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 BibleVideos.org. 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.


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Video title Duration     Scripture reference
 

Jesus’s birth

An Angel Foretells Christ’s Birth to Mary (2:33) Luke 1:26-38
The Naming of John the Baptist (3:44) Luke 1:57-80
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
The Nativity (7:53) Luke 1:26-38; 2:1-19; Matthew 1:20-21
Young Jesus Teaches in the Temple (2:30) Luke 2:40-52
 

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
Follow Me, and I Will Make You Fishers of Men (1:52) Matthew 4:18-22
Jesus Declares He is the Messiah (3:26) Luke 4:15-30
Jesus Heals a Possessed Man (1:48) Luke 4:33-37
Jesus Calls Twelve Apostles to Teach and Bless Others (1:30) Matthew 10:1-5
Sermon on the Mount: The Beatitudes (2:09) Matthew 5:3-16
Sermon on the Mount: The Higher Law (2:20) Matthew 5:17-48
Sermon on the Mount: The Lord’s Prayer (2:17) Matthew 6:1-13
Sermon on the Mount: Treasures in Heaven (4:33) Matthew 6:19-21; 7:1-27
Jesus Raises the Daughter of Jairus (3:26) Mark 5:22-24, 35-43
Jesus Declares the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares (1:18) Matthew 13:36-43
A House Divided (5:57) Matthew 11:14-26
I Am the Bread of Life (6:49) John 6:25-71
Whosoever Will Lose His Life for My Sake Shall Find It (1:57) Matthew 16:21-28
Go and Sin No More (3:22) John 8:2-11
 

Later ministry

Jesus Declares He Is the Messiah (3:26) Luke 4:15-30
Parable of the Good Samaritan (4:48) Luke 10:25-37
The Lord’s Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem (1:07) Matthew 21:1-11
The Greatest Commandment (1:52) Mark 12:28-34
The Parable of the Ten Virgins (1:41) Matthew 25:1-13
Ye Have Done it Unto Me (3:15) Matthew 25:31-46
Jesus Warns Peter and Offers the Intercessory Prayer (4:48) Luke 22:31-34
Jesus Is Tried by Caiaphas, Peter Denies Knowing Him (4:17) Matthew 26:57-75
To This End Was I Born (4:36) Matthew 4:18-25; 26; 27; John 18:34-40
Jesus Is Laid in a Tomb (3:29) Matthew 27:57-60
My Kingdom is Not of This World (5:24) Matthew 27; 28
Christ Appears on the Road to Emmaus 3:33 (Luke 24:13-33)
For God So Loved the World (4:48) John 3:16
 

Acts of the apostles

Peter Preaches and Is Arrested (2:51) Acts 3:12-26, 4:1-3
Peter and John Continue Preaching the Gospel (5:39) Acts 5:12-42
Blessed Are They That Have Not Seen, and Yet Have Believed (2:29) John 20:24-29
(5:22) Acts 22
(4:49) John 3:16
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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 “BibleVideos.org 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: http://www.lds.org/media-library/video/categories/bible-videos-chronologically

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