The 66 Books easily separate into 8 sections.
39 Old Testament Books
Section 1: Books of Moses
Old Testament Books 1-5
Moses, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, wrote the first five books of the Bible, –Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.
The first eleven chapters of Genesis cover the history of early mankind, narrating the events of the creation, the fall, and the flood. When the people on earth abandoned God, He brought the flood to wipe out all people except Noah and his family.
Beginning with Genesis 12, the Bible begins reporting God’s choice of one man. The man was Abraham, and his descendants, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph, were the Jewish people. The rest of the Old Testament traces the history of this one family, and what God has done through them. The second section concerns the lives of the patriarchs, 400 years of slavery in Egypt, Exodus from Egypt, 40 years of wandering in the desert, and finally Moses death.
Eventually, Noah’s descendants also abandon and neglect God. Instead of destroying the world this time, he chooses Abraham and his descendants become his chosen people on earth. God made an agreement (a covenant) with Abraham that if he follows God’s instructions and continues to have faith in him, Abraham’s descendants will one day become a great nation and inherit the land of Canaan (The Promised Land).
Section 2: Historical Books of God’s Chosen People, the Israelites
Old Testament Books 6-17
The Historical Books detail the history of God’s chosen people, their troubles and their triumphs. They record the history of Israel, beginning with the conquest of the land of Canaan (Promised Land) and ending with the return of God’s people from foreign captivity.
The Historical Books tell the story of the rise and fall of Israel, covering a large swath of history. These books tell of ancient Israel’s formation, rise to prominence, collapse into moral and physical defeat, and restoration.
Section 3:Wisdom Books
Old Testament Books 18-22
Referred to as “wisdom literature,” these books deal with our human struggles and real-life experiences.
The Book of Psalms served as the ancient Israelites’ prayer & song book. The Psalms praise God for his mighty acts, appeal for God’s help in overcoming trials, and some even predict the coming of the Christ.
Section 4: Books of the Prophets
Old Testament Books 23-39
God spoke to his people through preachers called prophets. According to the Bible, God warned his people many times that their bad behavior would hurt them and what it would cost them. The message of the prophets was basically, “judgment is coming, but blessings will follow for those who heed the warning to repent”.
The main period of prophecy was during the later years of the divided kingdoms of Judah and Israel, throughout the time of exile, and into the years of Israel’s return from exile.
God warned Israel and Judah over and over again through the prophets. The people forsook God, worshipped idols, did injustice, and loved evil. But God forewarned them of coming judgments because of sin.
27 New Testament Books
The New Testament is made up of 27 books, covering a time span of only 60 to 70 years. These books tell the stories of Jesus’ life and the establishment of the Christian church. The New Testament deals with Jesus Christ’s birth, life, death, and resurrection, the beginning of the Christian church, and instruction about how to live as a follower of Jesus Christ.
The New Testament is the fulfillment and culmination of the Old Testament. The New Testament tells the story of Christ’s coming to earth as a man, his life and ministry, his mission, message, and miracles, his death, burial, and resurrection, and the promise of his return.
Section 5: Gospels
New Testament Books 1-4
The four Gospels recount the story of Jesus Christ, each book giving us a unique perspective on his life.
Section 6: Acts
New Testament Book 5
The book of Acts, written by Luke, provides a detailed, eyewitness account of the birth and growth of the early church and the spread of the gospel immediately after the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The Christian message was spread on earth starting with the apostles. This laid the foundation for the Christian Church.
Section 7: Epistles
New Testament Books 6-26
The Epistles are letters written to the churches and individual believers in the earliest days of Christianity.
Section 8: Revelation
New Testament Book 27
The last book of the Bible is Revelation, which talks about the “end times.” Some people refer to Revelation as the Apocalypse.
John penned this book while living in exile on the island of Patmos, around A.D. 90-95. At the time, the early Christian church in Asia faced an intense period of persecution.
The book of Revelation is believed to be a culmination of end times prophecies. The hope-filled message of salvation in Jesus Christ, the promise of blessing for his followers, and God’s ultimate victory and supreme power are the prevailing themes of the book.