Recently, I came across this "dramatic" overview by Al Wolters and Mike Goheen. I think it's great.
“The Bible tells a single story, from the origin of all things in Genesis 1 to the consummation of all things in Revelation 22. One way to trace the flow of the biblical story is to describe it as a drama that unfolds in six acts. In act one God creates the world as his kingdom. His original purpose for the creation is revealed and he pronounces it very good (Gen. 1). Human beings are created as God’s image to develop and care for the creation in communion with God (Gen. 1:26-28; 2:15). In act two the whole of God’s good creation, including all of human life, is contaminated by human rebellion (Gen. 3). A tension now emerges in the narrative between the goodness of creation and the evil that defiles it. This tension demands a resolution.
In act three God announces that resolution: He will crush sin and the disastrous effects that were unleashed by Adam and Eve’s rebellion (Gen. 3:15). He chooses and forms a special people with the mission to bear his redemptive purpose for the world (Gen. 12:1-3; Ex. 19:3-6). They are called to be a community that embodies God’s original good creational design for human life. This people is placed on the land to be a light to the nations and a channel of God’s redemptive power to all peoples. God gives them the law, the sacrificial system, leaders called to be priests, kings and prophets, and much more — all to nourish a life that points to God’s intention for all people. God’s purpose appears to fail as the power of sin is too deeply rooted in the heart of Israel, and she is overcome by the darkness of her pagan neighbors. Yet through the prophets God promises that a future Saviour will usher in a worldwide and never-ending kingdom in the power of the Spirit. The world will be renewed and sin and its effects forever done away with.
In act four that promise is kept when Jesus of Nazareth steps onto the stage of history. He announces that he has been sent to realize the expectation of Israel and to fulfil Israel’s calling by bringing God’s salvation to a broken world (Lk. 4:18-19). His announcement is that the kingdom of God has arrived, that God’s power by the Spirit to liberate and heal creation is now present in him (Mark 1:14-15; Matt 12:28). His life reveals and demonstrates the kingdom. He gathers Israel to be a rallying point for all nations. His death accomplishes the victory of the kingdom. His resurrection guarantees the reality of the kingdom.
Before the resurrected Christ ascends to the Father he gathers together the disciples, the nucleus of a newly gathered Israel, and gives them their marching orders: “As the Father sent me, I am sending you” (John 20:21). This defines the existence of the community of Christ-followers: they are called to continue the witness to the kingdom that Jesus began. What Jesus did in Israel the church is to do in the whole world. The continuing mission of this community to witness to the kingdom constitutes act five of the biblical story. This era of witness” has now lasted about two thousand years and will continue until Jesus returns to complete his work of renewal. That final work of the judgement and renewal of the entire creation constitutes the sixth and final act of world history.” (Creation Regained, 123-24, bold emphasis added)
I'd be tempted to divide act four, so that the lived-experience of Israel (with its climax in the kingdom) stood a little separate from the latter Old Testament prophets. Their vision of the coming salvation (albeit in the language of what came before) is so grand that it eclipses the experience of Israel under David and Solomon, and paves the way for something far great (Jesus!).
That said, I reckon Wolters and Goheen have done us a real favour here.