Bible History Timeline

Chronological Index of the Years and Times from Adam unto Christ

The following chronology is from the first edition of the King James version of the Bible printed by Philadelphia printer Matthew Carey in 1801. The Chronology given largely follows that of Rev. James Ussher’s Annals of the World, first published in 1658. Ussher’s chronology divided the world’s history into six ages, from creation to the fall of Jerusalem. Carey’s Bible has a heading noting the First Age, but, there are no headings for ensuing ages. “From” clearly marks the beginning of each age, however.

Bible timeline from King James 1801 Bible published by William Carey


Proved by the Scriptures, from the Collection of divers Authors.

The sum of the years of the First Age.

From Adam unto Noah’s flood are years 1656.
For when Adam was 130 years old he begat Seth.
Seth being 105 years, begat Enos.
Enos, being 90 years, begat Cainan.
Cainan, being 70 years, begat Mahaleel.
Mahaleel, being 65 years, begat Jared.
Jared, at the age of 162, begat Enoch.
Enoch, being 65 years, begat Methuselah.
Methuselah, at the age of 187, begat Lamech.
Lamech, being 182 years, begat Noah.
Noah, at the coming of the flood, was 600 years old, as appeareth in the 7th chap. of Genesis.

The whole sum of the years are 1656.

From the said flood of Noah, unto Abraham’s departing from Chaldea, were 422years and ten days.
For the said flood continued one whole year and ten days.
Shem (which was Noah’s son) begat Arphaxad two years after that.
Arphaxad begat Salah when he was 35 years old.
Salah, being 30 years old, begat Eber.
Eber, at the age of 34, begat Peleg.
Peleg, being 30 years, begat Reu.
Reu, being 32 years, begat Serug.
Serug, being 30 years, begat Nahor.
Nahor, being 29 years, begat Terah.
Terah, being 130 years, begat Abram.
And Abraham departed from Chaldea when he was 70 years old.

These accounted, are 422 years and ten days.

From Abraham’s departing from Ur in Chaldea unto the departing of the children of Israel, are 430 years, gathered as followeth:
Abraham was in Charran five years, and departed in the 75th year:
Begat Isaac when 100 years old, in the 25th year of his departing.
Isaac begat Jacob, when 60 years old.
Israel was in Egypt 220 years.
Then deduct 80 years from this: for so old was Moses when he conducted the Israelites from Egypt.
So the rest of the years, that is to say, 130, are divided between Amram and Kohath.
The Kohath begat Amram at the age of 67 years.
Amram, being 65 years, begat Moses, who in the 8oth year of his age, departed with the Israelites from Egypt.

So this chronology is the 430 years mentioned in the 12th chap. of Exodus and the 3d chap. to the Galatians.

From the going of the Israelites from Egypt, unto the first building of the temple, are 480 years, after this chronology and account.
Moses remained in the desert or wilderness 40 years.
Joshua and Othniel ruled 40 years.
Ehud, 80 years.
Deborah, 40 years.
Gideon, 40 years.
Abimelech, 3 years.
Tola, 23 years.
Jair, 22 years.
Then they were without a captain, until the 18th year of Jephthah.
Jephthah, 6 years.
Ibzan, 7 years.
Elon, 10 years.
Abdon, 8 years.
Sampson, 20 years.
Heli, judge and priest, 4 years.
Samuel and Saul reigned 40 years.
David was king 40 years.
Solomon, in the 4th year of his reign, began the building of the temple.

These are the 480 years mentioned in the first book of Kings,

From the first building of the temple, unto the captivity of Babylon, are 419 years and an half.
Solomon reigned yet 36 years.
Rehoboam, 17 years.
Abija, 3 years.
Asa, 41 years.
Jehoshaphat, 25 years.
Jehoram, 8 years.
Ahaziah, 1 year.
Athaliah, the queen, 7 years.
Joash, 40 years.
Amaziah, 29 years.
Uzziah, 52 years.
Jehoahaz, 16 years.
Ahaz, 16 years.
Hezekiah, 29 years.
Manasses, 55 years.
Amon, 2 years.
Josiah, 31 years.
Jeoaz, 3 months.
Eliakim, 11 years.
Jehoiachin, Jechonias, 3 months.
And here beginneth the captivity of Babylon.

The sum of these years are 419.

Jerusalem was re-edified and built again after the captivity of Babylon, 70 years.

The captivity continued 70 years. The children of Israel were delivered the first year of Cyrus. The temple was begun to be built in the second year of the said Cyrus, and finished in the 46th year, which was the 6th year of Darius. After that Darius had reigned 20 years, Nehemiah was restored to liberty, and went to build the city, which was finished in the 32nd year of the said Darius. All the years from the building of the temple again, are 26 years.

The whole sum of years amount to 70

From the re-edifying of the city, unto the coming of Christ, are 483 years, after this chronology.

It is mentioned in the 9th chap. of Daniel that Jerusalem should be built up again, and that from that time, unto the coming of Christ, are 69 weeks, and every week is reckoned for 7 years. So 69 weeks amount to 483 years; for, from the said year of Darius, unto the 42nd year of Augustus, in which year our Saviour Christ was born, are just and complete so many years, whereupon we reckon, that from Adam unto Christ, are 3974 years, six months, and ten days; and from the birth of Christ, unto this present year, is 1801.

Then the whole sum and number of years from the beginning of the world unto the present year of our Lord God 1801, are 5775 years, six months, and the said odd ten days.