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Books of the Bible

     A good way to start understanding the bible is to learn and know the books of the bible.   Each book has its own theme and some books of the bible are linked closely together in their history, content and authorship.
     This is a quick synopsis of the books of the bible that I developed a few years ago.  It will give you a very brief overview of the books of the bible.  Mark this page for quick reference or print it out--It will aid you in your study of the bible.

1.  OLD TESTAMENT

    A.  PENTATEUCH (5)

GENESIS -- First book of Moses -- History of Man from the beginning

EXODUS -- Second book of Moses -- Deliverance of Israel from captivity

LEVITICUS -- Third book of Moses -- Book of the law

NUMBERS -- Fourth book of Moses -- Story of wandering in the wilderness

DEUTERONOMY -- Fifth book of Moses -- 2nd recital of law before promise land

     B.  HISTORICAL BOOKS (12)

JOSHUA -- Took over as judge of Israel after Moses

JUDGES -- 6 Judges, men and women, who lead the children of Israel until they asked God for a king

RUTH -- (Author possibly Samuel)  -- In the family line to Jesus

I & II SAMUEL -- 1st and 2nd book of the Kings (Anoints the first two Kings of Israel)

I & II KINGS -- 3rd and 4th Book of the Kings, History of the Kingdom of Israel (Elijah and Elisha appear)

I & II CHRONICLES -- Record of David, Solomon, and the kings of Judah after the division of Israel up to the time of captivity

EZRA -- Record of the return of the Jews from captivity, and the rebuilding of the temple

NEHEMIAH -- Account of the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem, and the re-establishment of the sacred ordinances

ESTER -- Story of Queen Esther's deliverance of the Jews from the plot of Haman

    C.  POETICAL (5)

JOB -- The story of how one man overcome affliction despite the attack led by Satan against him

PSALMS -- Collection of 150 spiritual songs, poems, and prayers used through the centuries by the church in its devotion

PROVERBS -- (Author: King Solomon) Collection of moral and religious guidance and a discussion on wisdom

ECCLESIASTICS [or the Preacher] (Author: Solomon) A reflection on the vanity of life by Solomon

SONG OF SOLOMON -- (Author: Solomon) A religious poem symbolizing the mutual love of Christ and the church

   D. PROPHETICAL BOOKS.  MAJOR PROPHETS (5)

ISAIAH -- (Prophet of Redemption) -- Announces woes on sinful nation

JEREMIAH -- (Weeping Prophet) -- THEME: Backsliding, bondage, restoration of Jews, Lived from time of Josiah to the Captivity

LAMENTATION OF JEREMIAH - Series of wailing for the affliction of Israel

EZEKIEL -- A book showing the sad condition of God's people and the pathway to restoration

DANIEL -- Personal biography of Daniel, lived during captivity, also a vision of the end times

     E. MINOR PROPHETS (12)

HOSEA -- Lived with Isaiah and Micah -- Shows the spiritual adultery of Israel

JOEL -- Prophet to Judah -- National repentance and it's blessing

AMOS -- The herdsman prophet, a reformer denouncing selfishness and sin

OBADIAH -- The doom of Edom and final deliverance of Israel

JONAH -- "Reluctant Missionary", went to Ninevh, shows the blessing of obedience

MICAH -- Shows a dark picture of the moral condition of Israel and Judah

NAHUM -- The destruction of Ninevh

HABAKKUK -- THEME: How can a just God allow a wicked nation to oppress Israel

ZEPHANIAH -- A somber book filled with threatening, but ends in a vision of the future glory of Israel

HAGGAI -- A colleague of Zechariah.  Reproves the people for slackness in building the second temple, promises return of God's glory upon completion

ZECHARIAH -- Contemporary of Zechariah. Helps arouse the Jews to rebuild the temple

MALACHI -- Gives a graphic picture of the closing period of Old Testament History.  Shows necessity of reforms before the coming Messiah

2.  NEW TESTAMENT

     A.  BIOGRAPHICAL (4)

ST MATTHEW -- Apostle writer -- Purple, Jesus, King of Kings --Tax Collector -- Written to Jews showing the kingly Messiah of Jewish Prophecy (Looks at money in areas)

