Index last updated 9 Mar 2013

The LDS Church has been producing a fantastic set of short videos depicting stories from the New Testament, found at The site’s index of videos, however, places them in the order they have been posted on the site, not the order the stories are recorded in the scriptures, nor the order the events occurred chronologically. I don’t know why; I hope they add such an index soon. Until then, here is a table of all the videos currently up, placed in roughly chronological order (see below the table for how I arrived at the order). I will try to update this post periodically, to keep up as new videos are posted. I have not watched all the videos, so if I’ve made any mistakes in the sequence, please let me know in the comments section.
Italicized titles are composite videos—montages that span multiple scripture stories.

Video title Duration     Scripture reference

Jesus’s birth

Mary and Elisabeth Rejoice Together (5:06) Luke 1:39-55
Shepherds Learn of the Birth of Christ (6:43) Luke 2:8-18
The Wise Men Seek Jesus (5:41) Matthew 2:1-2, 11-15
Mary, the Mother of Jesus (2:27) Luke 1:26-35

Early ministry

Jesus Turns Water into Wine (2:26) John 2:1-12
Jesus Teaches of Being Born Again (2:55) John 3:1-36
Jesus Forgives Sins and Heals a Man Stricken with Palsy (2:57) Mark 2:1-12
Jesus Heals a Woman of Faith (1:40) Mark 5:22-43
Sermon on the Mount: The Beatitudes (2:09) Matthew 5:3-16
Sermon on the Mount: The Lord’s Prayer (2:18) Matthew 6:1-13
Jesus Calls Twelve Apostles to Preach and Bless Others (1:37) Matthew 10:1-5
Jesus Heals a Possessed Man (1:47) Luke 4:33-37
Go and Sin No More (3:22) John 8:2-11
The Lord’s Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem (1:07) Matthew 21:1-11
The Last Supper (5:57) John 13:1-35
The Savior Suffers in Gethsemane (8:31) Matthew 26:36-57
Jesus Is Condemned Before Pilate (3:14) Matt 27:1-2, 11-25
Jesus Is Laid in a Tomb (3:29) Matthew 27:57-60
For God So Loved the World (4:48) John 3:16
Peter and John Heal a Man Crippled Since Birth (3:22) Acts 3:1-8
Peter and John Are Judged (2:52) Acts 4:5-21
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The Acts of the Apostles stories can simply be put in scripture reference order. However, any combination of passages from the four gospels is going to be notoriously difficult to put in chronological order. The Nativity and Easter week sections are straightforward enough, but everything in between is a jumbled mess that has occupied literally millions of pages of scholarship.

To keep it simple, I ordered the vignettes according to scripture reference first, then divided them into Early Ministry and Later Ministry. The dividing point is roughly based on the point at which Christ went from public teaching to more private teaching, where he commissions his apostles and begins to teach them more explicitly about his pending death. For more information on this basic structure, see this article by one Dennis Bratcher, which I found to be a good overview of the basic shape of the gospel accounts.

It’s a pretty rough order right now. As the Church adds more videos, I may have to do more research, or else cheat and just use scripture reference order. We’ll see.

5 Responses to “ chronological index”

  1. You rock, Nathan!

  2. Thank you so much! This is very helpful.

  3. So glad it’s helping someone!

  4. Motherof4 says:

    Nathan, thank you for your time, skill & generosity !

  5. Ah, it looks like the Church website people got around to putting up a chronological list of their own (with some slight differences). You can find it here:


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