The "chronological order" groups books or portions of books together according to their historical date and content. Rather, it follows the order of books found in the Greek Septuagint and the Latin Vulgate translated by Jerome in the 4th century A. The "canonical order" groups books together according to their type of literature: law, history, poetry, and prophecy in the Old Testament; gospel, history, and epistle in the New Testament.I can think of no greater admonition for all people today than this one from the pen of Isaiah. Haggai and Zechariah would be placed within the book of Ezra.Reading Scripture was both an Old Testament practice (Exod. In the New Testament, Philemon would be grouped with Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians. The canonical order of books does not follow a chronological order all the way through the Bible.
James and Thessalonians would be placed before Corinthians. For example, portions of 1 Chronicles, Isaiah and Jeremiah are moved to reflect chronological order. For example, some of the Psalms are placed within 1 and 2 Samuel and Old Testament prophetic material is placed within the books of Kings and Chronicles.In the New Testament, the four gospels are combined together and some of Paul's epistles are inserted into the books of Acts. To place Bible books in chronological order, three kinds of rearranging must be done. For example, in the Old Testament, Job is often placed after Genesis. The majority of printed Bibles today arrange their books canonically rather than chronologically. This article covers the method of reading the Bible in chronological order. If one were to use a standard Bible and start reading in Genesis and read book-by-book in order to Revelation, he would be reading the Bible in canonical order.