The 12 C's of the Old Testament: Understanding the Whole Story from Genesis to Malachi

If you grew up going to Sunday School or have been around church long enough, then you're probably familiar with some Old Testament stories, like David & Goliath or Daniel in the Lion's Den. But do you have a good picture of the whole OT story  -- all  39 books, from Genesis to Malachi? While studying some Old Testament materials online, I ran across this little mnemonic (learning tool). It's one of the best summaries I've ever seen for understanding the big picture of the story of  God and the Israelites. I love it for it's simplicity, clarity, and accuracy. It's not going to win you any Bible quizzes (if that's what you're into), but it'll give you a GREAT understanding of the story that makes up 75% of our Bible.

It's called the 12 C's and it describes 12 major events in the OT.

  1. CREATION: The Beginning of the Human Race (Genesis 1-11)
  2. CLAN: The Beginning of the Hebrew Race [Israel] (Genesis 12-50)
  3. CONFINEMENT: The Hebrew Race in Bondage in Egypt (Exodus 1-19)
  4. COMMANDMENTS: The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20)
  5. CAMPING: Unbelief in God Forces Israel to Wander in the Wilderness for 40 Years (Numbers)
  6. COVENANT: New Generation of Israelites Are Exhorted to Love God (Deuteronomy)
  7. CONQUEST: Israel Conquers Most of Canaan Country (Joshua)
  8. CYCLES: Seven Cycles of Sin in Israel (Judges)
  9. CROWNS: United Kingdom under Saul, David and Solomon (1 Samuel-1 Kings 11)
  10. CHASM: Divided Kingdom Due to Solomon's Sins (1 Kings 12 - 2 Kings 16)
  11. CAPTIVITY: Israel Taken Captive by Assyria and Babylon (2 Kings 17-25)
  12. CONSTRUCTION: Judah Returns to God and Jerusalem (Ezra-Esther)

For all of you who like moving around, there are also some hand movements that go along with it: