The Bible can seems overwhelming but once you start to realise that there are some huge themes that give a framework for the Bible things really start to change. And then once you start to understand the timeline (chronology) even more things fall into place.
Here are two PDF documents to help you explore and understand the whole Bible. They don’t cover every detail but that’s not their goal. It’s to help you get a big picture.
One page on the big theme of the Bible: The Kingdom of God.
God is bringing about his kingdom. His place is for his people to be with him and under his loving rule through Jesus.
We can explore this theme in the Bible through: God’s people, God’s place, God’s rule and blessing.
If you’d like to read more on this I’d recommend: God’s Big Picture by Vaughan Roberts, According to Plan by Graeme Goldsworthy or Gospel and Kingdom by Graeme Goldsworthy
Timeline for the whole Bible
This is three pages with a timeline of the events in the Bible and then a really short summary of the books or groups of books of the Bible with the timing along the side.
I’m very thankful for the way God has used men like Graeme Goldsworthy and now Vaughan Roberts to open up God’s word to us.