Overview of the Bible
A one-sentence summary of all 66 books of the Bible.
Books of the Bible
Updated: 10 January 2022 City Church Christchurch
Written under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit by laymen and scholars, commoners and nobility, the Bible is as unique as it is profound, containing 66 ancient books that have shaped laws, influenced culture and inspired billions to faith over three millennia. Divided into two parts, the Old Testament and the New Testament , the Bible is an essential historical and moral study for all, that is as relevant today as it ever was.
Author Year written Genre
Old Testament Books
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- 1 Chronicles
- 2 Chronicles
- Song of Solomon
New Testament Books
- 1 Corinthians
- 2 Corinthians
- 1 Thessalonians
- 2 Thessalonians
A collection of divinely inspired books written between 1450 B.C. and 430 B.C., the Old Testament is a historical record of God's people, laws, sayings and promises that function as a model for moral living and conduct.
Moses 1450-1410 B.C. Narrative
Meaning "the beginning or origin of something", Genesis is the first book of the Bible, recording Creation, the fall of man and the early years of the nation of Israel.
God appoints Moses to lead the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt to the Promised Land of Canaan, establishing a special relationship with them on the way to Mount Sinai.
Moses 1445-1444 B.C. Law
God gives Israel rules to live by and instructions to present themselves holy before Him.
A sequel to Exodus, Numbers takes its name from two censuses (or "numberings") of the people of Israel, following their journey through the wilderness for forty years.
Moses 1407-1406 B.C. Narrative
A farewell speech from Moses to the people of Israel shortly before his death, Deuteronomy recaps the promises of God and provides instructions to obey Him in the Promised Land.
Joshua & possibly Phinehas 1405-1383 B.C. Narrative
A book of conquest, Joshua details the Israelites' invasion and eventual occupation of the Promised Land through faith and action.
Probably Samuel 1086-1004 B.C. Narrative
Israel enters a cycle of sin, suffering defeat and oppression, only to cry out to God for deliverance, who sends leaders (called "judges") to help them.
Unknown 1375-1050 B.C. Narrative
Occurring during some of the darkest days in Israel's history, Ruth follows the journey of two widows who lose everything, but find hope through God.
9. 1 Samuel
Samuel, Nathan & Gad 930 B.C. Narrative
Israel rejects God's chosen leader, Samuel (a judge), and demands a king despite God's warnings.
10. 2 Samuel
Unknown 930 B.C. Narrative
The life and career of King David, who subdues Israel's enemies and doubles the size of the kingdom, but is not without failings.
11. 1 Kings
Unknown 560-538 B.C. Narrative
Israel enjoys a period of peace and prosperity under King Solomon, but later splits in two after Rehoboam (his son) takes the throne.
12. 2 Kings
The kings of Israel and Judah ignore God and His prophets, eventually falling captive to invading nations and are exiled to foreign lands.
13. 1 Chronicles
Ezra 430 B.C. Narrative
Written to encourage the people returning from Babylonian exile, 1 Chronicles recaps the history and genealogy of Israel, emphasising the spiritual significance of David and future Messianic King.
14. 2 Chronicles
A continuation of the previous book, 2 Chronicles focuses on the kings of Israel, from King Solomon and the building of the temple, to subsequent division, exile and return from captivity.
Ezra 450 B.C. Narrative
Fulfilling the promises of God, the Israelites return from exile after seventy years and rebuild the temple.
Nehemiah 445-432 B.C. Narrative
Despite local opposition, Nehemiah returns to Jerusalem from exile, rallying the people to rebuild the city walls and gates in just fifty-two days.
Unknown 483-471 B.C. Narrative
Occurring during the exile of Israel, Esther is a Jewish queen to a Persian king, who intercedes on behalf of her people to save them from a genocidal plot.
Possibly Job 2100-1800 B.C. Poetry
A righteous man named Job loses everything and suffers greatly, but remains faithful to God and is blessed abundantly.
David, Asaph, the sons of Korah, Solomon, Heman, Ethan & Moses 1440-586 B.C. Poetry
A collection of 150 songs of worship and praise to God that includes prophecies of the coming Messiah.
Solomon, Agur & Lemuel 970-930 B.C. Wisdom Literature
The book of Proverbs contains God's divine wisdom, covering a variety of topics for every area of life.
Solomon 935 B.C. Wisdom Literature
Solomon's analysis of life, which is meaningless and empty without God.
22. Song of Songs
Solomon 970-930 B.C. Poetry
A passionate yet gentle song of love between a husband and wife, symbolising God's relationship with us.
Isaiah 700-681 B.C. Prophecy
The first book of the Major Prophets, Isaiah contains warnings of God's coming judgement and detailed prophecies about the Messiah.
Jeremiah 627-586 B.C. Prophecy
Known as the weeping prophet, Jeremiah passionately pleads with the people to repent before the coming Babylonian captivity, but is ignored.
Jeremiah 586 B.C. Poetry & Prophecy
Lamentations is a book of sadness that reflects on the destruction of Jerusalem and captivity of Israel.
Ezekiel 571 B.C. Prophecy
Ezekiel is called by God to preach a message of judgement and deliverance for the captives living in Babylon.
Daniel 535 B.C. Narrative & Prophecy
Like Ezekiel, Daniel has been taken to Babylon in captivity and receives prophetic visions while serving in the courts of the king.
Hosea 715 B.C. Prophecy
The first book of the Minor Prophets, Hosea is a tragic love story that demonstrates God's unending love for His people despite their unfaithfulness.
