Overview of the Bible
The New Testament documents the birth, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, along with many of his teachings. After this it has an account of what Jesus' followers did immediately following His Ascension, as well as letters written by the apostles to individuals and early churches. The final book, Revelation, describes a vision of what will happen at the end of the world.
In the Protestant Bible The Old Testament is arranged by grouping the books into four or five sections, the Pentateuch, the historical books, the poetical books, and the prophetical books, with the latter often being further divided into Major and Minor Prophets.
The Pentateuch comprises the five books attributed to Moses.
Genesis relates the creation of the world and of living things, including man, the Fall of man, the destruction of the world by flood, the origin of multiple languages and the dispersion of humanity, and the origins of the Israelites. In doing so, it lays the foundation for many biblical doctrines.
Judges is about the various individuals whom God appointed to guide the early nation.
Ruth tells the story of a woman from a neighbouring country who came to know God and who moved to Israel.
Esther tells the story of a Jewess living in another country who saved the Jews living there.
The poetical books are collections of poetry, songs, and sayings.
Job briefly tells us about a Godly man of that name, and how he was tested by Satan. Most of the book comprises the conversations he had with a few friends, and these conversations are presented in poetical form.
The prophetical books are books by or about various prophets, men who passed on God's messages to His people. They can be further subdivided in Major Prophets and Minor Prophets, according to the length of the books.
The books of the New Testament are arranged into several groups, although the names of the groups and precise definitions can vary.
The historical books comprise the four Gospels and the Book of Acts.
Matthew tells the story of Jesus from just before his birth through to his death, resurrection, and ascension into Heaven. The book is told from a particularly-Jewish perspective, highlighting how Jesus fulfilled various prophecies recorded in the Old Testament.
Mark's account of Jesus begins with the start of Jesus' ministry and largely finishes with his resurrection, although the last few verses, which are not found on the earliest copies, briefly take the account through to Jesus' ascension.
Luke wrote his account for a Greek audience, so tells the story from that perspective. Like Matthew, he begins just before Jesus' birth, and finishes with the ascension.
John tells the story of Jesus from the start of His ministry and finishes with events following His resurrection, but concentrates more on spiritual themes than the other Gospel writers.
Most of the remainder of the New Testament comprises various epistles, or letters, written to early churches or individuals. The contain teaching, and very little historical information.
|Books of the Bible|
|Pentateuch (Torah)||Genesis • Exodus • Leviticus • Numbers • Deuteronomy|
|History||Joshua • Judges • Ruth • I Samuel • II Samuel • I Kings • II Kings • I Chronicles • II Chronicles • Ezra • Nehemiah • Esther|
|Wisdom Literature||Job • Psalms • Proverbs • Ecclesiastes • Song of Solomon|
|Major Prophets||Isaiah • Jeremiah • Lamentations • Ezekiel • Daniel|
|Minor Prophets||Hosea • Joel • Amos • Obadiah • Jonah • Micah • Nahum • Habakkuk • Zephaniah • Haggai • Zechariah • Malachi|
|The Gospels||According to Matthew • According to Mark • According to Luke • According to John|
|History||Acts of the Apostles|
|Pauline Epistles||Romans • I Corinthians • II Corinthians • Galatians • Ephesians • Philippians • Colossians • I Thessalonians • II Thessalonians • I Timothy • II Timothy • Titus • Philemon|
|General Epistles||Hebrews • James • I Peter • II Peter • I John • II John • III John • Jude|
|Prophecy||The Revelation to John|