The Bible is a collection of 66 books written by different authors.
There are 39 Old Testament books and 27 New Testament books.
The 66 books easily separate into 8 sections.
The Bible tells one essential story of the creation, the fall, the election of Israel, the promise of a coming Savior, the birth of Jesus, his supernatural ministry, his redeeming death, his victorious resurrection, his establishing of God’s kingdom, and his glorious return.
39 Old Testament Books
Section 1 Books of Moses
1 Genesis Creation – The Flood – Patriarchs – 400 years Slavery in Egypt
2 Exodus Exodus from Egypt – Forty Years in Wilderness
3 Leviticus Laws given during Forty Years in Wilderness
4 Numbers Laws given during Forty Years in Wilderness
5 Deuteronomy Laws given during Forty Years in Wilderness – Moses Dies
Section 2 History of Israel
6 Joshua Joshua led the Israelites to Promised Land of Canaan
7 Judges Judges Rule the Israelites
8 Ruth Woman’s faithfulness to her mother-in-law
9 Samuel 1 Samuel’s tenure as judge of Israel and the reign of King Saul
10 Samuel 2 King David’s rule
11 Kings 1 King Solomon’s reign, the division of the kingdom
12 Kings 2 Fall of Samaria and Jerusalem
13 Chronicles 1 Divided Kingdom
14 Chronicles 2 Divided Kingdom
15 Ezra Israelites in Exile for 70 Years
16 Nehemiah Rebuilding of Jerusalem’s wall after Exile
17 Esther Jewish Queen Saves her People
Section 3 Literature and Poetry of the Hebrew Nation
18 Job Explores the Question of Human Suffering
19 Psalms Ancient Israelites’ Prayer and Song Book
20 Proverbs Wisdom of Solomon
21 Ecclesiastes Futility of Human Efforts to Create Meaning
22 Song of Solomon Love Poems
Section 4 Prophets
23 Isaiah Isaiah prophesied about the coming of Jesus
25 Lamentations Short collection of poems lamenting the fall of Jerusalem.
27 Daniel visions of the end times
29 Joel Promising that God’s spirit will be poured out on all flesh.
30 Amos condemning Israel’s oppression of the poor and calling for justice
31 Obadiah A prophecy against Edom for the injustices against Israel.
32 Jonah Swallowed by a whale, moved the people of Nineveh to repent.
33 Micah Foretells the fall of Jerusalem
34 Nahum Foretelling the destruction of Nineveh and the overthrow of Assyria.
37 Haggai Urging those who returned from exile to rebuild the Temple.
38 Zechariah Post-exilic prophecies concerning the restoration of Israel
39 Malachi condemns corrupt priests
27 New Testament Books
Section 5 Gospels
1 Matthew Tells about Jesus’ life on earth
2 Mark Tells about Jesus’ life on earth
3 Luke Tells about Jesus’ life on earth
4 John Tells about Jesus’ life on earth
Section 6 Acts
5 Acts Story of the Early Church and the spread of Christianity
Section 7 Epistles
6 Romans Letter sent to the Christians at Rome
7 1 Corinthians Letter sent to the Christians at Corinth
8 2 Corinthians
9 Galatians Letter to Galatians – Fruit of Spirit
12 Colossians letter to the church at Colossae
13 1 Thessalonians
14 2 Thessalonians
15 1 Timothy urging the godly to “fight the good fight of faith.”
16 2 Timothy
17 Titus Summarizing the qualities of good elders
20 James be doers of the word and not merely hearers
22 2 Peter
23 1 John those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.
24 2 John
25 3 John support missionaries
26 Jude warning against false teachers
Section 8 Revelation
27 Revelation of end-times.