Joel 835-796 B.C. Prophecy
Joel warns the people to repent and turn back to God before judgement falls upon them.
Amos 760-750 B.C. Prophecy
A shepherd named Amos prophesies to the northern kingdom which has become self-sufficient and indifferent towards God during a time of great prosperity.
Obadiah 627-586 B.C. Prophecy
Only one chapter, Obadiah demonstrates God's ongoing protection of His people and coming judgement on the nation of Edom, which was indifferent during the Babylonian plunder of Jerusalem.
Jonah 785-760 B.C. Narrative
A reluctant prophet, Jonah is sent by God to Nineveh, but refuses and learns the futility of it in the belly of a giant fish.
Micah 742-687 B.C. Prophecy
Micah warns of the coming judgement that will eventually exile the nation, and includes some of the clearest predictions of the Messiah.
Nahum 663-654 B.C. Prophecy
Nahum is the second prophet sent to Nineveh (Jonah being the first) to preach God's judgement on the Assyrian city and empire.
Habakkuk 612-589 B.C. Prophecy
God answers Habakkuk's complaints of wickedness and injustice in the land.
Zephaniah 640-621 B.C. Prophecy
Written shortly before the fall of Judah (Southern Kingdom of Israel) to Babylonian conquest, Zephaniah warns the people and the surrounding nations that the day of the Lord is near.
Haggai 520 B.C. Prophecy
Written after the Babylonian exile, work to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem had halted due to opposition and spiritual apathy, so Haggai motivates the people to finish.
Zechariah 520-480 B.C. Prophecy
Zechariah ministered with Haggai after the 70-year exile, encouraging the remnant to return to God.
Malachi 430 B.C. Prophecy
The last book of the Old Testament, Malachi is a beautiful expression of God's love for a nation that continues to disobey Him.
The New Testament is a collection of twenty-seven sacred books that centre on the life, death, resurrection and teachings of Jesus Christ.
Matthew (Levi) A.D. 60-65 Gospel
The first book of the New Testament, the Gospel of Matthew was primarily written for the Jews and references many Old Testament prophecies that were fulfilled by Jesus.
John Mark A.D. 55-65 Gospel
Mark is the shortest Gospel, which emphasises Jesus' servanthood and miracles.
Luke A.D. 60 Gospel
Unlike the other Gospel writers, Luke was a Gentile who wrote an account of Jesus' life for those outside the Jewish faith.
John A.D. 85-90 Gospel
The last of the four Gospels, John is an eyewitness account of Jesus' ministry that focuses on the deeper meaning of events surrounding Christ's life, death and resurrection.
Luke A.D. 63-70 History
A historical narrative of the early church which was empowered by the Holy Spirit to spread the Good News.
Paul A.D. 70 Epistle
An epistle to the believers in Rome (hence the name) where Paul planned to visit. Romans sets a theological foundation for faith through Jesus.
46. 1 Corinthians
Paul A.D. 55 Epistle
The first of two letters from Paul to the believers in Corinth, 1 Corinthians was written in response to divisions and problems facing the local church.
47. 2 Corinthians
Paul A.D. 55-57 Epistle
The second and final letter from Paul to the church in Corinth, 2 Corinthians deals with persisting problems facing the believers there and warns against false teachers.
Paul A.D. 49 Epistle
A letter from Paul to the church in Galatia, the book is a foundational study that addresses the problem of Jewish legalism and the fullness of salvation found in Jesus.
Paul A.D. 60 Epistle
Written to the church in Ephesus during Paul's first imprisonment, Ephesians covers a variety of subjects including the gift of grace, love and how to walk as fruitful followers of Jesus.
Paul A.D. 61 Epistle
An encouraging letter from Paul to the church in Philippi explaining the attitude and outlook believers must have to experience the joy of the Lord.
In this letter, Paul refutes certain false teachings that are impeding the church in Colossae, reaffirming the deity and superiority of Jesus Christ.
52. 1 Thessalonians
Paul A.D. 51 Epistle
The first of two letters to the believers in Thessalonica, Paul writes to encourage and strengthen the church, emphasising the principles of holy living through faith, hope and love.
53. 2 Thessalonians
A follow-up letter of encouragement to the persecuted church of Thessalonica, Paul reaffirms Jesus' second coming and matters preceding that event.
54. 1 Timothy
Paul A.D. 54 Epistle
A letter from Paul to a young pastor named Timothy, offering guidance and important principles for church leadership that still apply today.
55. 2 Timothy
Paul A.D. 67 Epistle
The second of two letters to Timothy, the book is probably Paul's final chronological epistle, urging his protégé to remain strong and faithful to Jesus.
Paul A.D. 65 Epistle
A letter of guidance from Paul to Titus to address challenges facing his leadership of the churches on the island of Crete.
Consisting of only one chapter, the book is a short but profound letter from Paul to Philemon requesting forgiveness for a runaway slave named Onesimus.
Unknown A.D. 68 Epistle
A letter urging Jewish believers not to return to their former traditions, summarising key Biblical characters and events to emphasise the hope of salvation through Jesus.
James (Jesus' half-brother) A.D. 49 Epistle
A hard-hitting letter from James, encouraging believers to have a genuine faith with an emphasis on results.
60. 1 Peter
Peter A.D. 65 Epistle
The focus of Peter's first letter is persecution, sharing inspiring words of comfort for Christians living as an oppressed minority in the Roman Empire.