ST MARK -- Apostle writer -- Scarlet, Servant -- Brief record of Jesus' Life (Emphasis on the supernatural power of Christ over nature, disease, and demons

ST LUKE -- Apostle writer -- White, Son of Man -- Beloved Physician -- the most complete biography of Jesus -- portrays Christ as the Son of Man, compassion on the poor, sinful

ST JOHN -- Apostle writer -- Blue, Heavenly -- Beloved Apostle -- writes about Love, unveils Jesus Christ as the Son of God -- reveal his deeper teachings

     B.  HISTORICAL (1)

ACTS OF THE APOSTLES (Author: St Luke) -- A sequel to the Gospel of Luke -- THEME: the origin and growth of the early church, from the ascension of Christ to the imprisonment of Paul at Rome

     C. THE PAULINE EPISTLES (14)

ROMANS (EPISTLE OF PAUL) Addressed to the Roman Christians -- shows a need for salvation and spiritual, social and civic duties

I CORINTHIANS (EPISTLE OF PAUL) Addressed to the Corinthian  church -- Cleansing of the Church from various evils and doctrinal instruction

II CORINTHIANS (EPISTLE OF PAUL) -- Corinthian Church -- characteristics of an apostolic ministry and shows Paul's apostleship

GALATIANS (EPISTLE OF PAUL) - Addressed to the Galatian Church -- Doctrine of Justification by Faith, warnings against false teachers and the return to Judaism

EPHESIANS (EPISTLE OF PAUL) -- Addressed to the Church at Ephesus -- Glorious plan of Salvation, All barriers between Jews and Gentiles are broken down

PHILIPPIANS (EPISTLE OF PAUL) -- Addressed to the Philippian Church -- reveals Paul's intense devotion to Christ, steadfast doctrine, and joy in prison

COLOSSIANS (EPISTLE OF PAUL) -- Addressed to the Colosse Church - Glory of Christ as the head of the Church -- Abandon worldly philosophy and sin

I THESSALONIANS (EPISTLE OF PAUL) -- Addressed to Thessalonica Church -- apostolic commendation, reminiscences, counsels.  Future coming of Christ

II THESSALONIANS (EPISTLE OF PAUL) -- Enlightens church concerning the doctrine of Christ's second coming and warning against unrest and social disorders

I TIMOTHY (EPISTLE OF PAUL) -- Counsels to a young pastor (conduct and work)

II TIMOTHY (EPISTLE OF PAUL) -- Written shortly before Paul's death, giving instruction

TITUS (EPISTLE OF PAUL) -- An apostolic letter giving counsels and exhortations to a trusted friend

PHILEMON (EPISTLE OF PAUL) -- A private letter written to Philemon, beseeching hi to receive and forgive Onesimus, a runaway slave

HEBREWS (EPISTLE OF PAUL) -- Blessing of the new dispensation, compared with those of the Old Testament -- Shows Christ's glory

     D.  GENERAL EPISTLES (6)

JAMES -- Apostle -- the Lord's brother -- Addressed to Jewish converts, Practical religion by good works contrasted by Faith

I PETER -- Apostle -- Letter of encouragement to saints scattered throughout Asia Minor -- privilege of believers following the example of Christ

II PETER  -- Apostle -- Warning against false teachers and scoffers

I JOHN  -- Apostle -- Deep spiritual message to believers in the church, stress upon believer's privilege of spiritual knowledge and duty of love

II JOHN -- Apostle -- Message on worldly error, warning against false teachers

III JOHN -- Apostle -- Letter of commendation written to Gaius

JUDE  -- (Author: the brother of James) -- Historical examples of apostasy and divine judgement on sinners, warning against immoral teachers

     E. PROPHETICAL (1)

REVELATIONS -- Apostle -- Author: John -- Visions concerning the end of time, the battle between Jesus and Satan, Jesus' victory, and Heaven

Compiled by Rev. Kelvin Franklin

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