr 27-28
ca 740 BC (ISBE), Isaiah, a prophet who delivered messages to Judah kings Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah
The prophet Micah spoke of Covenants and Mercy to Judah. (ca 720s? BC)
July 8-10 readings: Micah 1-7, 2Kings 16-17
ca 720s BC ? (ISBE), Micah, a prophet, a younger contemporary of Isaiah, gave God's messages to Judah kings Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah
    Israel is removed, by Assyria, from the Lord's presence
The prophet Nahum predicted eventual complete, final destruction of the Assyrian capital Nineveh. (ca 663-607 BC)
July 11-31 readings: Nahum; Isaiah; 2Kings; 2Chr; Psa, Prov
ca 663-607 BC: A prophet of God in Judah perhaps during the reigns of Ahaz and Hezekiah, or later during Josiah's reign.
    "Assyria's wounds are fatal, although as yet they continue their endless cruelty, unaware of what's coming upon them"


August Daily reading days 213-243
1 Day 213 2Chr 34; Habakkuk August 1OutlineKing Josiah
2 Days 214-215 Zephaniah; 2Kings; Psa August 2-3Outline King Josiah
1 Day 216 Jeremiah 1-3 August 4Outline King Josiah
4 Days 217-220 Jeremiah 4-17 August 5-8Outline King Josiah
2 Days 221-222 Jer 18-20,23; 2Chr; 2Ki; Jer 22 August 9-10Outline King Jehoiakim
4 Days 223-226 Daniel 1-3; Jeremiah August 11-14Outline Nebuchadnezzar
King Jehoiakim
1 Day 227 2Chr; 2Ki; Jeremiah August 15Outline Nebuchadnezzar
King Jehoiachin
2 Days 228-229 Jeremiah 29,50,51 August 16-17Outline Nebuchadnezzar
King Zedekiah
1 Day 230 Ezekiel 1-4 August 18Outline Nebuchadnezzar
King Zedekiah
4 Days 231-234 Ezekiel 5-19 August 19-22Outline Nebuchadnezzar
King Zedekiah
2 Days 235-236 Ezekiel 20-23 August 23-24Outline Nebuchadnezzar
King Zedekiah
1 Day 237 2Ki; Ez24; Jer 21,38 August 25Outline Nebuchadnezzar
King Zedekiah
1 Day 238 Jer 37,32,33 August 26Outline Nebuchadnezzar
King Zedekiah
3 Days 239-241 Jer; Psa; Ezekiel; 2Ki August 27-29Outline Nebuchadnezzar
Zedekiah exiled
2 Days 242-243 Ezekiel; Lamentations August 30-31Outline Nebuchadnezzar


The prophet Habakkuk asked God about punishments, and wrote the answers in a book. (ca 701 BC, 650-627 BC, or 621-615 BC)
August 1 reading: 2Chr 34; Habakkuk 1-3
ca 701 BC, 650-627 BC, or 621-615 BC: there's a big question of when this prophecy was written; during the reign of Josiah or later
The prophet Zephaniah told Josiah that transgressions lead to judgement before salvation (ca 630-625 BC)
August 2-3 reading: Zephaniah; 2Kings; Psa 44
ca 630-625 BC, early in Josiah's reign of Judah, before his 18th year revival of Passover, Zephaniah had revelations from God for Judah.
The prophet Jeremiah relayed God's revelations from the 13th year of Josiah's reign to beyond the final kings of Judah. (ca 627-586 BC)
August 4 reading: Jeremiah 1-3
ca 627-586 BC, Jeremiah and Zephaniah were contemporaries.
Relaying God's final warnings to Jerusalem, Jeremiah was largely ignored. (ca 612 BC)
August 5-8 readings: Jeremiah 4-17
ca 612 BC - Nebuchadnezzar's father, Nabopolassar of Babylon, and father-in-law, Cyaxerxes of the Medes, conquered the Assyrian city of Nineveh
Jewish Prophet Jeremiah survived the final kings of Judah (ca 609 BC)
August 9-10 readings: Jeremiah; 2 Chronicles; 2Kings
ca 609 BC: On Pharaoh Necho's way to meet the Babylonians at Carchemish in Syria, Judah's King Josiah tried to stop Egypt from the intended battle. Josiah was killed at Megiddo and buried at Jerusalem.
ca 609: Jehoahaz (aka Shallum) began a 3 mo reign before Egypt replaced him.
ca 609-605 BC: Judah was under Egyptian control after the death of King Josiah.
ca 608 BC: Pharaoh Necho established Josiah's second son Jehoiakim (aka Eliakim) as the puppet king of Judah. Reigned 11 years.
Born during Josiah's reign in Judah, the young Daniel was exiled to Babylon as Nebuchadnezzar's solo reign began. (ca 606 BC)
August 11-14 readings: Daniel 1-3; Jeremiah (various)
ca 606 BC - Jehoiakim's 4th year as king was Nebuchadnezzar's 1st year solo reign of Babylonia at the death of his father and co-ruler, Nabopolasser.
606 BC - Nebuchadnezzar drove Egypt out of Carchemish and south toward Palestine (coastal Philistine territory).
606 BC - Nebuchadnezzar besieged Jerusalem in Jehoiakim's 3rd or 4th year.
606 BC - Nebuchadnezzar carried off Daniel and other young Jewish nobility, plus articles from the temple to Babylon in the fourth year of the reign of Jehoiakim.

Finally Babylon's seige overcame Jehoiachin's reign in Judah (ca 604-598 BC)
August 15 reading: parts of 2Ch36; 2 Kings 24; Jer 22, 24, 27(parts), 28
ca 604 BC - Having moved through Philistine land, Nebuchadezzar fought Egypt, led by Pharaoh Necho, but Babylonia - unable to conquer Egypt - soon returned home.
ca 604 BC - Seeing Egypt's apparent victory, Jehoiakim of Judah switched allegance back to Egypt from Babylonia.
ca 598 BC - Nebuchadezzar sent his army to retake Judah from its Egyptian allegiance.
ca 598 BC - After 10 years, in his 11th year, Jehoiakim unexpectedly died, and his son Jehoiachin became king.

