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When we are first getting familiar with the Word of God, the Bible, it can seem overwhelming and a lot to take in all at once!
Let us just take an overview of who wrote the Bible, and some brief information to help you get acquainted.
Don’t let the size of the Bible intimidate you or cause you to back away from learning any of it. You will find incredible stories throughout its pages that will help you in every situation in life!
The stories will encourage you, strengthen you and guide you. Your faith will be increased, and your soul will be fed. The Bible is a book like no other, and it can change your life!
The Bible is actually a book filled with smaller books. There are sixty-six books in all, and they are divided into two main sections.
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The Old Testament is filled with books that were written before Jesus Christ walked on the earth. The New Testament is a group of books that were written after Jesus Christ was born and walked among men.
Who Wrote The Bible?
We may think that God is the One who wrote the Bible, but God actually moved in the hearts of men to bring the Word to us, as mentioned in 2 Peter 1:21,
“For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”2 Peter 1:21
The first five books of the Bible were written by Moses. They are Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. These books hold fascinating stories about the creation of the world, a great flood where only 8 people on earth survived, and a sea that parted to help God’s people, among many more.
The next book is Joshua and is thought that he wrote much of this book.
While it is not perfectly clear who wrote the Bible books of Judges, Ruth, 1st and 2nd Samuel scholars believe these books were penned by Samuel. You will find a story of a man whose strength was superhuman, a beautiful love story, and a female hero in this section of the Word!
Next in the Bible we find 1st and 2nd Kings, which is thought to have been written by a prophet named Jeremiah.
1st and 2nd Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah were mostly likely written by Ezra, with Nehemiah helping with the writing of his own book.
The book of Esther is a beautiful story of a young woman who helps save an entire race of people from an evil man, probably penned by her uncle Mordecai.
The book of Job has an unknown author but is an encouraging book to show how one man stayed faithful to God during the hardest of times, and how God blessed him because of it.
The book of Psalms is mostly written by David.
A man named Solomon wrote the Bible book of Proverbs, which is a great book filled with nuggets of wisdom.
Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon were both written by Solomon.
Isaiah wrote Isaiah. This book tells about our Savior coming to earth!
Jeremiah and Lamentations were written by Jeremiah.
For the remaining books in the Old Testament, each book was named after the men who wrote each one: Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi.
Moving on to the New Testament, this is where our Savior comes on the scene in flesh!
The men who wrote the Bible books to begin the New Testament are Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. These are called the Gospels, and the books are named after the men who wrote them.
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This section of the Bible shows us stories of when Jesus walked on earth, and the many miracles He performed.
This is also where we learn of His great love for us, so much so that He died on a cross to save our souls.
After Jesus died, we enter the book of Acts, which was written by Luke. And oh, what a book this is! It shows us the history of the first Christian churches that were established after Jesus died.
The rest of the books in the New Testament (except for the very last book, Revelation) are letters written to the churches that were started in the book of Acts.
This is where Christians were being taught how to live for Jesus, and where we can still learn today.
The majority of the books were written by Paul: Romans, 1st and 2nd Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1st and 2nd Thessalonians, 1st and 2nd Timothy, Titus and Philemon.
It is uncertain who wrote the book of Hebrews.
The remaining books (except Revelation) are named after the men who wrote them: James, 1st and 2nd Peter, 1st, 2nd and 3rd John, and Jude.
And finally, the last book of the Bible is Revelation, written by John.
None of us remember every book the first time we hear of it or see it, but in time, don’t worry-they will all come to memory easier and easier.
Studying the Bible can help you learn the books of the Bible. Check out this post we wrote on how to study the Bible.
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Enjoy this incredible book of books given to help us navigate through this life! Handle it daily!
As always, have a blessed day.