The List of Books In The Bible: What Are They?
A tale as old as time…and I’m not talking Beauty and the Beast here! The Bible is one of the most read books in history, and even to this day, over 100 million copies of the Bible are sold each year and has been translated into 532 languages. As books go, that is an impressive feat especially when you consider that the Bible is made up of a variety of authors from Kings to shepherds.
The Bible is made up of two parts, the Old Testament and the New Testament, which both are comprised of songs, poetry, stories and letters. Historically, it is said to have taken over 1,000 years for the Old Testament to have been written, whilst the New testament was supposedly written within a period of 50-75 years.
Below is the list of books in the Bible
The Old Testament
The first five books of the Old Testament are considered guidelines of how people were meant to live within legal requirements, and consisted of stories that consisted of examples on the best way to live at the time.
- The First Book of Moses Called Genesis
- The Second Book of Moses Called Exodus
- The Third Book of Moses Called Leviticus
- The Fourth Book of Moses Called Numbers
- The Fifth Book of Moses Called Deuteronomy
This section is a form of narrative made up of sayings and prayers by and about social activists of the day, reminding people of the values attributed to God. This consists of both ‘latter’ and ‘former’ prophets of the time.
- The Book of Joshua
- The Book of Judges
- The Book of Ruth
- The First Book of Samuel
- The Second Book of Samuel
- The First Book of Kings
- The Second Book of Kings
- The First Book of Chronicles
- The Second Book of Chronicles
- The Book of Ezra
- The Book of Nehemiah
- The Book of Esther
The Wisdom Literature
These consist of psalms, songs and proverbs, such as The Book of Job, and are concluded with the writings of Major and Minor Prophets.
- The Book of Job
- The Book of Psalms
- The Book of Proverbs
- The Book of Ecclesiastes
- The Song of Songs (or Song of Solomon or Canticles)
- The Book of Isaiah
- The Book of Jeremiah
- The Book of Lamentations
- The Book of Ezekiel
- The Book of Daniel
- The Book of Hosea
- The Book of Joel
- The Book of Amos
- The Book of Obadiah
- The Book of Jonah
- The Book of Micah
- The Book of Nahum
- The Book of Habakkuk
- The Book of Zephaniah
- The Book of Haggai
- The Book of Zechariah
- The Book of Malachi
The New Testament
The New Testament is made up of only 27 books and falls into two parts, The Gospels and The Letters.
The Gospels are some of the better known readings in the Bible, made up of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, and it is these which tell the story of Jesus. These were never intended to be a biography of the life of Jesus, but a series of examples and teachings that would allow the spread of Christianity through demonstrations of significance to other cultures. Matthew, Mark and Luke are different versions of similar events and are known as the ‘Synoptic gospels’, while Luke also wrote the Acts of the Apostles, which describes the spread of Christianity to becoming a Worldwide faith.
- The Gospel According to Matthew
- The Gospel According to Mark
- The Gospel According to Luke
- The Gospel According to John
- The Acts of the Apostles
The Letters were a form of communication between the Church leaders and converts, that offered advice as to how best to serve God and show their commitment to Jesus, within the different cultural contexts many found themselves in during the Roman period. One of the most well-known and prominent of the writers was Paul.
- The Epistle of Paul to the Romans
- The First Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians
- The Second Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians
- The Epistle of Paul to the Galatians
- The Epistle of Paul to the Ephesians
- The Epistle of Paul to the Philippians
- The Epistle of Paul to the Colossians
- The First Epistle of Paul to the Thessalonians
- The Second Epistle of Paul to the Thessalonians
- The First Epistle of Paul to Timothy
- The Second Epistle of Paul to Timothy
- The Epistle of Paul to Titus
- The Epistle of Paul to Philemon
- The Epistle to the Hebrews
- The General Epistle of James
- The First Epistle of Peter
- The Second Epistle of Peter
- The First Epistle of John
- The Second Epistle of John
- The Third Epistle of John
- The Epistle of Jude
And finally, the New Testament ends with the Book of Revelations, which are a series of letters discussing the Church’s take on everything from creation to the end of the World, as they saw it.
- The Book of Revelation (or The Apocalypse of John)
That is the last of 66 books that are found in the Bible. Whether you are religious or not, the Bible still has an incredible impact in today’s world, and is a comforting companion for millions of people every day, despite being over a thousand years old. There are still so many important lessons we can learn from reading the Bible, religious or not, believing in a God does not decide whether you should be kind to others. That is a human choice.
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