EVENT: (JECONIAH, CONIAH) JEHOIACHIN, aged 18, became king of Judah
ca 598 BC - Jehoiachin had reigned 3 months in 598 BC when he surrendered Jerusalem to Babylonia, as the prophet Jeremiah had told his father must be done.
Thousands went into Babylonian exile, including Ezekiel, Esther with her uncle Mordecai, King Jehoiachin, the queen mother, the eunuchs, princes of Judah and Jerusalem, craftsmen, smiths.
Judah's final king, Zedekiah, ruled under Babylon (ca 598 BC)
August 16-17 readings: Jer 29, 50, 51
EVENT: In Babylon, King Jehoiachin (Jeconiah) was in his 1st of 37 years in prison (ca 598-561 BC)
EVENT: Judah's final king of David's line ZEDEKIAH (aka MATTANIAH)'s 11 year reign began (aged 21) ca 598 BC
Ezekiel from Judah to Babylon, began prophecying in Jehoiachin's 5th year of captivity (ca 594 BC)
August 18 reading: Ezekiel 1-4
* In Judah, Jeremiah continued prophesying
* In Judah, the 5th year of Zedekiah's 11 yr reign (ca 594-593 BC)
* In Babylon, King Jehoiachin (Jeconiah) was in his 5th year of captivity (ca 594-593 BC)
* In Babylon, Ezekiel began prophesying to fellow Jews
Ezekiel prophesied in the 6th year of exile in Babylon (ca 593-592 BC)
August 19-20 reading: Ezekiel 5-12
* In Jerusalem, ZEDEKIAH was in the 6th year of his 11 yr reign (ca 593-592 BC)
Ezekiel (ca 593-592 BC)
August 21 reading: Ezekiel 13,14,15,16:40
* In Babylon, King Jehoiachin (Jeconiah) remained in prison; Ezekiel continued prophesying
* In Judah, King Zedekiah was still angry, not repentant, by Jeremiah's prophesies
Continuing Ezekiel's 6th year of exile; 5 years before Jerusalem fell (ca 593-592 BC)
August 22 reading: Ezekiel 16:41, 17, 18, 19
Ezekiel's 7th year in exile; 4 years before Jerusalem fell (ca 592-591 BC)
August 23-24 reading: Ezekiel 20-23
Ezekiel prophesied in Babylon; Jeremiah prophesied in Judah (ca 590-588 BC)
August 25 reading: 2Ki 25:1; Ez24; Jer 21,38
* In Babylon, King Jehoiachin (Jeconiah) was in his 9th year in prison
* In Judah, Zedekiah approached the end of 11 years as king of Judah
EVENT: ca 589 BC - with only Tyre, Egypt, and perhaps Ammon supporting Judah, Babylonian troops returned and captured most of Judah except for Jerusalem
EVENT: ca 589 BC - Egyptian Pharaoh Necho II had died in 595 BC. Now his son Pharaoh Psamtik II died, replaced by his son Apries (aka Hophra) (589-570 BC)
EVENT: ca 588 BC - Jerusalem was under siege. When Egypt's Pharaoh Hophra sent an army to aid Jerusalem, Babylonia left the siege to turn back the Egyptian forces.
* As in years earlier, remaining Jews believed God had delivered Jerusalem - until Babylonian forces returned from defeating Egyptian forces.
King Zedekiah's time was coming to an end; Jeremiah continued urging him (ca 587 BC)
August 26 reading: Jeremiah 37,32,33
TIME: 587 BC - ZEDEKIAH's 10th of 11 yr reign; Jerusalem still under siege
Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and psalmists (ca 587-586 BC)
August 27-29 reading:
Jer 34; Ps 46,77,85; Ezek 29
Ps 74,79,83,88,121
Ezek 30,31; 2Ki 25:2-21; Jer 39
* In July of 587/586 BC - the Babylonian siege finally succeeded to breach the walls of Jerusalem and conquer the city.
* TIME: 587/586 BC - Babylonia captured holy city of Jerusalem and defiled the temple
* ZEDEKIAH was captured in his 11th year. After watching his sons killed, he was blinded and forced to Babylon to die.
* DATE: ca 585-572 BC - Nebuchadnezzar besieged Tyre for 13 years to a stand-off
* NOTE: Pharaoh Hophra (aka Apries) stayed in power in Egypt until overthrown by army general Amasis in 570 BC
* DATE: When Jerusalem fell, Jehoiachin (Jeconiah) didn't know that he was in the 11th of 37 years in a Babylonian prison (ca 598-561 BC)
Jeremiah's Lamentations over Jerusalem (during final days of the kingdom and soon after 629-586 BC)
August 30-31 readings: Ezekiel 26-28; Lam 1:1-3:66
* Mourning lamentations written by the prophet Jeremiah after Nebuchadnezzar's army captured Jerusalem and took most of the remaining Jews into captivity in Babylonia.


September Daily reading days 244-273
Local History chart

4 Days 244-247 Lament.; Jer; 2Ki; Ezek; 2Chr September 1-4OutlineKing Nebuchadnezzar
4 Days 248-251 Psalms (various); Ezek 32-39 September 5-8OutlineKing Nebuchadnezzar
3 Days 252-254 Ezek 40-48 September 9-11OutlineKing Nebuchadnezzar
1 Day 255 Daniel 4,7; 2Ki 25; Jer 52 September 12OutlineLater Babylonian kings
2 Days 256-257 Daniel 8,5,9;11,6 September 13-14OutlineBabylonians/Medes&Persians
1 Day 258 2Ch 36; Ps 126; Ezra 1-4:5 September 15OutlineKing Cyrus
2 Days 259-260 Daniel 10,12; Ezra 4:6-24; Haggai, Zechariah September 16-17OutlineKings Cyrus, Darius I
1 Day 261 Zechariah 5-6; Ezra 5-6:12 September 18OutlineKing Darius I's 4th-6th yrs
1 Day 262 Zechariah 7-11 Temple rebuilt September 19OutlineKing Darius I's 7th yr
DATE: ca 515 BC - 70 AD - Dates of the second temple
1 Day 263 Zechariah 12-14; Ezra 6:13-22 Israel's future September 20OutlineKing Darius I's reign
DATE: ca 485 BC - Persian King Darius I "the Great" reigned until ca 485 BC.
DATE: ca 485-465 BC - His son, Xerxes I the Great, (aka Ahasuerus), ruled the Persian Empire
1 Day 264 Esther 1-4 September 21OutlineKing Xerxes I's 3-12th yrs
1 Day 265 Esther 5-10 Persia: First Purim September 22OutlineKing Xerxes I
DATE: ca 465 BC - 20th year of reign of Xerxes I the Great - Esther's husband - died
DATE: ca 465-424 BC - Artaxerxes I Longimanus, son of Xerxes I, ruled the Persian Empire
DATE: ca 458 BC - 7th year of the reign of Artaxerxes I Longimanus
1 Day 266 Ezra 7-10:17 back in Israel September 23OutlineArtaxerxes I Longimanus
5 Days 267-271 Ezra 10:18-44; Nehemiah 1-12 back in Israel September 24-28OutlineArtaxerxes I Longimanus
1 Day 272 Malachi 1-4; Nehemiah 13 September 29OutlineArtaxerxes I Longimanus
Power shifts: Persia, to Greece (330 BC), to Rome
About 6-4 BC - The New Testament