61. 2 Peter
Peter A.D. 66 Epistle
Peter's second letter warns against false teachers and reaffirms important spiritual truths.
John A.D. 90-95 Epistle
Written to oppose heretical doctrine, the first letter from John echoes the Gospel, encouraging Christians to love one another and keep Jesus' commands.
A brief letter from John to "the chosen lady", urging believers to love one another and to be on guard against false teachings.
The shortest book in the Bible, 3 John commends Gaius and Demetruis for their faithful service.
Jude (Jesus' half-brother) A.D. 65 Epistle
A letter from Jude to address false teachings and urge Christians to defend the truth of the Good News.
John A.D. 95 Apocalyptic
Written during John's imprisonment on the island of Patmos, Revelation is an apocalyptic book that contains prophetic visions of the Spiritual Realms and Jesus' return to Earth.
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All 66 Books of the Bible
News flash: the Bible is huge : about 611,000 words long, all divvied up across 66 smaller documents called the “books” of the Bible.
That’s because the Bible is a collection of writings from different authors writing at different times. In some ways, that makes it easier to approach the Bible: we can read it in “chunks” rather than needing to read the whole Bible at once.
But it also makes it a bit confusing. The Bible itself is a book. In fact, the word “bible” comes from the Latin and Greek words for “book” ( biblia and biblos , respectively). But it’s a book of books. That means if you want to know the Bible better, you’ll need to get acquainted with the 66 documents it comprises.
That can take a while, so . . .
Here’s a snapshot of every book of the Bible
I’ve written a one-sentence overview of every book of the Bible. They’re listed in the order they show up in the Protestant Bible. If you want more, I’ve linked to quick, 3-minute guides to every book of the Bible, too.
This is a lot to take in, so if you want to start with baby steps, check out this list of the shortest books of the Bible .
Old Testament books of the Bible
The Old Testament includes 39 books which were written long before Jesus was born.
Genesis answers two big questions: “How did God’s relationship with the world begin?” and “Where did the nation of Israel come from?”
Author: Traditionally Moses , but the stories are much older.
Fun fact: Most of the famous Bible stories you’ve heard about are probably found in the book of Genesis. This is where the stories of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah and the Ark, the Tower of Babel, Abraham and Isaac, Jacob’s ladder, and Joseph’s coat of many colors are recorded.
God saves Israel from slavery in Egypt, and then enters into a special relationship with them.
Author: Traditionally Moses
God gives Israel instructions for how to worship Him.
Author: traditionally Moses
Israel fails to trust and obey God, and wanders in the wilderness for 40 years.
Moses gives Israel instructions (in some ways, a recap of the laws in Exodus–Numbers) for how to love and obey God in the Promised Land.
Joshua (Israel’s new leader) leads Israel to conquer the Promised land, then parcels out territories to the twelve tribes of Israel.
Author: Nobody knows
Fun fact: You’ve probably heard of a few fantastic stories from this book (the Battle of Jericho and the day the sun stood still), but most of the action happens in the first half of this book. The last half is pretty much all about divvying up the real estate.
Israel enters a cycle of turning from God, falling captive to oppressive nations, calling out to God, and being rescued by leaders God sends their way (called “judges”).
Two widows lose everything, and find hope in Israel—which leads to the birth of the future King David .
9. 1 Samuel
Israel demands a king, who turns out to be quite a disappointment.
10. 2 Samuel
David, a man after God’s own heart, becomes king of Israel.
11. 1 Kings
The kingdom of Israel has a time of peace and prosperity under King Solomon , but afterward splits, and the two lines of kings turn away from God.
12. 2 Kings
Both kingdoms ignore God and his prophets, until they both fall captive to other world empires.
13. 1 Chronicles
This is a brief history of Israel from Adam to David, culminating with David commissioning the temple of God in Jerusalem.
Author: Traditionally Ezra
14. 2 Chronicles
David’s son Solomon builds the temple, but after centuries of rejecting God, the Babylonians take the southern Israelites captive and destroy the temple.
The Israelites rebuild the temple in Jerusalem, and a scribe named Ezra teaches the people to once again obey God’s laws.
The city of Jerusalem is in bad shape, so Nehemiah rebuilds the wall around the city.
Someone hatches a genocidal plot to bring about Israel’s extinction, and Esther must face the emperor to ask for help.
Books of Poetry in the Old Testament
Satan attacks a righteous man named Job, and Job and his friends argue about why terrible things are happening to him.
A collection of 150 songs that Israel sang to God (and to each other)—kind of like a hymnal for the ancient Israelites.
Author: So many authors— meet them all here !
A collection of sayings written to help people make wise decisions that bring about justice.
Author: Solomon and other wise men
A philosophical exploration of the meaning of life—with a surprisingly nihilistic tone for the Bible.
Author: Traditionally Solomon
22. Song of Solomon (Song of Songs)
A love song (or collection of love songs) celebrating love, desire, and marriage.
Author: Traditionally Solomon (but it could have been written about Solomon, or in the style of Solomon)
Books of prophecy in the Old Testament
God sends the prophet Isaiah to warn Israel of future judgment—but also to tell them about a coming king and servant who will “bear the sins of many.”
Author: Isaiah (and maybe some of his followers)
God sends a prophet to warn Israel about the coming Babylonian captivity, but the people don’t take the news very well.
A collection of dirges lamenting the fall of Jerusalem after the Babylonian attacks.
