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Summary of the books of the Bible

OLD TESTAMENT

GENESIS
The Beginnings, describing the creation, the rebellion and sin of man and the early history of God’s people, through whom he introduces his plan of redemption.

EXODUS
The history of Israel’s departure from Egypt and the leadership of Moses; God’s covenant with Israel and the giving of the Law; the construction of the Tabernacle.

LEVITICUS
The laws by which God’s people can approach and maintain fellowship with their holy God.

NUMBERS
The census of the people, and their wanderings in the wilderness, during which God prepares them for the Promised land.

DEUTERONOMY
Moses emphasizes the covenant and the Law to the people before his death.

JOSHUA
The story of Israel’s conquest of Canaan and the division of the land among the tribes.

JUDGES
The continuing history of the Israelites as they learn that their turnings from God lead to oppression by enemies, which leads to repentance and deliverance through a judge.

RUTH
The story of tragedy and love in the lives of ordinary people who become ancestors of David and of Jesus.

1 SAMUEL
The history of Israel from the rule of Samuel, the last judge, to the reign of Saul.

2 SAMUEL
The record of David’s reign.

1 & 2 KINGS
The last days of David’s reign, to Solomon’s reign and the division of the kingdom, after which the kings of both kingdoms are presented in historical order up to the release of Jehoiachin from prison in Babylonia about 561 B.C.

1 & 2 CHRONICLES
The official histories of the kingdoms of Judah and Israel, including the genealogies and history from the reigns of David and Solomon to the captivity.

EZRA
The story of the return of the Jews from the Babylonian captivity, and the rebuilding of the Temple.

NEHEMIAH
A further account of the return from Exile; the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem, and the renewing of the covenant.

ESTHER
The story of a Jewess who becomes Queen of Persia and saves the Jewish people from destruction.

JOB
The story of the sufferings and faith of a man who learns to accept the sometimes baffling will of God.

PSALMS
Poems, prayers and praises written by David and others, expressing to God the emotion of personal experience.

PROVERBS
The wise and practical sayings of Solomon and other wise men.

ECCLESIASTES
A book revealing how the search for happiness and satisfaction in earthly things apart from God always ends in vanity.

SONG OF SOLOMON
A love song presenting the courtship and marriage of man and woman, and illustrating the relationship between God and His people, and Christ and His Church.

ISAIAH
Prophecies concerning Judah and Jerusalem, vivid messages of redemption for God’s people, and the hope for a Messiah.

JEREMIAH
Prophecies predicting the fall of Judah, the people’s sufferings and the final overthrow of their enemies.

LAMENTATIONS
A lament expressing grief over the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Temple.

EZEKIEL
Pronouncements of God’s judgment on the Jews, and messages of comfort in their captivity.

DANIEL
A story of some of the events of the captivity, and prophecies of Christ and the end times.

HOSEA
Hosea’s personal grief over his unfaithful wife illustrates God’s relationship with Israel.

JOEL
Prophecies of God’s judgment of Judah, and the blessings that will follow repentance.

AMOS
Predictions of judgment against Israel because of idolatry and oppressing the poor, and against surrounding nations, and glimpses of the Messiah’s kingdom.

OBADIAH
Prophecies of the destruction of Edom and the deliverance which will be found in Zion.

JONAH
The story of the prophet Jonah and of God’s concern and mercy towards nations who are willing to repent.

MICAH
The pronouncement of judgment on Israel and Judah; the prediction of restoration and the Messiah’s reign.

NAHUM
Prediction of the downfall of Assyria.

HABAKKUK
A Prediction of the Babylonian invasion, the destruction of the Babylonians, and the restoration of God’s people.

ZEPHANIAH
A prediction of the overthrow of Judah because of idolatry, pride and materialism; and a foreshadowing of the ultimate deliverance and restoration of God’s people.

HAGGAI
Prophecies and exhortations concerning the rebuilding of the Temple.

ZECHARIAH
Prophecies relating to the rebuilding of the Temple and the coming of the Messiah and triumph of the kingdom of God.

MALACHI
Pronouncements of judgment for Israel’s sins and predictions of blessings for the repentant, and of the coming of Christ.


NEW TESTAMENT

MATTHEW
A history of the life of Christ, emphasising Jesus as the fulfillment of God’s covenant with Israel and the importance of Jesus’ teachings.

MARK
A history of the life of Christ, with special emphasis on the last week in Jerusalem, the crucifixion and resurrection.

LUKE
The history of the life of Christ, emphasizing the person of Jesus and the people whose lives he touched.

JOHN
The life of Christ, written to reveal that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.

ACTS
The giving of the Holy Spirit, and the development and spread of Christianity in the Spirit’s power told in terms of people and places.

ROMANS
Paul’s explanation of the doctrine of justification through faith in Christ.

1 CORINTHIANS
Paul’s letter to the church at Corinth, correcting their errors, rebuking their sins and exhorting them to practice Christ’s love.

2 CORINTHIANS
Paul’s letter revealing his concern for the Corinthians and guiding them into lives of love and unity.

GALATIANS
Paul’s proclamation of Christian liberty, firmly maintaining that man’s justification by God’s grace is through faith alone, not through works of the Law.

EPHESIANS
Paul’s treatise on the person of Christ and the Church, God’s household. Through which God’s wisdom and grace are revealed.

PHILIPPIANS
Paul’s love-letter, revealing the joy and beauty of the Christian life.

COLLOSIANS
Paul combats errors and heresy by proclaiming the uniqueness and sufficiency of Jesus Christ as the only Saviour of all.

1 THESSALONIANS
Paul’s concern for the people and an exhortation to faith, purity and holiness, waiting in hope for the Lord’s return.

2 THESSALONIANS
Paul’s letter concerning the second coming of Christ.

1 & 2 TIMOTHY
Letters from Paul concerning the Church, and the qualifications and duties of church officers.

TITUS
Paul’s letter to Titus, emphasising church order and sound doctrine.

PHILEMON
Paul’s most personal letter, asking his friend to receive a runaway slave as a brother in Christ.

HEBREWS
A defence of the Christian faith, emphasizing the sufficiency and finality of Christ, and the superiority of Christ’s priesthood, Christ’s covenant, and Christ’s sacrifice.

JAMES
A letter concerning the practical aspects of the Christian faith, and emphasising that faith is shown to be alive and active by the work it produces.

1 PETER
A letter exhorting the people to a life of purity and spirituality, as God’s chosen, a royal priesthood.

2 PETER
A Reminder of the truth of Christ against heresies, and warnings to remain in this truth, looking towards the second coming of Christ.

1 JOHN
The fundamentals of the Christian faith revealed in Jesus Christ.

2 JOHN
The primary importance of love in Christian fellowship, and warnings against false teachers.

3 JOHN
A letter concerning hospitality towards traveling Christian teachers.

JUDE
Strong condemnation of false teachers, and admonitions to remain in the true faith of Christ.

REVELATION
A revelation stressing the lordship of Christ, the overruling sovereignty of God, and his final victory over all sin and evil.

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