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The following are summaries of the 66 Books found in the Holy Bible

Bible Books

Old Testament

Genesis: Genesis is the first book of the Bible and explains the creation of the universe ad life on earth. It includes Adam and Eve, the Fall, the Flood, and the dispersion of mankind. Then comes the account of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and the origin of God’s people Israel.

Exodus: Exodus relates the history of the Israelites in Egypt after the death of Joseph. God brings His people out of bondage and gives them the Law on Mount Sinai.

Leviticus: Leviticus contains little historical matter, but much law. Emphasis is placed on Israel’s separation from all heathen influence so God’s people can maintain their purity.

Numbers: Numbers (named after the numbering of Israel) continues the narration of Exodus. The Israelites refuse to enter the land God promised them, so they travel in the wilderness for forty years and finally arrive at Moab.

Deuteronomy: Deuteronomy contains three sermons and two poems spoken by Moses in Moab as the Israelites prepare to cross the River Jordan after his death. Moses expounds the Law and predicts the nation’s future of dispersion, restoration, and blessing.

Joshua: Joshua is Moses successor who leads the people into the Promised Land. The people conquer Canaan under his leadership, and the land is divided among the twelve tribes of Israel.

Judges: Judges is so called because it tells of the judges, or rules, of Israel from the possession of Canaan until the time of the prophet-judge Samuel. It includes the adventures of Deborah, Gideon, and Samson.

Ruth: Ruth is the story of the Moabite Ruth and her mother-in-law Naomi. The two widowed woman return to Naomi’s homeland, Judah, where Ruth meets and marries Boaz. She becomes a great-grandmother of King David, the great ancestor of Jesus Christ.

1 Samuel, 2 Samuel: First and second Samuel are historical books named after the prophet –Judge Samuel, who helps to unite the scattered tribes under one king at the people’s insistence. First Saul is made king, and then he is replaced by King David.

1 Kings, 2 Kings: First and second Kings follow the monarchy past its summit under King Solomon, through the nation’s division, decline, and fall. The northern Kingdom of Israel is taken captive by the Assyrians, and the southern Kingdom of Judah is taken into captivity in Babylon.

1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles: First and Second Chronicles have much in common with the books of Samuel and Kings. They contain genealogies from Adam through Saul and beyond, the reigns of David and Solomon, the division, decline, captivity, and the proclamation of the Persian King Cyrus that returns the people to their land.

Ezra: Ezra continues the narration of Chronicles, and details the first return of the Jews from captivity and the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem.

Nehemiah: Nehemiah continues the narration of Chronicles, and tells of the rebuilding of the city’s walls and efforts to bring religious reform.

Esther: Esther is the story of a Jewish maiden who is chosen to marry Ahasuerus, King of Persia. Through her position, Esther and her cousin Mordecai are able to keep the wicked Haman from having all the Jews in the empire killed.

Job: Job, the first of the prophetical books, deals with the pattern of suffering. God allows Satan to afflict Job, a prosperous and pious man, to test his faith. Job loses his Children, his property, and his health. But in the end he acknowledges God’s wisdom and justice, and God restores him.

Psalms: Psalms is a collection of poems written over a long period. They express the heart of humility in all generation through a variety of religious experiences. Originally, the Psalms were chanted or sung to the accompaniment of musical instruments.

Proverbs: Proverbs is part of the Old Testament’s wisdom literature. This book contains short sayings of common sense and sound advice about life.

Ecclesiastes: Ecclesiastes contains the writings of a wealthy man, possibly Solomon, who experiences the sorrows and disappointments of life. He sees that the true value and meaning of life are to be found only in God.

Song of Solomon is a rich, dramatic love song. It tells of the beauty of love between husband and wife, and also signifies the love God for His people or that of Christ for His church.

Isaiah: Isaiah is the first of four major prophetic books. The first part proclaims judgment to come and the second part announces comfort in the coming Messiah. A remnant of Israel and Judah will survive and prosper. Many memorable prophecies of Christ are found in Isaiah.

Jeremiah: Jeremiah receives the divine call to be a prophet while very young. He predicts doom upon his nation for its many sins. He is hated by priests and people alike, but he predicts that one day God will initiate a new covenant for His people.

Lamentations: Lamentations consists of five poems occasioned by the fall of Jerusalem and the Babylonian captivity. It describes the terrible plight of the people, but holds out hope in God’s compassion and ultimate deliverance.

Ezekiel: Ezekiel is written by a prophet of the Babylonian captivity. He denounces the sins of Judah and Jerusalem, announces judgement on surrounding nations, then looks forward to the cleansing and restoration of a reunited Israel.

Daniel: Daniel is written by a contemporary of Ezekiel who has a high position in Babylon. First it describes Daniel’s faith and the superiority of his God over the idols of Babylon. Then tiere are four of Daniel’s prophetic visions with their interpretations.

Hosea: Hosea is the first book of the twelve “minor prophets.” Immorality is rampant in the well-off northern kingdom of Isreal. Hosea’s adulterous wife illustrates the faithless nation, but Hosea shows her mercy and forgiveness, as God will show His people when they repent.

Joel: Joel is written during a locust plague in Judah. The coming day of the Lord will be even more devastating. But in repentance there is promise of relief and blessing. God will show His awesome power in heaven and on earth.

Amos: Amos is the book of a herdsman from Tekoa, a small town in Judah, God calls him to leave Judah and prophesy against the northern kingdom of Israel. Their unique relationship to God has made them uniquely accountable, God says, and they will be judged.

Obadiah: Obadiah contains only one chapter and is the shortest book of the Old Testament. Obadiah condemns the arrogance, the cruelty of Edom and predicts its destruction.