Author: Traditionally Jeremiah
God chooses a man to speak for Him to Israel, to tell them the error of their ways and teach them justice: Ezekiel.
Daniel becomes a high-ranking wise man in the Babylonian and Persian empires, and has prophetic visions concerning Israel’s future.
Author: Daniel (with other contributors)
Hosea is told to marry a prostitute who leaves him, and he must bring her back: a picture of God’s relationship with Israel.
God sends a plague of locusts to Judge Israel, but his judgment on the surrounding nations is coming, too.
A shepherd named Amos preaches against the injustice of the Northern Kingdom of Israel.
Obadiah warns the neighboring nation of Edom that they will be judged for plundering Jerusalem.
A disobedient prophet runs from God, is swallowed by a great fish, and then preaches God’s message to the city of Nineveh.
Author: Traditionally Jonah
Micah confronts the leaders of Israel and Judah regarding their injustice, and prophecies that one day the Lord himself will rule in perfect justice.
Nahum foretells of God’s judgment on Nineveh, the capital of Assyria.
Habakkuk pleads with God to stop the injustice and violence in Judah, but is surprised to find that God will use the even more violent Babylonians to do so.
God warns that he will judge Israel and the surrounding nations, but also that he will restore them in peace and justice.
The people have abandoned the work of restoring God’s temple in Jerusalem, and so Haggai takes them to task.
The prophet Zechariah calls Israel to return to God, and records prophetic visions that show what’s happening behind the scenes.
God has been faithful to Israel, but they continue to live disconnected from him—so God sends Malachi to call them out.
New Testament books of the Bible
40. The Gospel of Matthew
This is an account of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, focusing on Jesus’ role as the true king of the Jews.
41. The Gospel of Mark
This brief account of Jesus’ earthly ministry highlights Jesus’ authority and servanthood.
Author: John Mark
42. The Gospel of Luke
Luke writes the most thorough account of Jesus’ life, pulling together eyewitness testimonies to tell the full story of Jesus.
43. The Gospel of John
John lists stories of signs and miracles with the hope that readers will believe in Jesus.
Jesus returns to the Father, the Holy Spirit comes to the church, and the gospel of Jesus spreads throughout the world.
Paul summarizes how the gospel of Jesus works in a letter to the churches at Rome, where he plans to visit.
46. 1 Corinthians
Paul writes a disciplinary letter to a fractured church in Corinth, and answers some questions that they’ve had about how Christians should behave.
47. 2 Corinthians
Paul writes a letter of reconciliation to the church at Corinth, and clears up some concerns that they have.
Paul hears that the Galatian churches have been lead to think that salvation comes from the law of Moses, and writes a (rather heated) letter telling them where the false teachers have it wrong.
Paul writes to the church at Ephesus about how to walk in grace, peace, and love.
An encouraging letter to the church of Philippi from Paul, telling them how to have joy in Christ.
Paul writes the church at Colossae a letter about who they are in Christ, and how to walk in Christ.
52. 1 Thessalonians
Paul has heard a good report on the church at Thessalonica, and encourages them to “excel still more” in faith, hope, and love.
53. 2 Thessalonians
Paul instructs the Thessalonians on how to stand firm until the coming of Jesus.
54. 1 Timothy
Paul gives his protegé Timothy instruction on how to lead a church with sound teaching and a godly example.
55. 2 Timothy
Paul is nearing the end of his life, and encourages Timothy to continue preaching the word.
Paul advises Titus on how to lead orderly, counter-cultural churches on the island of Crete.
Paul strongly recommends that Philemon accept his runaway slave as a brother, not a slave.
The general, or Catholic, epistles
A letter encouraging Christians to cling to Christ despite persecution, because he is greater.
A letter telling Christians to live in ways that demonstrate their faith in action.
Author: James (likely the brother of Jesus)
60. 1 Peter
Peter writes to Christians who are being persecuted, encouraging them to testify to the truth and live accordingly.
61. 2 Peter
Peter writes a letter reminding Christians about the truth of Jesus, and warning them that false teachers will come.
62. 1 John
John writes a letter to Christians about keeping Jesus’ commands, loving one another, and important things they should know.
63. 2 John
A very brief letter about walking in truth, love, and obedience.
64. 3 John
An even shorter letter about Christian fellowship.
A letter encouraging Christians to contend for the faith, even though ungodly persons have crept in unnoticed.
John sees visions of things that have been, things that are, and things that are yet to come.
Want to remember the books of the Bible?
This helpful visual aid makes an excellent addition to classrooms, church offices, or anywhere else you’d like to reflect on this important collection of books.
Bible at a glance
- List of Bible books in order with the number of chapters in each book
- Bible books ranked by number of chapters from most to least
- Shortest and longest Bible books? Bible books ranked by number of words. The word count is done from the original Hebrew and Greek manuscripts.
Layout of Bible books
Number of chapters in each of the 66 "books" with a list of the books in order from most chapters to the least number of chapters.
The chart below is a list of all 66 canonical books of the Bible along with the number of chapters in each book. Most of the books were written for a group of readers. Those written to specific individuals are identified with an asterisk. This list of Bible books has them in the order in which they appear in Bibles today. The order is more in terms of subject matter -- history, wisdom literature, prophecy, gospel accounts, letters, and so on -- than in the chronological order in which they were written.
