Before I started this topic, the forum search brought up a bunch of similar past topics, but unfortunately they are all a few years old and before the forum transition, and all of them seem to contain links to CAF apologist columns and PDFs etc that are now dead, so not much help there and I need to start a new thread.
Anyway, I’m trying to read the OT in more or less chronological order, By Entire Book. Initially I tried the Jeff Cavins timeline but that didn’t work out because he left various books out entirely, among other annoyances. So I just started on page 1 and began reading straight through. I got through the Pentateuch and the Historical Books okay and it seemed like things were mostly in chrono order, but reviewing the upcoming Prophetic Books it looks like they are all over the place in time and not in chrono order, and also I’m not sure what to do with the Wisdom books. Job probably belonged way back in the Pentateuch somewhere, and as for Psalms, several of the chrono timelines I’m looking at seem to break it up and put certain chapters here and certain chapters there, and while that may be correct chronologically, I prefer to read the whole books straight through.
So, I am looking for a reasonable chronological list of all the OT books, by whole book, and not leaving any books or parts of books out. I realize this won’t be perfect because some books like Psalms skip around a bit in time, so just looking for a reasonable order. Has anyone got such an ordering to share?
I read where Bible apps will provide a chrono sort for you, but I’m not using an app, just reading it off the free Vatican website.
I also read that a book called “The Books of the Bible” has a reasonable chrono order, but it’s a Protestant book using the NIV so I don’t want to be paying money for that, obviously. I looked at its free T of C using the “Look inside” feature on Amazon and it seems to still break the books up into subcategories Covenant History, Prophets, and Writings, and order each subcategory separately, which is understandable but not what I’m looking for, and in addition of course it leaves out some of the Catholic canonical books. If there is a Catholic reference book doing something similar, could someone let me know the title?