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Chronological Bible question

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I have seen Chronological Bibles in a Christian Book Distributors catalog I get sometimes but have never actually seen one to look at. I know they're supposed to be re-aligned into what happened first, and in order time wise. My question is does it start with Genesis 1:1 or with John 1:1? I took John 1:1 to have happened in Heaven before Creation.
Small question but I don't want to buy one of these Bible's just to answer this.
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I have never heard of them. Everything that has been inspired of God through the Prophets and Apostles to write IMO is pretty much already in Chronological order. When you research the time period and genealogy of the authors of each book that has been written you will see from Genesis to Revelation is pretty much in order.
 

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I have seen Chronological Bibles in a Christian Book Distributors catalog I get sometimes but have never actually seen one to look at. I know they're supposed to be re-aligned into what happened first, and in order time wise. My question is does it start with Genesis 1:1 or with John 1:1? I took John 1:1 to have happened in Heaven before Creation.
Small question but I don't want to buy one of these Bible's just to answer this.
Thanks.
Richard.
I read Reese's Chronological Bible, and here is my opinion on it.

There are parts of it that he arbitrarily switches between: (1) splitting up books and placing verses where the content is chronological, such as John 1:1 next to Gen. 1:1, and (2) Placing books in order of when they were written, such as Job is the first book.

I didn't like it because of that, and I really want a Bible in which they are in order of when they were written (only). I don't like the idea of John 1:1 taken out of the context of John and put at Gen. 1:1 (and many other verses cut like that). I could explain why, but it would take a long time. Instead, the next best thing is to write the approx. dates of when they were written at the beginning of the book, or read a study Bible with commentary that has that info. The only problem with that is that there are varying opinions as to when some of the books were written.

I did like the fact that he placed the Kings/Chronicles side by side to show the parallel history, that did help some. But it's in KJV and harder to read than modern versions.

Besides this, there is only 1 other Chronological I've read, which is a "Gospel Harmony" book "Jesus Christ The Greatest Life" by Johnston M. Cheney and Stanley Ellisen Th.D. It is a compilation of all the verses of Mat.-John in chron. order (in their opinion). Each statement has the references where it appears in the gospels. I like this one because it's a study book with notes, pictures, and maps in the margins. Each year has a page where there is a month-by-month event summary of what Jesus did. The only issue I see is the controversial idea that Jesus' ministry was 4 years instead of the widely accepted 3½. They explain this in the intro. Not sure if it's still available.
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I read Reese's Chronological Bible, and here is my opinion on it.

There are parts of it that he arbitrarily switches between: (1) splitting up books and placing verses where the content is chronological, such as John 1:1 next to Gen. 1:1, and (2) Placing books in order of when they were written, such as Job is the first book.

I didn't like it because of that, and I really want a Bible in which they are in order of when they were written (only). I don't like the idea of John 1:1 taken out of the context of John and put at Gen. 1:1 (and many other verses cut like that). I could explain why, but it would take a long time. Instead, the next best thing is to write the approx. dates of when they were written at the beginning of the book, or read a study Bible with commentary that has that info. The only problem with that is that there are varying opinions as to when some of the books were written.

I did like the fact that he placed the Kings/Chronicles side by side to show the parallel history, that did help some. But it's in KJV and harder to read than modern versions.

Besides this, there is only 1 other Chronological I've read, which is a "Gospel Harmony" book "Jesus Christ The Greatest Life" by Johnston M. Cheney and Stanley Ellisen Th.D. It is a compilation of all the verses of Mat.-John in chron. order (in their opinion). Each statement has the references where it appears in the gospels. I like this one because it's a study book with notes, pictures, and maps in the margins. Each year has a page where there is a month-by-month event summary of what Jesus did. The only issue I see is the controversial idea that Jesus' ministry was 4 years instead of the widely accepted 3½. They explain this in the intro. Not sure if it's still available.
TD:)
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i agree with your idea of placing books in the order they were written

i have read the nt that way and it actually helped me understand some things better to see who wrote first and who wrote last and who wrote in response to something earlier etc
 

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The way that the Lord wrote the Bible, putting them in order may still not help a whole lot. I think God deliberately broke up His message to man and spread it all out over all of the books, so that only study would be able to piece it together (WITH the Holy Spirit's help!).

Our Lord is not an easy catch. He likes to see diligence in our seeking of Him. So we...study to show ourselves approved unto God. This is one way He does that. In Proverbs 25 it says why...

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It is the glory of God to conceal a matter,
But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.../
 

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I use The New Opened Bible - KJV. It gives chronicles before each book like, the author, the dates they were written, shows Christ in each book (OT and NT), key words, key verses, key chapter. It gives you Bible study helps, Biblical information like the Jewish calendar, Jewish feast, archaeological discoveries with pictures, maps, concordance and so much more. I just love it and helps me so much in my studying. It's the KJV, but so much more for ones study needs.
 

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