For example, Bible scholars say Mark was likely the first Gospel account to be written. However, Matthew is the first book of the New Testament, likely because it makes more references to the Old Testament than any of the other three Gospel accounts. Scholars also think1Thessalonians was the first of Paul's letters or epistles to be written. However, Romans the first book in the section containing his letters to churches and individuals. The same kind of thing occurs in the Old Testament. Esther, for instance, is about events during the Babylonian exile while books like Psalms and Isaiah, which were written prior to the Exile, appear in the Bible after Esther's story.
Book of the Old Testament, a.k.a. the Hebrew Bible
Books of the new testament.
*Biblical writings addressed to an individual
What are the longest and the shortest books of the Bible?
There are three ways to measure the length of the books of the Bible. One way is by the number of chapters. The second is by the number of words. The third is by the number of verses into which the books are divided.
By number of chapters and total number of verses, Psalms is by far the longest book. Jeremiah is the longest Bible book in terms of words.
In terms of the shortest Bible book, five have only one chapter: Obadiah, Second John, Third John, Jude and Philemon. Third John has the fewest words while Second John has the fewest verses.
Bible books ranked by the number of chapters
From the most chapters to the least number of chapters.
Note: Books having an equal number of chapters are listed in alphabetical order.
- Psalms -- 150
- Isaiah -- 66
- Jeremiah -- 52
- Genesis -- 50
- Ezekiel -- 48
- Exodus -- 40
- Second Chronicles -- 36
- Numbers -- 36
- Deuteronomy -- 34
- First Samuel -- 31
- Proverbs -- 31
- First Chronicles -- 29
- Matthew -- 28
- Leviticus -- 27
- Second Kings -- 25
- Second Samuel -- 24
- Joshua -- 24
- First Kings -- 22
- Revelation -- 22
- Judges -- 21
- First Corinthians -- 16
- Romans -- 16
- Hosea -- 14
- Zechariah -- 14
- Second Corinthians -- 13
- Esther -- 13
- Hebrews -- 13
- Nehemiah -- 13
- Daniel -- 12
- Ecclesiastes -- 12
- Song of Solomon -- 8
- FirstTimothy -- 6
- Ephesians -- 6
- Galatians -- 6
- First John -- 5
- First Peter -- 5
- First Thessalonians -- 5
- Lamentations -- 5
- Second Timothy -- 4
- Colossians -- 4
- Malachi -- 4
- Philippians -- 4
- Second Thessalonians -- 3
- Second Peter -- 3
- Habakkuk -- 3
- Zephaniah -- 3
- Haggai -- 2
- Second John -- 1
- Third John -- 1
- Obadiah -- 1
- Philemon -- 1
Note: The writings of the Bible were not originally divided into chapters. Around A.D. 1227, Englishman Stephen Langton developed the chapter divisions used today by every Bible publisher I know of. The chapters in the Old Testament were divided into verses by a Jewish rabbi in 1448 A.D. Robert Estienne divided the chapters of the New Testament into numbered verses in 1555 A.D.
Longest and shortest chapters
With 176 verses, Psalm 119 is the longest Bible chapter. It is divided into 22 stanzas. Each stanza starts with a different letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
With just two verses, Psalm 117 is the shortest Bible chapter. Since it is the 595th of 1189 Bible chapters, Psalm 117 is also the middle chapter of the Bible..
Bible books ranked by the number of words
From the most words to the fewest words.
Which Bible book is the longest? Well, it's not necessarily the one with the most chapter divisions. Take a look at this list.
The word count given is the number of words each book has in the original languages (Hebrew and Greek). The word count would, of course, vary from language translation to language translation.
- Jeremiah -- 33,002 words
- Genesis -- 32,046 words
- Psalms -- 30,147 words
- Ezekiel -- 29,918 words
- Exodus -- 25,957 words
- Isaiah -- 25,608 words
- Numbers -- 25,048 words
- Deuteronomy -- 23,008 words
- Second Chronicles -- 21,349 words
- First Samuel -- 20,837 words
- First Kings -- 20,361 words
- Luke -- 19,482 words
- Leviticus -- 18,852 words
- Second Kings -- 18,784 words
- Acts -- 18,450 words
- Matthew -- 18,346 words
- Second Samuel -- 17,170 words
- First Chronicles -- 16,664 words
- Joshua -- 15,671 words
- John -- 15,635 words
- Judges -- 15,385 words
- Job -- 12,674 words
- Mark -- 11,304 words
- Proverbs -- 9,921 words
- Revelation -- 9,851 words
- Daniel -- 9,001 words
- Nehemiah -- 8,507 words
- Romans -- 7,111 words
- First Corinthians -- 6,830 words
- Ezra -- 5,605 words
- Hebrews -- 4,953 words
- Esther -- 4,932 words
- Zechariah -- 4,855 words
- Ecclesiastes -- 4,537 words
- Second Corinthians -- 4,477 words
- Hosea -- 3,615 words
- Amos -- 3,027 words
- Ephesians -- 2,422 words
- Lamentations -- 2,324 words
- Galatians -- 2,230 words
- First John -- 2,141 words
- Micah -- 2,118 words
- Ruth -- 2,039 words
- Song of Solomon -- 2,020 words
- James -- 1,742 words
- First Peter -- 1,684 words
- Philippians -- 1,629 words
- First Timothy -- 1,591 words
- Colossians -- 1,582 words
- First Thessalonians -- 1,481 words
- Joel -- 1,447 words
- Malachi -- 1,320 words
- Second Timothy -- 1,238 words
- Zephaniah -- 1,141 words
- Second Peter -- 1,099 words
- Jonah -- 1,082 words
- Habakkuk -- 1,011 words
- Haggai -- 926 words
- Nahum -- 855 words
- Second Thessalonians -- 823 words
- Titus -- 659 words
- Jude -- 461 words
- Obadiah -- 440 words
- Philemon -- 335 words
- Second John -- 245 words
- Third John -- 219 words
Longest and shortest verses in the Bible
The shortest verse in the Bible is John 11:35: "Jesus wept."
