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The Bible

The Bible is unique among “Holy Books;” it is rooted in and intertwined with actual human history.

The Bible claims to be “the word of God.” It records the interaction of God with historical people and nations. It reveals the meaning of life and the responsibility of human beings to their Creator.

66 Books

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The Bible is actually a collection of books—some long, some short. This book of books is the world’s all-time bestseller (several billion copies) and the world’s most translated book.

Bible’s 2 major sections

The Bible’s two major sections are the Old Testament and the New Testament.

► What’s so NEW about the New Testament?

LIST OF BOOKS with links to descriptions of each

  1. Genesis: chapter 1
  2. Exodus: chapter 1
  3. Leviticus: chapter 1
  4. Numbers: chapter 1
  5. Deuteronomy: chapter 1
  6. Joshua: chapter 1
  7. Judges: chapter 1
  8. Ruth: chapter 1
  9. 1 Samuel: chapter 1
  10. 2 Samuel: chapter 1
  11. 1 Kings: chapter 1
  12. 2 Kings: chapter 1
  13. 1 Chronicles: chapter 1
  14. 2 Chronicles: chapter 1
  15. Ezra: chapter 1
  16. Nehemiah: chapter 1
  17. Esther: chapter 1
  18. Job: chapter 1
  19. Psalms: chapter 1
  20. Proverbs: chapter 1
  21. Ecclesiastes: chapter 1
  22. Song of Solomon: chapter 1
  23. Isaiah: chapter 1
  24. Jeremiah: chapter 1
  25. Lamentations: chapter 1
  26. Ezekiel: chapter 1
  27. Daniel: chapter 1
  28. Hosea: chapter 1
  29. Joel: chapter 1
  30. Amos: chapter 1
  31. Obadiah: chapter 1
  32. Jonah: chapter 1
  33. Micah: chapter 1
  34. Nahum: chapter 1
  35. Habakkuk: chapter 1
  36. Zephaniah: chapter 1
  37. Haggai: chapter 1
  38. Zechariah: chapter 1
  39. Malachi: chapter 1
  1. Matthew: chapter 1
  2. Mark: chapter 1
  3. Luke: chapter 1
  4. John: chapter 1
  5. Acts: chapter 1
  6. Romans: chapter 1
  7. 1 Corinthians: chapter 1
  8. 2 Corinthians: chapter 1
  9. Galatians: chapter 1
  10. Ephesians: chapter 1
  11. Philippians: chapter 1
  12. Colossians: chapter 1
  13. 1 Thessalonians: chapter 1
  14. 2 Thessalonians: chapter 1
  15. chapter 1: chapter 1
  16. chapter 1: chapter 1
  17. Titus: chapter 1
  18. Philemon: chapter 1
  19. Hebrews: chapter 1
  20. James: chapter 1
  21. 1 Peter: chapter 1
  22. 2 Peter: chapter 1
  23. 1 John: chapter 1
  24. 2 John: only chapter
  25. 3 John: only chapter
  26. Jude: only chapter
  27. Revelation: chapter 1

The Old Testament

  • Starts at the Creation of the universe
  • Books: 39
  • Chapters: 929
  • Verses: 23,214
  • Words: 593,493
  • Longest book: Psalms
  • Shortest book: Obadiah—3rd shortest book of the Bible

The New Testament

Order of books

The Bible’s books are usually arranged by TYPE, rather than in chronological order, although chronologically arranged Bibles are available.

9 sub-sections of the Bible

Books of Moses and the Law History Wisdom Prophets Gospels
known as The Pentateuch:
1 Samuel
2 Samuel
1 Kings
2 Kings
1 Chronicles
2 Chronicles
Song of Solomon


These record the life of Christ and the way of salvation.

History of the early church Letters from Paul Letters from others Apocalypse
Acts of the Apostles
1 Corinthians
2 Corinthians
1 Thessalonians
2 Thessalonians
1 Timothy
2 Timothy
1 Peter
2 Peter
1 John
2 John
3 John

Illustrated chronological summary of the Bible

God’s Story. Click here.
Illustrated journey through the Bible

Want to understand the Bible better? Start with God’s Story, a wonderful, multimedia summary of the Bible, chronologically from Creation to eternity.

CHRONOLOGICAL TEACHING—Why use this method? See recommended resources. GO

Our on-line WebBible Encyclopedia

Use our free, on-line BIBLE ENCYCLOPEDIA to learn about virtually every word, person and place in the Bible. It’s huge and cross-referenced with the Bible and our answers! See such words as Bible, Canon, Scripture, Inspiration of Scripture, Word of God, Apocrypha, and King James Words Defined.

Bible fun and education

Fun facts

Last word in the Bible: Amen (Rev. 22:21)
Longest word (and name): Mahershalalhashbaz (Isaiah 8:1)
Shortest verse: John 11:35 (2 words: “Jesus wept”)
Longest verse: Esther 8:9
Shortest book (number of words): 3 John
Longest book: Psalms (150 chapters)
Middle books: Micah and Nahum
Chapters: 1,189
Longest chapter: Psalm 119 (176 verses)
Shortest chapter (number of words): Psalm 117
Number of times the word “God” appears: 3,358 (It appears in every book except Esther and Song of Solomon.)
Number of times the word “Lord” appears: 7,736
Number of different authors: Over 40
Number of languages the Bible has been translated into: 513+ complete Bibles
2,817 partial translations—and increasing every year
as of 2014

Some people ask, “How many words, or letters are there in the Bible?” Or, “What is the middle verse?” The answers totally depend on which translation or manuscript you are using. So, the answers are of little importance to us.

Read the Bible

We urge you to read the Bible for yourself. It’s an adventure. If you don’t have time to read the whole thing immediately, we suggest that you begin with Genesis (the book of beginnings) and then read the Gospel of According to JOHN.

We offer two plans to help you get through reading the entire Bible: a One-Year program (arranged by book type) or a Three-Year program (arranged simply from Genesis to Revelation).

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Click here for our JESUS home page.Learn the historical and biblical facts about Jesus Christ, plus answers to your questions

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