List of Books of the Holy Bible: Old and New Testaments

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What are the Books of the Bible?

Many people ask, “What are the books of the bible?” or “How many books are there in the Bible? That can be a difficult question to answer directly, because the Books of the Holy Bible are listed differently in different churches.

In fact, the books are listed differently in Judaism, Catholic, Protestant, Greek Orthodox, Slavonic Orthodox, Georgian, Armenian Apostolic, Syriac and Ethiopian churches. However, there is substantial overlap in the list of books in the bible across the various religions.

The Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox and Eastern Catholic churches have minor differences in their lists of the accepted books of the bible.

Who wrote the Bible?

In truth, nobody knows exactly who wrote the bible. Many people agree that it does not have a single author, and its writing and compilation took place over the course of centuries and had many different authors. In fact, some believe it was written over a period as long as fifteen hundred years. However, there are certain sections that were believed to be written by specific persons, such as apostles.

The Bible has been translated many times in many different languages all of the world. One of the most commonly known translations is the King James Bible. The King James Bible is an English translation of the Christian Bible, by the Church of England. The translation of the King James bible by the Church of England began in 1604 and completed in 1611.

List of Books in the King James Holy Bible

New International Version, Old Testament

Following is a list of books in the King James holy bible, in the Old Testament:

Book of Genesis – Written by Moses. Genesis means origin or beginning.

Book of Exodus – Written by Moses, Exodus tells the story of the departure of the Israelite nation out of Egypt.

Book of Leviticus – In the Book of Leviticus, God explains to the Israelites and their priests the process for making offerings in the Tabernacle. Also, he explains how they should behave when camped near the holy tent sanctuary.

Numbers – Numbers tells the story of how the Israelites wandered for almost 40 years in the desert after disobeying God.

Deuteronomy – Deuteronomy contains the last known words of Moses, which were said to be spoken during the last days of his life.

Joshua – When Moses dies, God asks Joshua to lead the Israelites across the Jordan River and into to the promised land.

Judges – Named for the various military leaders, the Book of Judges tells the story of how these leaders helped the Israelites understand the impact of their sins. In addition, readers learn the consequences of being unfaithful to god, though they can still repent their sins.

Ruth – The prophet Samuel wrote the book of Ruth, which explains how Ruth accepted God and the Israelite people.

1 SAMUEL – Also known as the first book of Samuel, the book details the life of the prophet Samuel, set in the land of Israel.

2 SAMUEL – Also known as second Samuel, chronicles the establishment of King David’s dynasty and the expansion of Israel.

1 KINGS – The first book of Kings includes chapters on The Davidic Succession, Solomon, and Elijah.

2 KINGS – The Second Book of Kings describes the history of the Northern Kingdom of Israel and the Southern Kingdom of Judah. Additionally the second book of Kings focuses on the spiritual successes and failures of each kingdom. Also, it explains why Israel and Judah lost God’s protection.

1 Chronicles – Also referred to as First Chronicles, or Chronicles 1, this book presents the biblical narrative beginning with Adam, the first human. It continues with the history of ancient Judah and Israel until the proclamation of King Cyrus the Great.

2 CHRONICLES – In Chronicles 2, Solomon decides to build a temple in the name of the Lord.

EZRA – Ezra covers the return from the Babylonian exile after a seventy-year period. In addition, it describes the events that surround the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem.

Nehemiah – The book of Nehemiah describes Nehimiah’s work in rebuilding Jerusalem during the Second Temple period. Nehimiah was governor of Persian Judea under Artaxerxes I of Persia.

  • Esther
  • Job
  • PSALM – Ch. 1-71
  • PSALM – Ch. 72-150
  • PROVERBS
  • ECCLESIASTES
  • SONG OF SONGS
  • ISAIAH
  • Jeremiah
  • LAMENTATIONS
  • EZEKIEL
  • DANIEL
  • HOSEA
  • Joel
  • Amos
  • OBADIAH
  • JONAH
  • MICAH
  • NAHUM
  • HABAKKUK
  • ZEPHANIAH
  • HAGGAI
  • ZECHARIAH
  • MALACHI

List of Books in the Holy Bible

New International Version, New Testament

  • Book of Matthew
  • Book of MARK
  • Book of LUKE
  • Book of JOHN
  • Book of ACTS
  • Book of ROMANS
  • Book of 1 CORINTHIANS
  • Book of 2 CORINTHIANS
  • Book of GALATIANS
  • Book of EPHESIANS
  • Book of PHILIPPIANS
  • Book of COLOSSIANS
  • Book of 1 THESSALONIANS
  • Book of 2 THESSALONIANS
  • Book of 1 TIMOTHY
  • Book of 2 TIMOTHY
  • Book of TITUS
  • Book of PHILEMON
  • Book of HEBREWS
  • Book of JAMES
  • Book of 1 Peter
  • Book of 2 Peter
  • Book of 1 John
  • Book of 2 JOHN
  • Book of 3 John
  • Book of Jude
  • Book of Revelation

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