Jonah: Jonah is told by God to go and preach to Nineveh, the capital of the cruel Assyrian empire. Jonah disobeys and tries to flee on a ship to Tarshish. His shipmates throw him overboard and he is swallowed by a great fish. But he survives and goes to Nineveh and proclaims God’s judgement. God teaches him a lesson about compassion.

Micah: Micah condemns the injustice that pervades both the northern and Southern Kingdoms. People go through the motions of worship, but it is empty ritual. Their wicked lives show they have deserted God.

Nahum: Nahum predicts the fall of Nineveh (where Jonah had preached a century before). He shows that God is unrelenting toward those who keep opposing him.

Habakkuk: Habakkuk concerns the problem of unpunished evil. God reveals that He will use Babylon as His rod of punishment against sinful Judah. But Babylon is even more wicked and will eventually be judged as it deserves. Habakkuk praises God’s wonderful wisdom.

Zephaniah: Zephaniah reveals that God’s wrath will chasten Judah, but salvation will follow in the day of the Lord.

Haggai: Haggai prophesies after the captives have returned from Babylon. He is concerned with the people’s misplaced priorities. They are preoccupied with their own affairs and have neglected the temple. They need to put God first.

Zechariah: Zechariah is also a prophet of the restoration. He encourages the people to rebuild the temple by reminding them that one day Messiah will inhabit it. He emphasizes hope during trying times.

Malachi: Malachi is later than Haggai and Zechariah, about the time of Nehemiah. He charges the priests and the people with indifference, unbelief, and immorality, and announces the coming day of the Lord.

New Testament

Matthew: Matthew is the first of three “synoptic” Gospels that take a similar view of the life of Christ. Matthew presents Jesus as the King of the Jews, and emphasizes God’s love for Israel and the fulfillment of His prophecies and promises to them.

Mark: Mark presents Jesus as the Servant, ever active and instantly responsive to the will of the Father. Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross is the ultimate act of service. This is possibly the earliest of the Gospels and is believed to be based on the teachings of Peter.

Luke: Luke brings out Jesus’ role as the Son of man – humanity in its perfection. This Gospel conveys the mercy and compassion of God, including the parables of the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal son. It also includes the story of the shepherds at the birth of Christ.

John: John presents Jesus as the Son of God. More than any other Gospel, John portrays the perfection of the deity of Christ. This account contains many words of Christ and other material not present in the three synoptic Gospels.

Acts: The Acts of the Apostles, written by Luke as a sequel to his Gospel, is the account of what Jesus’ disciples did after His resurrection. It tells about the Holy Spirit’s ministry in the early Christian church. The latter part focuses on Paul and his mission to the Gentiles.

Romans: Romans is the first in a collection of epistles, or letters of Paul. It contains a full explanation of basic doctrine. Paul stresses that all have sinned, but God freely saves all who receive Him by faith in Christ. He also discusses the place of Israel in God’s plan.

1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians: First and Second Corinthians are two letters from Paul to the church at Corinth, where the believers are finding it hard to live as they ought to, and some are questioning Paul’s apostleship. He describes the hardship he has endured serving Christ.

Galatians: Galatians is Paul’s defense of the gospel of God’s grace, apart from works of law. Some in Galatia are confused by visiting Christians who think keeping the law is also necessary for a believer. Paul says the purpose of the law is to lead us to faith in Christ.

Ephesians: Ephesians is a letter in which Paul points to God’s creation of one “body of Christ,” in which the “wall of partion” between Jew and Gentile has been completely taken away. God’s eternal purpose is to save believers through faith in Christ alone.

Philippians: Philippians, which is Paul’s response to a gift from the church at Philippi, is filled with gratitude and affection. It includes a striking portrayal of the humility and exaltation of Christ.

Colossians: Colossians is Paul’s letter to the church in Colosse, which is being threatened by false doctrine. He tells them the truth that Christ is preeminent over all things, and because they belong to Him they can resist destructive influences.

1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians: First and Second Thessalonians contain encouragement from Paul for Christians to be diligent, living godly and holy lives in light of the imminent return of Christ to take believers to be with him in the day of the Lord.

1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus: First and Second Timothy and Titus are called the Pastoral Epistles. Paul gives Timothy and Titus, two leaders-in-training, advice about how to administer churches and provide pastoral care for the people in them.

Philemon: Philemon is a touching personal letter in which Paul recommends forgiveness from a Christian master, Philemon, toward a runaway slave, Onesimus, who has since become a Christian a well.

Hebrews: Hebrews, which might be by Paul or someone else, contains valuable teaching about the superiority of Christ and the gospel. The writer urges the Hebrew Christian community not to lapse back into Judaism.

James: James, written by a half brother of Jesus, gives ethical instruction to Jews who have become Christians. It provides clear guidance concerning correct behavior.

1 Peter, 2 Peter: First and Second Peter, written by the apostle of the same name, admonish believers to have courage and trust God in the midst of persecution. Believers should beware of false teaching, a sign of the impending judgment in the day of the Lord.

1 John, 2 John, 3 John: First, Second, and Third John are letters from the author of the fourth Gospel. They speak of followship with God and others who are in Christ, and warn against fellowship with false teachers who would lead believers astray.

Jude: Jude, written by a “servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James”, is a message for Christians where unity is threatened and doctrinal and moral standards are being questioned.

Revelation: Revelation, also called the Apocalypse, is a series of visions God gives to John on the island of Patmos in the Aegean Sea. To persecuted Christians, Revelation’s prophecies of God’s victory over evil in the end times are a source of profound encouragement


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