Saturday, November 8, 2014

Old Testament Timeline Printable for Jesse Tree

Okay, I'll admit it: I started playing Christmas music yesterday. 

with a few sweet ornaments from our ornament exchange group
I'm getting ready for one of my favorite family traditions of the whole year. During the Nativity Fast we do a Jesse Tree, with readings and ornaments from the Old Testament that lead to the birth of Christ. I've noticed my children don't always have a good sense of how the different events relate to one another. For years, I've wanted a Bible Timeline to provide a context for the stories we tell. There are several commercial ones: most have a lot of text and dates and are more involved than I need. I really like this one with all the pictures, but its 10' long! That just won't work for our home. 

So I obsessed over it for 48 hours, and made my own. I drew a simple cartoon history of the Old Testament. It doesn't include every prophet and king and favorite story (because otherwise it would be 10' long!), but it provides a big picture, so when you're reading your favorite story you can point and say, "this happened here." I'm hoping it will help my kids develop a sense of the continuity of the story.

I drew the timeline over 5 sheets of paper, but through the magic of Adobe, I've squished it onto a single printable page. Yes, ONE page. The pictures are tiny, but they are simple and readable, so I think it works. 

And its for you, too! Wishing you a good Nativity fast! Grab the printable PDF here - it includes a black and white page, and one with a little color. 

If you don't want the teeny-tiny version, you can order it in poster form from Zazzle in various sizes and paper qualities. I haven't actually done this yet, but I might. Let me know if you do! Click the embedded poster image below to head over to zazzle.

*I've cross-posted this on wewilsons blog to share the fun.


Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing this! I'd hoped to make all my Jesse Tree ornaments this year but I don't think it's going to happen!

Anonymous said...

this is wonderful! thank you for sharing this! we printed it and laminated it and hung it up on a bulletin board in our school area.

Anonymous said...

LOVE IT!! I am a huge fan of timelines, and adding the little cartoons is SO wonderful for readers and non readers alike. thank you so much for sharing your talent and creativity. i consider this a GREAT find!!

Anonymous said...

I teach toddlers, and I like to review so we don't forget what we have learned. This is a perfect tool. Thank you so much!

Kristen H said...

This looks great. Thank you for sharing!

Beach Mama said...

Love this! Would you happen to have a timeline for the New Testament?

Unknown said...

This is SO COOL thank you so much for sharing!

Unknown said...

Thanks so much for sharing. This has been very helpful in my church kids class in Qatar. :)


Unknown said...

This is amazing! If you ever feel up to it, it would be awesome to also have one of the New Testament. What a great tool for all ages this is!