1 Day 273 Luke 1; John 1:1-9 September 30Outlinevarious Roman rulers


The Fall of Jerusalem (ca 586 BC); long-term Jewish Babylonian exile continues
September 1-4 readings: Lament.; Jer; 2Ki; Ezek; 2Chr
* About 589, 587, 586 BC, Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon laid siege to Jerusalem and defiled the temple
NOTE: Jeremiah is believed to have written the poems for the book of Lamentations that same year.
* About 589 BC, Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon appointed Gedaliah as governor of the land of Judah
12th year of the Jewish exile in Babylonia (ca 574 BC)
September 5-8 readings: Psalms; Ezekiel
* Terrorism, exile, disaster, recovery
13-25th year of the Jewish exile in Babylonia (ca 573-561 BC)
September 9-11 readings: Ezekiel 40-48
* DATE: Ezekiel prophesied to Jews in Babylonia until about 573/2 BC when, after encouraging the Jews to consider their unique relationship with God, Ezekiel died in the land of exile.
* DATE: c 572 BC - end of Babylonian siege of Tyre.
Jewish exile in Babylonia continues (ca 568-539 BC)
September 12 readings: Dan 4; 2Ki 25; Jer 52; Dan 7
DATE: ca 568 BC - Nebuchadnezzar fought Phoenicia and Egypt, then returned to rebuild and upgrade the city of Babylon. wikipedia.org
DATE: ca 562 BC - Nebuchadnezzar died after a 43 year reign (ca 605-562 BC)
DATE: ca 562–560 BC - Nebuchadnezzar's son Amel-Marduk (aka Evil-Merodach) reigned ca 2 years
DATE: ca 561 BC - Amel-Marduk (aka Evil-Merodach) brought Judah's former king Jehoiachin (Jeconiah) out of prison after 37 years (ca 598-561 BC)
DATE: ca 560 BC - Evil-Merodach was assasinated by brother-in-law, Neriglissar.
DATE: ca 560–556 BC - Nergal-sharezer (aka Neriglissar) reigned Babylonia ca 4 years
DATE: ca 556 BC - Neriglissar's boy son, Labashi-Marduk's short reign; assasinated
DATE: ca 556-539 - An Assyrian from Harran, Nabonidus became king of Babylon for ca 17 years after Labashi-Marduk was killed, but he shared the throne with his son, Belshazzar
DATE: ca 553-539 - Belshazzar became co-regent in charge of Babylonian defense with his father temporarily pursuing other interests
DATE: ca 539 BC - Babylon captured by Darius the Mede and his nephew Cyrus the Great of Persia (Cyrus II) as Babylonia became part of the Achaemenid Empire (map)
With the Jews still exiled, Babylonia was overtaken by the Medes and Persians (ca 539 BC)
September 13-14 readings: Daniel 8,5,9;11,6
DATE: ca 539 BC - King Belshazzar lost the Babylonian Empire in one night when Darius the Mede and Cyrus the Great took the kingdom of Babylon
DATE: ca 539 BC - Probably Darius the Mede was also named Cyaxares II, 62 year old uncle of Cyrus the Great, referred to in the book of Daniel.
DATE: ca 538 BC - "Decree of Cyrus" by Cyrus the Great gave the Jews (Judahites) permission to return to the Judah (Yehud) province to rebuild the Temple at Jerusalem.
DATE: ca 537 BC - Darius the Mede died and Cyrus was sole king, per PresentTruth.com and PhiloLogos.org
Priest Ezra wrote the book of Ezra (and other books) (ca 539 BC)
September 15 reading: 2Ch 36; Ps 126; Ezra 1-4:5
DATE: ca 539-520 BC - Jewish captivity in the Persian Empire (previously Babylonian Empire) was decreed ended
DATE: ca 539-520 BC - 42,360 Jews returned to Judah, which was once again called Israel.
In the 2nd year of Darius, Haggai (6th month) and Zechariah (8th month) began getting messages from God for Israel. (ca 520 BC)
September 16-17 readings: Daniel 10,12; Ezra 4:6-24; Haggai, Zechariah
TIMELINE of the Medes and Persians Empire
(Persia is now Iran)
DATE: ca 537-520 BC - From the third year of Cyrus king of Persia to his death, construction on the Second Temple was approved
DATE: ca 530-522 BC - Cyrus's son, Cambyses II (aka Artaxerxes) ruled the Persian Empire, but spent much time in Egypt. He shut down construction on the temple.
DATE: ca 522 BC - A usurper sometimes known as Smerdis reigned 7 months
DATE: ca 522-485 BC - Darius I the Great ruled the Persian Empire
DATE: ca 520 BC - in the 2nd year of Darius I, Haggai (6th month) and Zechariah (8th month) began getting messages from God for Israel.
In the 4th to 6th year of Darius I (ca 518-516 BC)
September 18 reading: Zechariah 5-6; Ezra 5-6:12
DATE: ca 518-516 BC - the 4th to 6th year of Darius I
The 2nd Temple in Jerusalem was completed during the 7th year of Darius I (ca 515 BC)
September 19 reading: Zechariah 7-11
DATE: ca 515 BC - the 7th year of Darius I
God reveals the future of Jerusalem and Israel during the reign of Darius I (prior to about 485 BC)
September 20 reading: Zechariah 12-14; Ezra 6:13-22
DATE: ca 515-485 BC - the rest of the Persian reign of Darius I
DATE: ca 485-465 BC - The son of Darius I, Xerxes I the Great, (aka Ahasuerus), ruled the Persian Empire, where many Jews had remained
Esther became the wife of Xerxes I the Great, (aka Ahasuerus) (ca 485-473 BC)
September 21 reading: Esther 1-4
DATE: ca 485-465 BC - Xerxes I the Great, (aka Ahasuerus), ruled the Persian Empire, which included many Jews
The Book of ESTHER was written about Jews still living in Shushan and the citadel of Susa, fortress capital of the Persian Empire, which had conquered the Babylon Empire, after Jewish captivity was decreed over and 42,360 Jews had returned ca 50 years before to Israel to rebuild the Temple.
Some Jews served Xerxes I the Great, (aka Ahasuerus) (ca 485-473 BC)
September 22 reading: Esther 5-10
DATE: ca 473 BC - 12th year of Xerxes I the Great, (aka Ahasuerus) - Haman organized a Jewish holocaust throughout the Persian Empire.
DATE: ca 465 BC - 20th year of reign of Xerxes I the Great - Esther's husband - died
DATE: ca 465-424 BC - Artaxerxes I Longimanus, son of Xerxes I, ruled the Persian Empire
Artaxerxes I Longimanus allowed Ezra to lead more Jews back to Jerusalem (ca 458-457 BC)
September 23 reading: Ezra 7-10:17
DATE: ca 458-457 BC - In the 7-8th years of the reign of Artaxerxes I Longimanus, Ezra led a Jewish group back to Jerusalem
Artaxerxes I Longimanus's cup bearer Nehemiah prayed and planned for rebuilding Jerusalem (ca 445 BC)
September 24-28 readings: Ezra 10:18-44; Nehemiah 1-12
DATE: ca 445 BC - In the 20th year of the reign of Artaxerxes I Longimanus, Nehemiah returned to Israel with Jewish workers to repair Jerusalem
Artaxerxes I Longimanus's cup bearer Nehemiah and Malachi were contemporaries (ca 420s BC)
September 29 reading: Malachi 1-4; Nehemiah 13
Keeping our eyes on Israel and Jerusalem:
PERSIAN EMPIRE
DATE: ca 420s BC - In the latter part of the 41 year reign of Artaxerxes I Longimanus, Malachi and Nehemiah report from Jerusalem
DATE: ca 424 BC - in his 41st year, Artaxerxes I Longimanus of the Persian Empire died
DATE: ca 424 BC - Xerxes II, son of Artaxerxes I, began his 45 day rule of the Persian Empire
DATE: from ca 424-330 BC - 6 more kings ruled the Persian Empire until its fall to Greece in 330 BC
GREEK EMPIRE
DATE: from ca 330 BC to ca 146 BC - Greek power continued through the Hellenistic period
DATE: from ca 312 BC to ca 63 BC - Egypt and the Seleucid Empire were states set up from dividing Alexander the Great’s Greek empire after 323 BC.
DATE: from ca 163 BC - Maccabean Revolt in Israel by Jewish rebels
Hasmonean Kingdom of ISRAEL
DATE: from ca 140 BC to ca 37 BC - After the Greek Seleucid Empire disintegrated and under the Hasmoneans, Israel (Judah) became fully independent.
ROMAN EMPIRE
DATE: from ca 37 BC - ca 92 AD - the Herodian Dynasty ended when King Agrippa II died.


