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 catagories: 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.
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
I & II Samuel
I & II Kings
I & II Chronicles
Song of Solomon
I & II Corinthians
I & II Thessalonians
I & II Timothy
I & II Peter
I, II, & III John
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.
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