The Holy Bible
The King James Version Bible
There are 66 Books of The Bible
The New Testament
These 66 Books can be divided into 7 groups as follows:
Creation and Law
The Book of the Law: The first five books of the Bible - Genesis to Deuteronomy, sometimes called the Five Books of Moses. The Jews call this the Torah. Another name is "Pentateuch" meaning "Five Scrolls"
It contains the sories of the beginnings and of the Patriarchs - Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph. Then there is the story of Moses and the escape from Egypt. Here we find the Law and the commandments of God.
are called the Books of Moses and contain The Ten Commandments along
with detailed laws for the daily life and religion of Israel.
In the Old
Testament, we have the Scriptures of ancient Israel, containing:
Genesis 1 - 11 looks back to the very beginning - the creation of the universe containing our world and the earliest history of the human race. Here are the accounts of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah and The Flood, and the Tower of Babel.
Genesis 12 - 50 tells the life stories of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph, and how God's promise to make them the fathers of a great nation began to be realized.
Exodus to Deuteronomy
The next four Books: Exodus to Deuteronomy center on Moses. They tell the stories of The Escape from Egypt ("The Exodus"), the great meeting at Mt. Sinai and God's giving of The Ten Commandments and other laws; the making of God's Tent (The "Tabernacle") and the forty years in the desert, before the Israelites finally crossed the Jordan River and moved into Canaan, God's "Promised Land".
The next twelve Books of The Bible are the Historical Books of the Old Testament, from Joshua to Esther; covering the time from the conquest of Canaan, through the reigns of the Kings, to the people being taken into exile in Babylon and their final return. They span roughly 800 years of Israel's history from about the thirteenth to the fifth century BC.
Joshua and Judges
These two Books describe how the Israelites conquered and settled in the Promised Land. As a nation the Israelites were beginning a major new phase of expansion. The famous march around, and subsequent destruction of the Walls of Jericho set the scene for the taking over of the towns and villages of the Canaanites. In the Book of Judges the story of Samson and Delilah is told, occurring during a lawless time of Israel's history.
Ruth and Esther
These are the only two Books in The Bible named after women, and they tell fascinating stories of two truly remarkable women. The Book of Ruth is a touching story of deep devotion and loyalty, while the Book of Esther is a story of intrigue and irony which displays Esther's great courage and devotion to her people.
Samuel to Nehemiah
Israel's ancient history, like that of many nations, is a story of kings and wars. In 1 Samuel is the story of David slaying the giant Goliath while 2 Samuel tells of his subsequent reign as King. These 8 Books record the transition in Israel from the period of the judges to the monarchy, the later division of the nation and its fall into captivity, and the final return from exile.
Poetry, Songs and Wisdom
The next five Books of The Bible are the Books containing Poetry, Songs and Wisdom. Recorded here are the Songs of Praise of David and the wise Proverbs of his son Solomon.
Job, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes
The Books of Job, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes belong to a type of literature which was common in the ancient Near East. It is known simply as "Wisdom".
One kind of wisdom is the short pithy saying which gives advice about one's behavior and everyday living. Sayings of this kind have been collected in the Book of Proverbs and parts of Ecclesiastes.
A second kind of wisdom is a reflection on life and its problems - a dialogue as in the Book of Job, or a monologue as in Ecclesiastes, where the "Philosopher" reflects on his experience of life.
Psalms and The Song of Solomon
The Book of Psalms is the hymn book and prayer book of The Bible. Composed by different authors over a long period of time, these hymns and prayers were collected and used by the Israelites in their praise and worship, until finally this collection was included in their scriptures. They became the treasured book of worship of the Christian Church from its very beginning.
The Song of Solomon is a collection of love poems, mostly in the form of songs addressed by a man to a woman, and by the woman to the man. These songs have often been interpreted as a picture of the relationship between God and His people, between Christ and His Church.
