Books of the Bible
The Old Testament
They are also referred to as the Law Books or Torah Law.
II. Historical Books
There are 12 Historical books and they record the history of the Israelites from the time they entered Canaan and settled until after the Babylonian exile.
- 1st and 2nd Samuel.
- 1st and 2nd Kings.
- 1st and 2nd Chronicles.
III. Poetic Books
There are five and contain words of wisdom. They are poetic in nature.
- Songs of Songs.
IV. Prophetic Books
They contain the prophecies of the people of Israel. They are further sub-divided into two
- Major Prophets
They are referred to as Major Prophets because their messages cover a longer historical period and are five in number
- Minor Prophets
The messages of these prophets cover a shorter historical period. There are twelve of them
The New Testament
I. The Gospels / Biographical Books
They are referred to as Gospels. These Gospels were written by the disciples of Jesus Christ. They tell the life story and ministry of Jesus Christ. They are four in number
The first three books in the New Testament are also referred to as the synoptic Gospels.
II. Historical Book
It outlines the history and development of the church after Jesus’ ascension. It is one book namely:
- Acts of the Apostles
The author is Luke. It deals with the history of the early church after the ascension of Christ.
II. Pauline Epistles
There are 13 letters written by Paul to the congregation and individuals to address certain problems that arose among them. They are:
- 1st and 2nd Corinthians
- 1st and 2nd Thessalonians
- 1st and 2nd Timothy
III. General Epistles
These letters are not addressed to specific churches or individuals but to all Christians to encourage them. There are eight namely
- 1st and 2nd Peter.
- 1st 2nd and 3rd John.
IV. Prophetic Book
There is only one book
It presents God’s will for the future.