Writings between the time of Malachi and Matthew:
Canons of the Hebrew Bible, by Dennis Bratcher

POLITICAL RULERS over Israel

- in Judea: Herod the Great | Herod Agrippa I | Herod "Agrippa" II
- in Syria Quirinius, governor of Syria who ordered a census in Judea (Luke 2:2)
- in Roman Empire Ceasar Augustus (Luke 2:1) | Tiberius
- in Galilee Herod Antipas had John the Baptist killed and mocked Jesus in his trial



The New Testament
Harmony of four Gospels of Jesus Christ:

Book of MATTHEW - Introduction
"..this Gospel was written for Jewish Christians of Palestine. (Matthew's) great object is to prove that Jesus of Nazareth was the promised Messiah, and that in him the ancient prophecies had their fulfilment." Easton's Bible Dictionary
Book of MARK - Introduction
"(Mark's) Gospel is a rapid succession of vivid pictures loosely strung together without much attempt to bind them into a whole or give the events in their natural sequence." Easton's Bible Dictionary
Book of LUKE - Introduction
Luke was a gentile and a physician. He was not an eye witness of Jesus, but became a believer while eye witnesses were still alive to be interviewed.
Book of JOHN - Introduction
"..there is a picture on the one hand of the antagonism of the world to the truth revealed in him, and on the other of the spiritual blessedness of the few who yield themselves to him as the Light of life" Reuss, Easton's Bible Dictionary

Good News from Israel (ca 4 BC-30 AD) under Roman rule
September 30 reading: Luke 1; John 1:1-9
* Luke wrote down eye witness interviews.
* John wrote about what he had understood about Jesus and seen himself.


October Daily reading days 274-304
Roman Empire and the Jewish Messiah with daily Gospel readings

1 Day 273 Luke 1:1-80; John 1:1-9 September 30OutlineJesus: early facts
3 Days 274-276 Lk 2-4; Mt 1-4; Mk 1; Jn 1-2 October 1-3OutlineEarly events
2 Days 277-278 Mt 5-8; Mk 1,4; Lk 5,7,8 October 4-5OutlineSermon on Mount
3 Days 279-281 Mt 8,9,12; Mk 5,2,3; Lk 8,5,6; Jn 2,3,4 October 6-8OutlineHeal and teach
2 Days 282-283 Mt10,4,11,14; Mk3,6,1; Lk6,9,3,7,8; Jn5 October 9-10OutlineChoosing apostles
2 Days 284-285 Mt 12,9,13; Mk 3,6,4; Lk 11,8,13; Jn 5 October 11-12OutlineParable teaching
5 Days 286-290 Mt14,13,15,16; Mk6,7,8,9; Lk9; Jn6,7,8,9 October 13-17OutlineTeach, heal
4 Days 291-294 Mt 17,18; Mk 9; Lk 9,11-18 October 18-21OutlineFollowing Jesus' doctrine
3 Days 295-297 Mt17,18,19,20; Mk 10; Lk9,10,18,19; Jo10,11 October 22-24OutlineFinal tour
2 Days 298-299 Mt21; Mk 10,11; Lk19; Jo11,12 October 25-26OutlineBethany miracle
3 Days 300-302 Mt21,22,23,24; Mk 11,12,13; Lk19,20,21 October 27-29OutlineTeaching, Warnings
2 Days 303-304 Mt24,25,26; Mk 13,14; Lk21,22; Jo16 October 30-31OutlineParables, Passover

