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The Bible is a collection of 66 books written by about 40 authors, in three different languages, on three different continents, and over approximately 1,600 years.  The Bible claims to be inspired and inerrant.  This means that the Bible claims to be from God and that it is without error in everything it addresses.

The Bible describes the origin of man in the Garden of Eden along with his fall into sin and out of fellowship with God.  It then describes how God called out a special people to Himself, the Israelites.  He promised the Israelites a future Messiah who would restore mankind's relationship with God.  The Bible is the account of the work of God in history bringing to fruition His prophetic declarations concerning Jesus.  Jesus was born of the Virgin, died on the cross, and paid for sins, just as the Bible prophesied in the Old Testament and fulfilled in the New.

The Old Testament Books written by the prophets such as Moses, David, Isaiah, etc.

  1. Pentateuch--5 books: 
    1. Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy
  2. Historical Books--12 books: 
    1. Joshua, Judges, Ruth, First Samuel, Second Samuel, First Kings, Second Kings, First Chronicles, Second Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther
  3. Poetical--5 books: 
    1. Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon
  4. Prophetical--17 books: 
    1. Major Prophets--Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel
    2. Minor Prophets--Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

The New Testament Books written by those who knew Jesus or were under the guidance of those who did

  1. Historical Books--5 books: 
    1. Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts
  2. Pauline Epistles--13 books: 
    1. Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon
  3. Non-Pauline Epistles--9 books: 
    1. Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Jude, Revelation
      1. Note:  Some authors attribute Hebrews to Paul.

About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.