The Bible consists of sixty-six “books”. These books are the different sections in the bible that contain messages people believe God wanted us to have. The Old Testament is also known as the “First Testament” or some say, “Hebrew Scriptures”. They say, Moses was the primary writer for the first five books in the Bible where he ensured narratives, genealogies and law codes. The Jewish call it “Five Books of Moses”. Other writers included, but not limited to: David and his son King Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Amos and many others.
The New Testament comprises of stories, schoolings and letters that were circulated among the first Christian churches. The earliest writers were the apostles Paul and Peter. Other writers include but not limited to: Luke, Matthew (also known as Levi), John Mark, and a few others. Luke and Acts is a series stories, telling the life of Jesus, while the book of John gives us a closer insight on the Messiah’s life because it was written by one of Jesus’s disciples.
The time span of The Old Testament starts from Before Time to 430BC and the New Testament begins at 6BC to 95AD. Source: http://biblehub.com/timeline/
OLD TESTAMENT: Genesis Exodus Leviticus Numbers Deuteronomy Joshua Judges Ruth 1 & 2 Samuel 1 & 2 Kings 1 & 2 Chronicles Ezra Nehemiah Esther Job Psalms Proverbs Ecclesiastes Song of Solomon Isaiah Jeremiah Lamentations Ezekiel Daniel Hosea Joel Amos Obadiah Jonah Micah Nahum Habakkuk Zephaniah Haggai Zechariah Malachi NEW TESTAMENT: Matthew Mark Luke John Acts Romans 1 Corinthians 2 Corinthians Galatians Ephesians Philippians Colossians 1 & 2 Thessalonians 1 Timothy 2 Timothy Titus Philemon Hebrews James 1 Peter 2 Peter 1 John 2 John 3 John Jude Revelation
It’s said that, at first, many messages from the Old Testament had to be delivered in person and then was later written down to form the First Testament. For the New Testament, the letters were meant to be read audibly by communities of believers in specific areas. After the recipients heard the message intended for them, they would memorize it and share it with their Christian neighboring communities.
The Bible is separated into the Old Testament and the New Testament. The overall purpose and meaning of the Old Testament provides a large and multifaceted library that is meant to teach spiritual truth. The overall purpose and meaning of the New Testament provides witness of God’s love for human family and gives an instruction for eternal life.
The Old Testament has… 39 books 929 chapters 23,214 verses 593,493 words Longest book: Psalms Shortest book: Obadiah (3rd shortest book in the Bible) The New Testament has… 27 books 260 chapters 7,959 verses 181,253 words Longest book: Acts Shortest book in the Bible: 3 John 5 history books (Acts and the Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) 21 letters (epistles) 1 book of prophecy (Revelation)
The Bible speaks about the past, present and the future. It addresses life and death, love and hate, forgiveness and betrayal, light and darkness, healing and pain and so on. The purpose of the Bible is revealing who God is/was/will be plus the will for mankind, the documentation of Jesus Christ and the overall historical journey of God’s handiwork. Many have their own views on the overall message of the Bible but most believe it is the presentation of redemption. Throughout the Bible we’re taken on a journey that depicts a world without sin to a world filled with it--and how God still chooses to not abandon humanity after all of the destruction. You can say that the Bible has two powerful messages to give us: to put our utmost faith in God and not to give up when we’re experiencing trials and tribulations, and also, to live a life filled with light, love and understanding.
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