* Good News from Israel (ca 6/4 BC-30 AD) under Roman rule | Index
September 30 reading: Gospel Reading Day #1
273 (G 1): Luke 1:1-80; John 1:1-9 (89 vs)
Commentary: Reactions to Angel Messages (Luke 1-2:24)
* Luke wrote down eye witness interviews, including about the angels
* John wrote what he understood by revelation about Jesus and had seen himself.
* Facts, stories, events of Jesus' early life (ca 6/4 BC-30 AD) Local history chart | Index
October 1-3 readings:
10/1) 274 (G 2): Lk 2:1-52; 3:23-38; Mt 1:1-25; 2:1-23 (116 vs)
 2) 275 (G 3): Mk 1:1-13; Lk 3:1-18; 3:21-22; 4:1-13; Mt 3:1-17; 4:1-11; Jn 1:10-28 (93 vs)
 3) 276 (G 4): Mk 1:15-39; Lk 4:14-44; Mt 4:13-25; Jn 1:29-51; 2:1-12 (104 vs)
Commentary: Jesus' Background and Preparation (Matt 1-4)
Commentary: In The Beginning Was The Word (John 1-3)
Commentary: Healing, Forgiveness, and Answering Questions (Mark 1-3)
* More on disciples and works
* Jesus' Sermon on the Mount (ca 28 AD - per Jn 2:20) Local history chart | Index
October 4-5 readings:
 4) 277 (G 5): Mt 5:1-48; 6:1-34 (82 vs)
 5) 278 (G 6): Mt 7:1-29; 8:1-27; Mk 1:40-45, 4:35-41; Lk 5:12-16, 7:1-17, 8:22-25 (95vs)
Commentary: Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5-7)
Commentary: Preparation of a Promise (Luke 2:25-3:38)
* Map of Palestine during Jesus' life
* Jesus Heals, Teaches, Answers Questions (ca 28 AD) Local history chart | Index
October 6-8 readings:
 6) 279 (G 7): Mt 8:21-34, 9:18-26, 9:1-8; Mk 5:1-43, 2:1-12; Lk 8:26-56, 5:17-26 (120 vs)
 7) 280 (G 8): Jn 2:13-25, 3:1-36, 4:1-4; Mt 9:9-17; Mk 2:13-22; Lk 5:1-11, 5:27-39 (96 vs)
 8) 281 (G 9): Jn 4:5-54; Mt 12:1-21; Mk 2:23-28, 3:1-12; Lk 6:1-11 (100 vs)
Commentary: Spiritual Power Throughout Attacks (Luke 4:1-6:19)
Commentary: When Words of Praise Don't Count (John 4-5)
Commentary: Watch Jesus Teach, Explain, and Heal (Matthew 8-10:23)
* Map of Palestine during Jesus' life * Passover * Healing * Sabbath
* Jesus Chooses Apostles from His Disciples (ca 28 AD) Local history chart | Index
October 9-10 readings:
  9) 282 (G10): Mt 10:1-42; Mk 3:13-19; Lk 6:12-49, 9:1-6 (93 vs)
10) 283 (G11): Mt 4:12, 11:1-30, 14:3-5; Mk 6:7-13, 1:14; Lk 3:19-20, 7:18-50, 8:1-3 ; Jn 5:1-30 (110 vs)
Commentary: Practical Applications for a Godly Life (Luke 6:19-7:50)
Commentary: Spreading His Message: Healing, Parables, and Hometown Disbelief (Mk 4-6:11)
Dictionary words: * Apostle * Healing * Parables * Parables of Jesus
* Jesus Heals Then Teaches With Parables per Ps 78:2 (ca 28 AD) Local history chart | Index
October 11-12 readings:
11) 284 (G12): Mt 12:22-50, 9:27-38; Mk 3:20-35,6:1-6,Lk 11:14-26,8:19-21,8:4-8; Jn 5:31-47 (110 vs)
12) 285 (G13): Mt 13:1-53; Mk 4:1-34; 8:14-21; Lk 8:9-18 (92 vs)
Commentary: Parable and Life Teachings (Mt 13:1-15:20)
Commentary: He did WHAT? He said WHAT? (Lk 8-9:27)
Dictionary words: * Parables * Parables of Jesus
* Jesus Teaches and Heals (ca 28 AD) Local history chart | Index
October 13-17 readings:
13) 286 (G14): Mt 14:1-2,6-33; Mk 6:14-52; Lk 9:7-17; Jn 6:1-15 (95 vs)
14) 287 (G15): Mt 14:34-36, 13:54-58, Mk 6:53-56, Jn 6:16-71, 7:1-13 (81vs)
15) 288 (G16): Jn 7:14-53, 8:1-59 (99 vs)
16) 289 (G17): Mt 15:1-28; Mk 7:1-30; Jn 9:1-41 (99 vs)
17) 290 (G18): Mt 15:29-39, 16:1-28; Mk 7:31-37, 8:1-38, 9:1; Lk 9:18-27 (95vs)
Commentary: Kingdom Membership (Mt 10:24-12:50)
Commentary: Invited To Eat HIS Words (Jn 6-7:32)
Commentary: Words To Set You Free (Jn 7:33-9:41)
Commentary: From Healing to Getting the Message (Mk 6:12-8:16)
Commentary: Teaching Through Conflict (Mt 15:21-18:14)
Dictionary words: * John the Baptist * Healing * Parables of Jesus
* Following or Announcing Jesus (ca 28-29 AD) Local history chart | Index
October 18-21 readings:
18) 291 (G19): Mt 17:1-23,18:1-5; Mk 9:2-40; Lk 9:28-50 (90vs)
19) 292 (G20): Lk 11:1-13,27-54; 12:1-56 (97vs)
20) 293 (G21): Lk 12:57-59; 13:1-17,22-35; 14:1-35; 15:1-24; Matt 18:11-14 (97vs)
22) 294 (G22): Lk 15:25-32, 16:1-31; 17:1-37; 18:1-17; Mt 18:6-10; Mk 9:41-50 (108vs)
Commentary: The Light and His Advance Men (Lk 9:28-11:13)
Commentary: Jesus Continues Teaching His Disciples (Lk 11:14-12:59)
Commentary: More Demonstrations With Parables to Explain (Lk 13-15)
Commentary: Speaking With Parables and Proverbs (Lk 16-18)
Dictionary words: * Jesus * Doctrine, teaching * Healing
* Jesus' Final Tour (ca 29-30 AD) Local history chart | Index
October 22-24 readings:
22) 295 (G23): Mt 17:24-27, 18:15-35, 19:1-15; Mk 10:1-22; Lk 9:51-62, 10:1-24 (98vs)
23) 296 (G24): Mt 19:16-30; Mk 10:23-31; Lk 10:25-42, 18:18-30; Jo 10:1-42 (97vs)
24) 297 (G25): Mt 20:1-34; Mk 10:32-52; Lk 18:31-43, 19:1-27 (95vs)
Commentary: Words that Raise the Dead (Jo 10-11)
Commentary: Eye Witnesses And Further Training (Mk 8:17-10:31)
Commentary: Resistance Levels and Reverse Order Truth (Mt 18:15-21:17)
Dictionary words: * Jesus * Jericho * Jerusalem * Kingdom of God
* Jesus in Bethany for Passover (ca 29-30 AD) Local history chart | Index
October 25-26 readings:
25) 298 (G26): Mt 21:1-11; Mk 11:1-10; Jo 11:1-57, Jo 12:1-19 (97vs)
26) 299 (G27): Mt 21:12-27; Mk 11:11-33; Lk 19:28-48, 20:1-8; Jo 12:20-50 (99vs)
Commentary: Reaching out to the Lost (Lk 19-20)
Commentary: Words to Keep, Speak, and Obey (Jn 12-14:21)
Dictionary words: * Bethany * Jericho * Passover * Resurrection
* Preparing, Teaching, Warning (ca 29-30 AD) Local history chart | Index
October 27-29 readings:
27) 300 (G28): Mt 21:28-46, 22:15-33; Mk 12:1-27; Lk 20:9-40 (97vs)
28) 301 (G29): Mt 22:1-14,34-46, 23:1-39; Mk 12:28-44; Lk 20:41-47, 21:1-4 (94vs)
29) 302 (G30): Mt 24:1-35; Mk 13:1-31; Lk 21:5-33; Jo 16:1-4 (99vs)
Commentary: Sending the Son - Messiah! (Mk 10:32-12:44)
Commentary: The Parisees' and Sadducees' Best Shots (Mt 21:18-23:26)
Commentary: Betrayed and Disowned (Lk 21-22)
Dictionary words: * Jerusalem * Passover * Resurrection * Watch
* Watch and See! (ca 29-30 AD) Local history chart | Index
October 30-31 readings:
30) 303 (G31): Mt 24:36-51, 25:1-46, 26:1-13; Mk 13:32-37, 14:1-9; Lk 21:34-38, 22:1-2 (97vs)
31) 304 (G32): Mt 26:14-29; Mk 14:10-25; Lk 22:3-38; Jo 13:1-30 (98vs)
Commentary: Watching and Waiting to the End (Mk 13-14)
Commentary: Getting Ready to Meet the Messiah (Mt 23:27-25:46)
Dictionary words: * Jerusalem * Passover * Resurrection * Watch * Gathering

