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Books of the Bible

By Glenn Davis

Before we look at the books of the Bible, let's see where the word “Bible” comes from. It is originally from the Greek word “biblos” which was the name assigned to the outer coat of a papyrus reed in Egypt during the eleventh century B.C. The plural form of "biblos" is "biblia" which word the Christians by the second century A.D. were using to describe their writings. The Latin picked up the word, using the same spelling and it was then transliterated into French maintaining the Greek spelling. The English word came from the Old French, changing its ending making the word Bible.

The Bible is composed of 66 books written over a period of about 1800 years by 40 different people. The first part of the Bible is the Old Testament [or Old Covenant] which consists of 39 books. These Books are divided into 4 general categories: Books of Law called the Pentateuch or Torah, the Historical Books, the Poetic Books, and the Prophetic Books. The New Testament [or New Covenant] has 27 books which is also divided in 4 categories: The Gospels, The Historical Book, The Letters, and The Book of Vision.

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Divisions of the Books
Of The Old Testament

Although the Jewish "Old Testament" contains the same books as the Christian Old Testament, they are placed in a different order. A good place to begin a study of the Old Testament is our Old Testament Survey Course.

Books of the Law
[also called the Pentateuch or Torah]

Genesis
Exodus
Leviticus
Numbers
Deuteronomy

Historical Books of the Bible

Joshua
Judges
Ruth
I & II Samuel
I & II Kings
I & II Chronicles
Ezra
Nehemiah
Esther

Poetic Books of the Bible

Job
Psalms
Proverbs
Ecclesiastes
Song of Solomon

Prophetic Books

A list of the Books Of The Bible and their categories.

Major Prophets

Isaiah
Jeremiah
Lamentations
Ezekiel
Daniel

Minor Prophets

Hosea
Joel
Amos
Obediah
Jonah
Micah
Nahum
Habakkuk
Zephaniah
Haggai
Zechariah
Malachi

Divisions of the Books
of the New Testament

We now have a New Testament Survey Course which has a special section for our Feed Yourself students.

The Gospels

Matthew
Mark
Luke
John

The Historical Book

Acts

The Letters

Romans
I & II Corinthians
Galatians
Ephesians
Phillippians
Colossians
I & II Thessalonians
I & II Timothy
Titus
Philemon
Hebrews
James
I & II Peter
I, II, & III John
Jude

The Book of Vision

Revelation

This page on the Books of the Bible was intended primarily for our Feed Yourself students who are learning how to study the books of the Bible and their contents for themselves.

For more information about Glenn Davis see our About Glenn page and/or his Author's Page.

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