Infographics for Tanakh study, the prophets

Here you will find timelines and infographics to aid in Tanakh study, specifically the nevi’im, the prophets. You can find additional infographics here

Torah Infographics

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When it comes to dating Biblical events there are two different systems used in the Jewish community:

(A) The Seder Olam chronology – Used by Haredim (ultra-Orthodox.) Common in ArtScroll books and in Haredi yeshivahs. This chronology is based on a second century CE midrash, Seder Olam.

and (B) The conventional historical chronology, used by historians, based on all historical evidence and records. This is used by historians, Modern Orthodoxy and all of non-Orthodox Judaism.

Our timelines use the conventional chronology. For details see Missing years in the Hebrew calendar.

The Prophets

Yĕhôshúa‘ (יְהוֹשֻעַ) – Joshua

Tells of the campaigns of the Israelites in Canaan, the destruction of enemies, and division of the land among the Twelve Tribes. Here is a realistic portrayal of the city of Jericho, as revealed by archaeology.

Ancient Jericho and walls Realistic Book of Joshua

and

Book of Joshua 12 tribes Israel Land division

Shophtim (שֹׁפְטִים) – Judges

Covers the time between the conquest described in the Book of Joshua and the establishment of a kingdom in the Books of Samuel, during which Biblical judges served as temporary leaders.

Judges Chronology Othniel Ehud Deborah Barack Gideon Hannah

and also

Judges Timeline

Shmu’el (שְׁמוּאֵל) – Samuel

The stories in this book cover the years 1000 BCE to 900 BCE. It begins with the prophet Samuel’s birth and God’s call to him as a boy, and covers Kings Saul שָׁאוּל, David דָּוִד, and Solomon שְׁלֹמֹה.

This image is from The Infographic Guide to the Bible: The Old Testament, Hillary Thompson, Edward Duffy, and Erin Dawson.

Book of Samuel David and Goliath King Saul
from Infographic Guide to the Bible: The Old Testament, Hillary Thompson et al

and a map of David’s life while he was in exile.

Samuel (Book) Philistia Map of David in Exile

A timeline for Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles, and the associated prophets.

Timeline for Samuel Kings Chronicles and Associated Prophets walkwiththeword

Melakhim (מְלָכִים) – Kings

Kings is our history of ancient Israel and Judah from the death of King David to the release of Jehoiachin from imprisonment in Babylon, a period of some 400 years (c. 960 – c. 560 BCE).

This map includes Jehoshapaht and Ahab. Includes Josiah (Kings, Chronicles)

Kings Chronicles Map of Israel and Judah during the Reign of Jehoshaphat

From the Book of Kings here are timelines for Jehoshaphat, Ahab, Ahaziah, Jehoram, and Joram.

Kings Chronicles Jehoshaphat and Ahab and Ahaziah Joram

This map covers the nation during the reign of King Josiah.

Map of the Reforms and Reign of Josiah (Kings, Chronicles)

This map covers the nations of Judah and Israel during the reign of Uzziah, including the teachings of the prophet Amos.

Judah and Israel during the reign of Uzziah (Kings, Chronicles)

This is a timeline, starting when Manasseh removes idols from Jerusalem, then Amon reinstates idolatry, then Josiah is appointed king. This time covers the prophet Zephaniah, צְפַנְיָה, Tsfanya; the prophet Nahum, נַחוּם Naḥūm; the prophet Kabbakuk, Habakkuk, Havakuk (חבקוק,) and the prophet Jeremiah ,יִרְמְיָהוּ , Yirmiyahu.

Timeline of the reign of Josiah (Kings Chronicles)

This is a timeline, starting with the reign of King Ahaz, then passing on to his son Hezekiah ( חִזְקִיָּהוּ), including when Senacherib invades Judah; when the Assyrians were defeated; ending when Mannasseh becomse king.

Timeline of the reign of Hezekiah (Kings, Chronicles.) Covers the Hebrew prophets Hoshea, Micah, Isaiah,

Timeline of the reign of Hezekiah v2

The First Temple in Jerusalem, also known as Solomon’s Temple. The construction was between 970 to 930 BCE.

The First Temple Solomon's Temple 957 BCE

The genealogy of the kings of Judah, along with the kings of Israel.

This family tree is based on a literal interpretation of 1 and 2 Kings. Note: In the kings of Israel, a horizontal arrow can indicate a change of dynasty (lack of known genealogical connection.)

Genealogy Kings of Judah and Israel
from commons.wikimedia.org

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Yĕshăyāhu (יְשַׁעְיָהוּ) – Isaiah

Most of this book was written by the 8th century BCE prophet Isaiah ben Amoz. The latter part of this book is termed Deutero-Isaiah (chapters 40 and after) and was written after the exile in 586 BCE. The timeline here shows the storyline as a unified literary unit.

Isaiah timeline (OK)

Here are some of the oracles of Isaiah.

The Oracles of Isaiah 13-23 Walkwiththeword Babylon Philistia Moab Damascus Whirring Wings

Yirmyahu (יִרְמְיָהוּ) – Jeremiah

Jeremiah began his prophetic teachings in the thirteenth year of king Josiah (about 627 BCE) and finished in the eleventh year of king Zedekiah (586 BCE.)

Jeremiah chronology

Yekhezqiel (יְחֶזְקֵאל) – Ezekiel

This book records visions of the prophet Ezekiel, exiled in Babylon, during the 22 years from 593 to 571 BC.

Daniel in Babylon And Ezekiel and related Persia empire

This infographic shows us Ezekiel’s vision of the third Temple in Jerusalem.

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Ezekiel Third Temple

Here is a map of the prophesied river out of Jerusalem from Ezekiel 47. This is from Basic Theology: Applied, Wesley & Elaine Willis and John & Janet Master, Victor Books, 1995.

Manfred Kober map Jerusalem Temple River Ezekiel 47

The Twelve, aka minor prophets, (תרי עשר‎, Trei Asar, “The Twelve”)

Hoshēa (הוֹשֵׁעַ) — Hosea

Yo’el (יוֹאֵל) — Joel

Amos (עָמוֹס) — Amos

Amos's visions Amos 7-9

The chart at the link below displays the story of Am Yisrael during the last 300 years of the Biblical era. Biblical Events appear in the top of the chart. Each historical event is color – coordinated according to the respective historical time period. Empires and Foreign Kings are displayed in the second line, in correlation with the events above. These empires instigated the central events in Israel, Yehuda, and the neighboring nations. The Storyline is presented in the central axis of the diagram, entitled “Destruction to Restoration.”

Destruction to Restoration – Chart and Explanation, HaTanakh.com

 

Ōvadhyāh (עֹבַדְיָה) — Obadiah

Yônāh (יוֹנָה) — Jonah

Mîkhāh (מִיכָה) — Micah

Nakḥûm (נַחוּם) — Nahum

Khăvhakûk (חֲבַקּוּק) — Habakkuk

Tsĕphanyāh (צְפַנְיָה) — Zephaniah

Khaggai (חַגַּי) — Haggai

Zkharyāh (זְכַרְיָה) — Zechariah

Mal’ākhî (מַלְאָכִי) — Malachi

Trei Asar 12 Twelve Minor Prophets
Artwork by Jordan Ladikos

Here is a timeline overview of the kings and prophets of both Israel and Judah, from 925 BCE to Daniel in 575 BCE.

Rulers and Prophets of Kingdoms of Israel and Judah Elijah Elisha Obadiah Joel Jonah Amos Hosea Isaiah Micah Zephaniah Nahum Jeremiah Habakkuk
To learn more about the Hebrew Bible in general, here is our resource.

 

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