The longest verse in the Bible is Esther 8:9: "At once the royal secretaries were summoned -- on the twenty-third day of the third month, the month of Sivan. They wrote out all Mordecai's orders to the Jews, and to the satraps, governors and nobles of the 127 provinces stretching from India to Cush. These orders were written in the script of each province and the language of each people and also to the Jews in their own script and language."
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The Books of the Bible (Simple List)
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The complete list of books of the Bible and their authors
God directed the human writers of the Bible such that, while using their own writing styles and personalities, they still recorded what God intended them to write. God did not dictate the Bible but it was perfectly guided and entirely inspired by Him. Knowing who these writers were would give you a better understanding of the Bible. So, how much do you know about the books of the Bible and their authors?
The Bible is a collection of 66 books. There are 39 books in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament. However, the Roman Catholic Bible has 73 books rather than 66. This is because Roman Catholics have seven additional books in the Old Testament. These books are Tobit, Judith, 1-2 Maccabees, Sirach, Baruch, and Wisdom of Solomon.
Bible authors timeline
The Old Testament was written from around 1450 BC to just before 400 BC. On the other hand, the New Testament was written between 35AD and 90AD, covering as far back as the events leading up to the birth of Jesus Christ.
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40 authors of the Bible
Who wrote all the books in the Bible? The Bible was written by over 40 authors of diverse backgrounds over a period of 1500 years.
These authors wrote as they were inspired by the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Below is the complete list of the books of the Bible and their authors.
The Old Testament
The Old Testament contains 39 books, divided into four categories: The Books of the Law (Torah), Historical, Poetical, and Prophetic books.
1. Genesis - Moses
This book was written around 1450-1410 BC by Moses. Genesis is the first five books of the Torah. It gives an account of the world's creation, the early history of humanity, and the Jewish people's origins.
2. Exodus - Moses
The book of Exodus illustrates how God saved Israelites from slavery in Egypt and their subsequent relationship as they journeyed through the wilderness to Canaan, the promised land. This book was also authored around 1450-1410 BC by Moses.
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3. Leviticus - Moses
This book addresses the rules Israelites should adhere to and how they should present themselves before God as they worship Him. It was written around 1445-1444 BC.
4. Numbers - Moses
It mainly talks about the Israelites' failure to trust and obey God and how they wandered in the wilderness for 40 years due to their disobedience. This book was written around 1445-1405 BC.
5. Deuteronomy - Moses
The book of Deuteronomy revisits the promises of God and how He instructed the Israelites to obey Him in the promised land. It also contains the farewell speech from Moses to the people of Israel shortly before his death. It was written around 1407-1406 BC.
6. Joshua - Joshua and Phinehas
This book details how Joshua led the Israelites to conquer the promised land. It also gives more insight into how the land was divided among the twelve tribes of Israel. It is the first Historical Book and was written around 1405-1383 BC.
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7. Judges - Samuel
The book of Judges was written around 1086-1004 BC by Samuel. This book details how Israelites resorted to a cycle of sin. As a result, they suffered defeat and oppression, only to cry out to God for deliverance. God, in turn, sent them leaders (judges) to help them.
The book describes some of the darkest days in Israel's history and how God favoured two widows, Ruth and Naomi. The author of this book is unknown, even though it was written around 1375-1050 BC.
9. 1 Samuel - Samuel, Nathan, and Gad
1 Samuel was written by three authors, Samuel, Nathan, and Gad, around 930 BC. It provides details of how Israelites rejected God's servant Samuel and demanded to be ruled by kings despite God warning them against this.
10. 2 Samuel
The book describes the life and career of David and how he became king against all odds. It touches on his failures too. This book was written around 930 BC. Unfortunately, the author of this book is unknown.
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11. 1 Kings
1 Kings was written around 560-538 BC. It provides details of how Israel enjoyed a period of peace and prosperity under the reign of King Solomon. It further reveals how the Kingdom of Israel was later split in two. It is unclear who wrote the book.
12. 2 Kings
This book explains how the kings of Israel and Judah rejected God and His prophets. As a result, both kingdoms became captives to other nations. The author of this book is unknown. However, it was authored around 560-538 BC.
13. 1 Chronicles - Ezra
It was written around 430 BC by Ezra. This book offered encouragement to the Israelites as they returned from Babylonian exile. It also talks about the history and genealogy of Israel, putting a lot of emphasis on King David.
14. 2 Chronicles - Ezra
This book focuses on King Solomon and the building of the temple. It also reveals how the Babylonians took the southern Israelites captive and destroyed the temple.
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15. Ezra - Ezra
The book of Ezra was written around 450 BC. This book covers the fulfilment of God's promises, the Israelites' return from exile, and the temple rebuilding. It also reveals how Ezra taught the Israelites to obey God's law.
16. Nehemiah - Nehemiah
The book details how Nehemiah rebuilt the wall around Jerusalem amidst strong opposition. It was written around 445-432 BC by Nehemiah.