November Daily reading days 305-334
  Roman Empire and Early Church with daily Gospel readings
1 Day 305 John 13,14,15,16 November 1OutlinePassover: Jesus and disciples
1 Day 306 Mt26;Mk14;Lk22;Jo17,18 November 2OutlineMeal over, Jesus prays plainly
1 Day 307 Mt26,27;Mk14,15;Lk22,23;Jo18 November 3OutlineDisciples fled, Jesus arrested
2 Days 308-9 Mt27;Mk15;Lk23;Jo18,19 November 4-5OutlineJudas; Pilate; mocking soldiers
1 Day 310 Mt27,28;Mk15,16;Lk23,24;Jo19,20 November 6OutlineJesus' death & burial
1 Day 311 Mt28;Mk16;Lk24;Jo20,21 November 7OutlineJesus' resurrection, instructions

* Jesus and disciples eat Passover on Day of Preparation (ca 30 AD) Local history chart | Index
November 1 reading:
32) 305 (G33): Jo 13:31-38, 14:1-31, 15:1-27, 16:5-33 (95vs)
* Commentary: Taking His Word For It Jo 14:22-17:26
* Meal over, Jesus prays plainly (ca 30 AD) Local history chart | Index

November 2 reading:
33) 306 (G34): Mt26:30-55; Mk14:26-50; Lk22:39-53; Jo17:1-26,18:1-11 (98vs)
* Commentary: Signs of Jesus' Impending Death Mt 26:1-27:26
* Disciples fled, Jesus arrested (ca 30 AD) Local history chart | Index

November 3 reading:
34) 307 (G35): Mt26:56-75, 27:1-2; Mk14:5-72, 15:1; Lk22:54-71, 23:1; Jo18:12-38 (91)
*Commentary: Final Words Jo 18-19
* Judas, Pilate, mocking soldiers (ca 30 AD) Local history chart | Index

November 4 & 5 reading:
35) 308 (G36): Mt27:3-26; Mk15:2-15; Lk23:2-25; Jo18:29-40, 19:1-16 (90)
* Commentary: Jesus Died and Rose Again Lk 23-24
36) 309 (G37): Mt27:27-53,55-56; Mk15:16-38,40-41; Lk23:26-46,49; Jo19:17-37 (97)
* Commentary: The Plan Unfolds: Forsaken and Resurrected Mk 15-16
* Jesus' death and burial (ca 30 AD) Local history chart | Index

November 6 reading:
37) 310 (G38): Mt27:53-54,57-66, 28:1-15; Mk15:39,42-47,16:1-8; Lk23:47-48,50-56, 24:1-12; Jo19:38-42,20:1-18 (86)
* Commentary: Death, Resurrection, Servant Assignments Mt 27:27-28:20
* Jesus' resurrection, contacts, and instructions (ca 30 AD) Local history chart | Index

November 7 reading:
38) 311 (G39): Mt28:16-20; Mk16:9-20; Lk24:13-53; Jo20:19-31,21:1-25 (96)
* Commentary: Jesus Keeps His Word Jo 20-21

Dictionary words: * Crucify * Death * Jerusalem * King * Kingdom * Messiah * Passover * Signs * Watch * Word

Book of ACTS - Introduction

written by the disciple doctor Luke.

Days # of 365Scripture Readings November

Date
4 Days 312-315 Acts 1-3, 4-6, 7-9, 9-10 Nov 8-11Outline CommentariesEarly church, 30s-40s AD
2 Days 316-317 Acts 11,12, James, Acts 12-13 Nov 12-13 Outline Commentaries 40s AD
2 Days 318-319 Acts 13-15, Acts 16-18 Nov 14-15 Outline Commentaries 44-46 (Paul's 1st trip)
2 Days 320-321 1Thess, 2 Thess, Acts18 Nov 16-17 Outline Commentaries 50s AD on 2nd trip
1 Day 322 Acts 18:23; 19 Nov 18 Outline Commentaries 50s AD on 2nd trip
4 Days 323-327 1 Cor 1-4, 5-8, 9-11, 12-14, 15-16; Acts 20 Nov 19-23 Outline Commentaries 56-57 AD, 3rd trip
2 Days 328-329 Galatians 1-3, 4-6 Nov 24-25 Outline Commentaries 57-58 AD, 3rd trip
6 Days 330-335 Romans 1-2, 3-5, 6-8 , 9-11, 12-14, 15-16 Nov 26-Dec 1 Outline Commentaries 58 AD, 3rd trip

Book of JAMES - Introduction
40-41 AD
written by James the Less, the Lord's brother, one of the twelve apostles.
He was one of the three pillars of the Church (Galatians 2:9)
Some also think this book was written around 45-49 AD,
others think he wrote it later, around 62 AD.


* Acts of the Apostles (30s AD) Local history chart | Index
November 8, 9, 10, 11 readings:
Acts 1-3, Acts 4-6, Acts 7-9, Acts 9-10 - NOTES
* Dictionary: Wait for Holy Spirit, Believe, Obey, Name
* Acts of the Apostles and Book of James (40s AD) Local history chart | Index
November 12, 13 readings: (Barnabas & Saul food to Jerusalem)
Acts 11,12, James 1 and James 2-5; Acts 13:1-13 - NOTES
* Dictionary: Suffering for Holy Spirit, Earthquake, Name
Maps and Outlines of Mission Trips involving Paul
* Acts of the Apostles (44-46 AD)
November 14-15 readings:
(Paul's 1st and 2nd mission trips Acts 13-18)
* Acts 13:14-52, 14:1-28, 15:1-35 and 15:36, 16, 17, 18:11
1st Mission Trip Outline
* Paul and Barnabus - 1st trip outline: 44-46 AD (Acts 13-14)
from Syria (Antioch) to the sea port (Seleucia) by ship to Cyprus (Salamis, Paphos), by ship to Pamphylia (Perge) [where John Mark left for Jerusalem] to Pisidia (Antioch), Iconium, Lycaonia, Lystra [where Paul was stoned], Derbe, and back to Lystra, Iconium, Antioch, through Pisidia and Pamphylia (Perga), to Attalia where they boarded a ship for Syria [but not via Cyprus], to Antioch of Syria.


