Clarify and simplify your study of world history and the Bible 



The Shorter Word Timeline of Western Civilization

This timeline is unique in its streamlined approach to history! It sticks to the most basic events and developments so your students don’t get lost in a deluge of facts. With its simplified design, the timeline offers a framework of world history that your child can actually picture and learn over time. Besides other Bible history that is used as anchors, the timeline builds the history of the kingdoms leading up to Christ around the prophecies in Daniel to show how Daniel predicted the 3 kingdoms that would follow Babylon (via King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream). These prophecies are rich evidence that the Bible is God’s word. Other apologetic-type items are emphasized–but only a few! KISS is definitely the operative word here (keep it simple, stupid). Download for free and give it a try!

This Timeline is a great resource for Sunday school and Bible studies as well as for teaching world history.

View the Timeline and/or download

To download to your own computer, click the link to view the timeline and after it has opened, right click  and select “save as.”

The timeline is 8 pages. Print on card stock and use clear tape to simply attach the pages to each other accordion-style so they fold out to show the whole stream of history. OR, just place into clear plastic page covers and put in a 3 ring folder.  






Quote from Voltaire: "History is a pack of tricks the living play upon the dead."

 The PACK OF TRICKS consists of 15 printable flash cards which show:

  • memory devices,
  • dates that do double duty,
  • and easily associated events or peoplePack of Tricks--for the study of history

See how the big pieces of history fit together and watch your child remember dates you never thought would “stick.”  Print them out on paper or card stock and cut apart for easy reference and to use as flashcards. 

Perfect for Bible study as well as history.

An example of a trick is learning the dates for the Middle Ages. This period can be easily remembered once you see that the Middle Ages extend from the middle of the first millenium AD (500) to the middle of the next millennium (1500). From the middle to the middle–get it? That’s why it’s called the Middle Ages (not really, of course. The name comes from being sandwiched in-between ancient and modern history). So the Middle Ages run basically from 500 AD to 1500 AD.

These tricks will provide a set of anchors for a basic overall framework of western world history and especially for the Bible. There are 15 tricks in all. Each is a stand alone item so you can easily pick and choose what is relevant to your child’s studies and discard what you don’t need. The images and some of the references go along with The ShorterWord Timeline of Western Civilization, but you don’t have to have the Timeline to use the Tricks, though they do relate and enhance each other.

No doubt, Voltaire had entirely different “tricks” in mind when he used the term in the quote above. The past, as he might have explained, is what actually happened, but history is what historians tell us happened, and of course, no historian (and that includes you and me) is ever completely unbiased. But history is fun and the exploration and interpretation of history will go forever onward, including the good and the bad, the correct and incorrect. There will always be new theories being put forth about old documents, new archaeological discoveries clearing away old misconceptions (or giving us a few new ones!), and fresh understandings as our ever advancing technology re-examines the past. So here’s to the study of history and to enjoying it–even if we do end up playing a few “tricks on the dead”!

Download or view The Pack of Tricks

After the PDF file loads, just right click and hit “save as” to save it to your computer.

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