The author of this book is unknown. However, it was written around 483-471 BC. It explains how Esther rescued the Israelites from the genocidal plot.
Job is the first book of Poetry. It was written around 2100-1800 BC. It explains how Satan attacked a wealthy man named Job, who also lived a holy life. He lost everything to Satan, but God restored to him more than what he lost. The author of this book is unknown.
19. Psalms - David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, and Moses
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It was written around 1440-586 BC by different authors, including David, Solomon, and Moses. The book contains 150 chapters. It has a collection of prayers , poems, and hymns that focus the worshiper's thoughts on God.
20. Proverbs - Solomon, Agur, and Lemuel
This book was authored around 970-930 BC by Solomon, Agur, and Lemuel. The book reveals God's divine wisdom to guide humanity in His ways.
21. Ecclesiastes - King Solomon
It was written around 935 BC by King Solomon. This book explains how Solomon realized that life without God was meaningless.
22. Song of Solomon - King Solomon
This book is about a song of love between a husband and wife, depicting God's relationship with men. King Solomon wrote it around 970-930 BC.
23. Isaiah - Prophet Isaiah
This is the first of the major prophetic books of the Hebrew Bible and was written around 700-681 BC. It contains sobering accounts of Israel's sin and warnings of the coming judgement. The book also offers hope through the coming of the Messiah, who would establish God's Kingdom on earth.
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24. Jeremiah - Prophet Jeremiah
This book was written around 627-586 BC by Prophet Jeremiah. It shows how Israelites were called upon to repent and turn to God, or else Babylonians would take them captive.
25. Lamentations - Prophet Jeremiah
This book expresses deep sadness following the destruction of Jerusalem and the captivity of Israel by Babylonians. It was written around 586 BC by Prophet Jeremiah.
26. Ezekiel - Prophet Ezekiel
The book of Ezekiel pronounces judgment on both Israel and surrounding nations. It also presents a striking picture of the restoration of God's people and a return of God's glory to His dwelling place. It was written around 571 BC.
27. Daniel - Prophet Daniel
It explains how God favoured Daniel in Babylon because of his wisdom and obedience to Him. He receives prophetic visions that are very crucial to Israel's future. The book was written around 535 BC by Daniel.
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28. Hosea - Prophet Hosea
The book of Hosea was written around 715 BC. God instructs Hosea to marry a prostitute, which is meant to portray God's great love for an undeserving group of people.
29. Joel - Prophet Joel
The book shows how Joel warned Israelites to repent or else God's judgement would befall them. It was written around 835-796 BC by Joel.
30. Amos - Prophet Amos
Amos was written around 760-750 BC by Prophet Amos. It describes Amos as a shepherd who condemns the injustices of the Northern Kingdom of Israel. He also delivered God's prophecies faithfully to them.
31. Obadiah - Prophet Obadiah
It shows God's determination to protect His people. The book further reveals that the nation of Edom would face God's wrath for exploiting Jerusalem. Obadiah was written around 627-586 BC.
32. Jonah - Prophet Jonah
This book was authored around 785-760 BC. It talks about Jonah refusing to follow God's instruction to go to Nineveh. As a result, he was swallowed by fish, after which he obeyed and went to the city of Nineveh.
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33. Micah - Prophet Micah
The book of Micah was written around 742-687 BC by the prophet Micah. It talks about how Micah challenged the leaders of Israel and Judah to stop their injustices. He also prophesied the coming of the Messiah.
34. Nahum - Prophet Nahum
This book discloses how Nahum was sent to Nineveh to proclaim God's judgement upon the Assyrian city and empire. It was written around 663-654 BC by Nahum.
35. Habakkuk - Prophet Habakkuk
It was written around 612-589 BC. Habakkuk challenges God to eliminate injustices and violence rampant in Judah, but God shocked him with His response. God reveals to him that He plans to use more ruthless Babylonians to bring more violence and injustices in Judah because of their disobedience.
36. Zephaniah - Prophet Zephaniah
Through this book, God warns that He will judge Israel and the surrounding nations using the Babylonians. He also gives them hope by revealing that He will restore peace in Israel if they repent of their sins. It was written around 640-621 BC by Zephaniah.
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37. Haggai - Prophet Haggai
This book was written around 520 BC by Haggai. It reveals that the Israelites were not keen on rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem after the Babylonian exile. Hagai advises them to finish this work.
38. Zechariah - Prophet Zechariah
This book was authored around 520-480 BC by Zechariah. The book encourages God's remnants to return to Him. This was after the Israelites had been exiled to Babylon for 70 years.
39. Malachi - Prophet Malachi
This is the last book of the Old Testament. It records how Israelites declined to obey God's instruction. As a result, God sent Malachi to rebuke them. The book of Malachi was written around 430 BC.
The New Testament
The New Testament is a collection of twenty-seven books that revolve around the life, death, resurrection, and teachings of Jesus Christ.
40. Matthew - Matthew (Levi)
Matthew is the first book of the New Testament and one of the three synoptic Gospels. The book was written around AD 80-90 by Matthew. It tells how Jesus Christ came to his people (the Jews) but was rejected. On his resurrection, he sends the disciples to the gentiles instead.
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41. Mark - John Mark
Mark is the shortest gospel. It tells of the ministry of Jesus Christ, from his baptism by John the Baptist to his death, burial, and the discovery of his empty tomb. The book was authored around AD 55-65 by John Mark.