Jerusalem Council
* The Council at Jerusalem: ca 49-50 AD Acts 15
* Then Paul and Barnabas returned to teach awhile back at Antioch (Syria) Acts 15:35


2nd Mission Trip Outline
* Paul and Silas - 2nd trip outline (ca 51-52) Acts 15:36 ff, 16, 17, 18:1-22
Acts 15:36-41: From Syria (Antioch) overland into Cilicia (Tarsus)
Acts 16: Lycaonia/Galatia (Derbe, Lystra [where they met Timothy], Iconium). Through regions of Phrygia and Galatia where the Holy Spirit didn't let them go further in Asia Minor. To Troas [where Paul had a vision of a man inviting them to come to Macedonia (Greece)]. To Samothrace, to Neapolis, to the Roman colony of Philippi.
Acts 17: To Amphipolis, Apollonia, to Thessalonica (about 3 weeks), to Beroea, then Athens.
Acts 18:1-22: On to Corinth (18 months, where Paul met Aquila and Priscilla during the reign of Claudius), and Cenchrae, sailing on to Caesarea via Ephesus. Paul went up to Judea (Jerusalem), then back down [north] to Syria (Antioch).
* 1 Thessalonians (ca 52 AD)
November 16 reading:
* 1 Thessalonians 1-5
Paul's first letter written during 2nd trip from Corinth (Greece)
More on 1 Thessalonians - Some topics: Caught Up, Suffering
ca 52 AD     Paul wrote 1 Thessalonians from Corinth
    (1st letter of scripture written by Paul)
* 2 Thessalonians (ca52 AD)
November 17 reading:
* 2 Thessalonians 1-3 and Acts 18:12-22,24-28
Paul's next letter written during 2nd trip from Corinth (Greece)
More on 2 Thessalonians - Some topics: Caught Up, Suffering
ca 52 AD     Paul wrote 2 Thessalonians from Corinth
More mission trips history around Thessalonian letters

Book of 1 THESSALONIANS - Introduction
50 AD
Written by Saul/Paul the Apostle to the church at Thessalonica (Greece), which Paul and his co-workers had established during the 2nd trip. (Acts 17:1-4; 1 Thessalonians 1:9). This letter may have been written at Corinth (Greece) during Paul's 18 month stay there, 2nd trip. Coming from Macedonia, Timothy rejoined Paul with news of and questions from believers in Thessalonica. (Acts 18:1-5; 1 Thessalonians 3:6)

Book of 2 THESSALONIANS - Introduction
51 AD
Written by Saul/Paul the Apostle perhaps soon after the first letter, and while he was still at Corinth near the end of 52 AD, 2nd trip. But possibly Paul wrote it during his 2 years at Ephesus (Asia Minor) during his 3rd trip.


2nd trip concludes going back across the Aegean Sea to Ephesus for a short time,
then Rhodes, on to Caesarea, then up to Jerusalem. Back to home church in Syria (Antioch).


ca 53-58 AD: Paul and Silas: Mission Trip 3 Outline (Acts 18:23-21:17)

Acts 18:23-28, 19, 20, 21:1-17

* Acts of the Apostles (ca54-56 AD)
November 18 reading:
* Acts 18:23, 19:1-41
*After some time at the Antioch (Syria) church, Paul's group began a 3rd mission trip
*Paul's group left Syria (Antioch) for Cilicia (Tarsus), Galatia (Iconium), Phrygia
*They encountered other evangelists and teachers for Christ, such as Priscilla and Aquila who met and instructed a traveling Jewish teacher, Apollos, in Ephesus. Apollos moved on to teach in Corinth.
*Paul moved through Asia and stayed at Ephesus for 2 years, where he wrote 1 Corinthians
  322 18 Acts 18:23, 19:1-41 Holy Spirit
Receive the Holy Spirit Acts 18:24-20:38

ca 56-57 AD     Paul wrote 1 Corinthians from Ephesus
Book of 1 CORINTHIANS - Introduction
Practical application information written ca 56-57 AD by Saul/Paul
the Apostle
during his 2 year stay at Ephesus (1 Corinthians 16:8).
Meanwhile, Paul sent Timothy and Erastus ahead to Macedonia
TOPICS: Holy Spirit | Love | Faith | Spiritual | Resurrection
* 1 Corinthians (ca57 AD)
November 19 reading:
* 1 Corinthians 1-4 [+ commentary]
November 20 reading:
* 1 Corinthians 5-8 [+ commentary]
November 21 reading:
* 1 Corinthians 9-11 [+ commentary]
November 22 reading:
* 1 Corinthians 12-14 [+ commentary]
November 23 reading:
* 1 Corinthians 15-16; Acts 20:1-6 [+ commentary]
    From Ephesus, Paul went to Macedonia then Greece and stayed in Corinth 3mo.
ca 57-58     Paul wrote Galatians from Corinth
ca spg 58     Paul wrote Romans from Corinth


Book of GALATIANS - Introduction
Some think 53 AD; others think ca 57
* Written by Saul/Paul the Apostle soon after his second visit to Galatia (Acts 18:23).
* The visit to Jerusalem, mentioned in Galatians 2:1-10, was identical with that of Acts 15,
and spoken of in past tense, so was written after the council of Jerusalem.
* The similarity of Galatians and Romans indicate that both probably were written at the same time,
perhaps in the winter of 57-58 AD, during Paul's 3 month stay in Corinth. (Eastons Bible Dictionary)
TOPICS: Law of Moses | Grace of God | Spiritual
* Galatians (ca57-58 AD)
November 24 reading:
* Galatians 1-3 [+ commentary]
November 25 reading:
* Galatians 4-6 [+ commentary]
Book of ROMANS - Introduction
Paul probably wrote Romans in 57-58 AD during his 3rd trip stay at Corinth.
2 Corinthians was written about the same time but from Philippi (or Thessalonica).