The last 17 Books of the Old Testament are named after particular Jewish prophets some of whom came at crisis points in the history of Israel and Judah: when the Assyrians were laying siege to Jerusalem (Isaiah); at the time of the Babylonian invasion, when Jerusalem was destroyed and the nation carried into exile (Jeremiah and Ezekiel); when the exiles returned to rebuild the city and the whole of their national life (Haggai and Zechariah).
In The Bible the four longer Books of the four "major" prophets - Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel (as well as Lamentations) - come before the shorter Books named after the twelve "minor" prophets.
The Book of Isaiah is named after a great prophet who lived in Jerusalem in the latter half of the eighth century BC. He is generally regarded as the greatest of the Old Testament prophets with many of the passages in this Book being considered to be amongst the finest in literature.
The Book of Daniel gives a fascinating account of the dreams of King Nebuchadnezzar, Daniel's survival in the lions' den and also the stories of the fiery furnace and the mysterious writing on the wall.
Although shorter, these twelve Books contain some very interesting material. Here is told the story of Jonah and the 3 days he spent inside the whale. The final Book of Malachi (which is also the final Book of the Old Testament) points the way to the coming of Christ and the dawning of a new day.
The first five Books of The New Testament contain the four Gospels and The Book of Acts. The four Gospels each give a different perspective on the life of Jesus Christ, while The Book of Acts records the founding and early history of the Church.
Matthew concentrates on Jesus as the long-awaited Messiah - the Christ foretold by the Old Testament prophets. He has collected much of Jesus' teaching and seems to have arranged it in five main sections. He provides the link between the Old Testament and the New.
is much more action-packed than Matthew. He tells less about what
Jesus taught - more about what Jesus did, who He was and where He
went. Mark best shows Jesus in action, going about proving the truth
of His teaching by showing people first hand the power of God.
Luke gives the most complete life history of Jesus. Chapter 2 is the perfect Christmas story to read to young children and the whole gospel gives a carefully recorded and thorough account of His life. Luke is actually part one of a two part story which continues in The Book of Acts.
John's Gospel is perhaps the greatest of all. Strikingly different from the other three, John's concern above all is to bring out the meaning of what took place. He tells much more than the others do, concerning what Jesus said about Himself. John realized it would be impossible to write down all the things which Jesus did, so he has chosen certain incidents and written them "that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name" (John 20:31).
The Acts of The Apostles
The Acts of The Apostles continues the story on from the founding of the Church in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost to the imprisonment of Paul in Rome. In that period of roughly thirty years Jesus' followers began to spread the Good News across the whole of the eastern Mediterranean world - "both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost parts of the earth" (Acts 1:8).
The twenty one letters in the New Testament are grouped by author in The Bible. Fourteen are under Paul's name, one is by James, two by Peter, three by John and one by Jude. Although these are real letters addressed sometimes to churches, and at other times to individuals, they carry the very essence of the power and freedom that has been made available to the Believer through Christ.
Romans to Thessalonians
These nine Books are nine letters from Paul to the churches in Rome, Corinth, Galatia, Ephesus, Philippi, Colossae and Thessalonica. The central fifth Book (to the Ephesians) contains some of the most inspiring passages in The Bible and gives God's vision for a powerful and victorious Church.
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Timothy to Jude
These next twelve books include "the book of better things"- the great Epistle to the Hebrews, the two Greek words for "better" and "superior" occurring fifteen times in this letter.
Many great thoughts are contained in these twelve Books, perhaps none more touching than God's expressed greatest desire for His children: "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth" (3 John 2).
This final Book of the 66 Books of The Bible was written by the Apostle John in exile on the island of Patmos off the west coast of present-day Turkey. The time was the end of the first century AD when Christians who refused to worship the Roman emperor suffered great persecution.
The Revelation, as its name suggests, is the most unique book in the Bible. Here are revealed great events in Heaven as well as on the earth and the reader is allowed a glimpse into the holy city of God.
The Book is apocalyptic in nature and although there are differences of opinion regarding its interpretation, the central theme is clear: through Christ the Lord, God will finally and totally defeat all His enemies, including Satan, and will then reward his faithful people with the blessings of a new heaven and a new earth.
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