42. Luke - Luke
The book of Luke tells of the origins, birth, ministry, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ. Unlike the other Gospel writers, Luke was a Gentile who wrote an account of Jesus' life for those outside the Jewish faith.
43. John - Apostle John
John is the last book of the four Gospels. The book gives an account of Jesus' ministry that focuses on the deeper meaning of events surrounding Christ's life, death, and resurrection.
44. Acts - Luke
This book has 28 chapters and provides the history of the early church. It gives an account of how the gospel was spread to other nations, including the Gentiles. The book of Acts was written around AD 60-61 by Luke.
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45. Romans - Paul
Romans is an epistle to the believers in Rome, which Paul planned to visit. It was written by Paul to explain that salvation is offered through the gospel of Jesus.
46. 1 Corinthians - Paul
1 Corinthians is the first of two letters from Paul to the believers in Corinth. Apostle Paul wrote the book in response to divisions and problems facing the early church .
47. 2 Corinthians - Paul
This is Paul's second and final letter to the church in Corinth. The book deals with persisting problems facing the believers in Corinth and warns against false teachers.
48. Galatians - Paul
Galatians is a letter from Paul to the church in Galatia. The book addresses the problem of Jewish legalism and the fullness of salvation found in Jesus. It was written around 49-50 AD by Paul.
49. Ephesians - Paul
Apostle Paul wrote the book of Ephesians to the church in Ephesus. The book hits on a wide range of moral and ethical behaviours designed to ensure believers are living up to a godly life.
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50. Philippians - Paul
This book was written by Paul around AD 60-61 to the Philippians, thanking them for the gift they had sent him upon learning of his detention in Rome. He also uses that opportunity to encourage them to stand firm in the face of persecution.
51. Colossians - Paul
Colossians was written around AD 60-62 by Paul. The book emphasizes Christ's authority over all evil powers. It also reminds Christians to set their hearts on things above and not on earthly things.
52. 1 Thessalonians - Paul
1 Thessalonians was written by Apostle Paul to the church in Thessalonica. The book provides Christians with the clearest biblical passage on the rapture of the church, an event that will inaugurate the seven-year tribulation.
53. 2 Thessalonians - Paul
Paul wrote this book to encourage persecuted believers and correct a misunderstanding concerning the rapture of the church. Some believed that the rapture had already taken place.
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54. 1 Timothy - Paul
The book was written by Paul around AD 62-64 to Timothy, instructing him to care for the church at Ephesus while he went on to Macedonia. He tells Timothy to lead the church with sound teaching and a godly example.
55. 2 Timothy - Paul
Paul is nearing the end of his life, so he writes to Timothy, encouraging him to continue preaching the word of God with boldness amid persecution.
56. Titus - Paul
Titus was written by Apostle Paul, and it has three chapters. The believers on the island of Crete lacked leadership, and Paul relied on Titus to help bring them the truth.
57. Philemon - Paul
The book of Philemon was authored around AD 60-62 by Paul to Philemon, a leader in the Colossian church. He strongly recommends that Philemon accept his runaway slave as a brother.
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The author of Hebrews is unknown. However, some scholars believe Paul must have written this book. The theme of Hebrews is the absolute supremacy and sufficiency of Jesus Christ as the mediator of God's grace.
59. James - James (The half-brother of Jesus)
The book of James is believed to have been written by James around AD 44-49. The book encourages Christians to live in ways that demonstrate their faith in action.
60. 1 Peter - Apostle Peter
Peter wrote this book around AD 64-65 to the early church. It touches on various doctrines and has much to say about Christian life and duties. The book encourages Christians to remain steadfast despite hardships.
61. 2 Peter - Apostle Peter
2 Peter was written by Peter to believers, reminding them about the truth of Jesus Christ and warning them against false teachers and evildoers in the church. He also instructs Christians on how to deal with persecution from outside the church.
62. 1 John - Apostle John
John wrote this letter to Christians, reminding them about keeping Jesus' commands and loving one another. He warns them against false apostles and assures them of salvation if they hold on to the faith.
63. 2 John - Apostle John
This book was written by Apostle John around AD 90-95. It also emphasizes the importance of walking in the truth and loving one another.
64. 3 John - Apostle John
John wrote this letter to highlight the need for Christians to support each other so that missionaries and evangelists don't depend on the support of non-believers. He commends a guy named Gaius for supporting the teachers of the gospel.
65. Jude - Jude (The brother of Jesus)
Jude is only one chapter and was written around AD 68-70 to warn the early church about certain immoral men who were perverting the grace of God. These men were trying to confuse believers by saying that being saved by grace gave them license to sin.
66. Revelation - Apostle John
The Book of Revelation is the final book of the New Testament. John wrote this book around AD 95 from his exile on the island of Patmos. He informs believers that the showdown between God and Satan is imminent.
Satan will increase his persecution of believers, but they must stand firm, even to death. The book ends with a reference to the second coming of Christ, where he will reward everyone according to what they have done.
Who wrote 14 books of the Bible?
Out of the 27 books in the New Testament, 14 books are traditionally attributed to Apostle Paul. These books include Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, and Hebrews.
How many years did it take to write the Bible?
The Bible was written over 1,500 years, beginning with the world's creation in the book of Genesis and ending with the book of Revelation.
The books of the Bible and their authors have been a subject of interest among many Christians, especially new believers. There are 39 books in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament. Over 40 authors wrote these books under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
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