TOPICS: Gospel, good news | Justify | Change | Jews | Mercy | Faith
* Romans (ca58 AD)
November 26 reading:
* Romans 1-2 [+ commentary]
November 27 reading:
* Romans 3-5 [+ commentary]
November 28 reading:
* Romans 6-8 [+ commentary]
November 29 reading:
* Romans 9-11 [+ commentary]
November 30 reading:
* Romans 12-14 [+ commentary]
December
December 1 reading:
* Romans 15-16 [+ commentary]
    From Corinth, Paul went back through Macedonia (Philippi)

Days # of 365Scripture Readings December

Date
3 Days 336-338 2 Corinthians 1-5, 6-10, 11-13; Acts 20 Dec 2-4Outline Commentaries57-58 AD
4 Days 339-342 Acts 21-22, 23-25, 26-27, 28 Dec 5-8Outline Commentaries58-60 AD
1 Day 343 Philippians 1-4 Dec 9Outline Cultural Warfarejail: 61-62 AD

ca 57-58     Paul wrote 2Corinthians from Philippi

Book of 2 CORINTHIANS - Introduction
Probably written in late 57 or early 58 AD by Saul/Paul the Apostle
during his 3rd trip stay at Philippi or Thessalonica.
Romans was written about the same time from Corinth.
Titus delivered the letter to believers in
Corinth, Athens, Cenchrea, and other Greek cities (in Achaia).
TOPICS: Compassion | Comfort | Apostle | Doubt
* 2 Corinthians (ca58 AD)
December 2 reading:
* 2 Corinthians 1-5 [+ commentary]
December 3 reading:
* 2 Corinthians 6-10 [+ commentary]
December 4 reading:
* 2 Corinthians 11-13; Acts 20:7-38
Paul left Philippi just after Passover (Unleavened Bread, later
called Easter), to Troas in Asia where Eutychus fell and was
revived, and sailing from Assos came to Mitylene, Samos,
Trogyllium
, then Miletus where Ephesian believers
came to see him, sadly for one last time.
The Book of ACTS continues
Paul's 3rd mission tour ends at Jerusalem ca 58 AD
Trip 3 city charts, chronological scriptures, map, quiz

Acts21: Paul's group sailed from Miletus to Cos, Rhodes, Patara
where they found a ship bound for Phoenicia
They past Cyprus to Syria (Tyre), to Ptolemais, to Caesarea.
The ports of call gave Paul time to say good-bye to disciples
who responded as Peter had on hearing of Jesus's coming death.
Paul went up to Jerusalem, where Jews from Asia recognized him,
and rioted, assuming he brought Gentiles into the temple.
Paul was arrested and the court processes began.
* Acts (ca58-60 AD)
December 5 reading:
* Acts 21-22 [+ commentary]
December 6 reading:
* Acts 23-25 [+ commentary]
December 7 reading:
* Acts 26-27 [+ commentary]
December 8 reading:
* Acts 28 [+ commentary]

Book of PHILIPPIANS - Introduction
Written by Paul from jail in Rome ca 61-62 AD
Day Dec Scripture Key Commentary
  343 9 Philippians 1-4 Responding
Cultural Warfare Philippians 1-4

Book of EPHESIANS - Introduction
Written by Paul from jail in Rome, before writing Colossians ca 62 AD, about 4 years after seeing them at Miletus on his 3rd mission trip.
Day Dec Scripture Key Commentary
  344 10 Ephesians 1-3 Inheritance
Inheritance Issues #2 Ephesians 1-3
  345 11 Ephesians 4-6 Roman prison
Prosperity from Prison Ephesians 4-6

Book of COLOSSIANS - Introduction
Written by Paul from jail in Rome, soon after he wrote Ephesians ca 62 AD
Day Dec Scripture Key Commentary
  346 12 Colossians 1-4 Reconciled
Rejoicing in the Face of Death Col 1-4

Book of PHILEMON - Introduction
Book of TITUS - Introduction

Philemon: written while Paul was still in Rome (ca 63?).
Titus: written by Paul after first Rome imprisonment
and before the second (final) one, about 66 or 67
Day Dec Scripture Key Commentary
  347 13 Philemon | Titus Reconcile
Letters to Titus & Philemon

Book of 1PETER - Introduction
Written by Peter the apostle perhaps between 63-67 AD
Day Dec Scripture Key Commentary
  348 14 1 Peter 1-5 Born again
In Training To Follow Christ's Example 1Pet 1-4
Peter's Encouragement 1Pet 5

Book of 1 TIMOTHY - Introduction
Written by Paul between the time of his first imprisonment in Rome and the second and final one, about 66 or 67 AD (EBD)
Day Dec Scripture Key Commentary
  349 15 1 Timothy 1-6 Church
The Care and Feeding of the Church 1Tim 1-6

Book of JUDE - Introduction
written by Judas the brother of James the Lesser (so a half brother of Jesus?) perhaps written between 65-70 AD from Judea.
Day Dec Scripture Key Commentary
 
See Dec 23 Indecent
Recognizing False Teachers 2,3 John, Jude

Book of 2 TIMOTHY - Introduction
Written by Paul between the time of his first imprisonment in Rome and the second and final one, about 67 or 68 AD (EBD)
Day Dec Scripture Key Commentary
  350 16 2 Timothy 1-4 Truth
Telling The Truth About Godly Living 2Tim 1-4

Book of 2PETER - Introduction
Written near the end of apostle Peter's life, perhaps about 68 AD
Day Dec Scripture Key Commentary
  351 17 2 Peter 1-3 Day of LORD
Faith, False Teachers, Day of the LORD 2Pet 1-3

Book of HEBREWS - Introduction
Written by an unknown believer (Apollos? Priscilla? Barnabas? Clement? Paul?) before 70 AD
Day Dec Scripture Key Commentary
  352 18
Hebrews 1-5 Gospel 101
Basic Christianity and Beyond Heb 1-5
  353 19
Hebrews 6-9 Covenants
Why A New Covenant Plan? Heb 6-9
  354 20
Hebrews 10-11 Faith in
Accepting God's Plan: By Faith Heb 10-11
  355 21
Hebrews 12-13 Obey-Train
Accepting God's Plan: Self Discipline Heb 12-13

Book of 1 JOHN - Introduction
written by the apostle John in the 90s AD from Ephesus.
Day Dec Scripture Key Commentary
  356 22
1John 1-5 True/False
Apostle John Explains & Answers Questions 1John 1-5

Book of 2 JOHN- Introduction
Book of 3 JOHN- Introduction

written by the apostle John in the mid 90s AD from Ephesus.
Day Dec Scripture Key Commentary
  357 23
2John, 3John, Jude Indecent
Recognizing False Teachers 2,3 John, Jude

Book of REVELATION - Introduction
written by the apostle John ca 96 AD while Domitian ruled the Roman Empire.
Day Dec Scripture Key Commentary
  358 24 Revelation 1-2 Reveal
Revealed: Instructions to His Churches Rev 1-2
  359 25 Revelation 3-5 Holy Spirit
Churches and Heaven Prepare For Battle Rev 3-5
  360 26 Revelation 6-8 Suffer
The End of God's Longsuffering Patience Rev 6-8
  361 27 Revelation 9-11 Angels
Angels, The Sealed, The Unsealed, and 2 Witnesses Rev 9-11
  362 28 Revelation 12-14 Satan
Satan's Hatred Unleashes Tribulation Rev 12-14
  363 29 Revelation 15-17 Judgment
Seven Judgements and Political Prostitution Rev 15-17
  364 30 Revelation 18-20 Babylon
The Fall of Babylon and Satan Chained Rev 18-20
  365 31 Revelation 21-22 Heaven
New Heaven, New Earth, New Jerusalem Rev 21-22


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