GENESIS   Author: Moses
   "Birth" or "origins"
Tells the history of Creation and carries on to the death to Joseph, a period of more than 2000 years.
 
EXODUS   Author: Moses
   "The way out" or "going out"
Relates the history of Israel's departure from Egypt, and the giving of the law and building of the Tabernacle.

 

LEVITCUS   Author: Moses
   "Law of the priests"  
Describes the ceremonial laws and tells the way the people were to worship God.  It was after referred to as the "handbook of the priests."

 

NUMBERS   Author: Moses
   Gives the census of the people.  It is a sequel to the book of Exodus.  Relates the Israelite story from Sinai until the arrival at the borders of Moab.

 

DEUTERONOMY   Author: Moses
   "Second legislation"
Repeats the law and traces God's workings for Israel to the border of Canaan.
Records the counsels and songs given by Moses just before the nation's passage of the Jordan, and his death.

 

JOSHUA    Author: Probably Joshua

   Named after Joshua, the successor of Moses.  The book is a continuation of the history of  Israel.  Describes their entering the Promised Land and gives the division of the land and of settlement.

 

JUDGES   Author: Unknown

   Covers the history of Israel during their first 350 years in the Land of Promise.

 

RUTH   Author: Unknown
   The events recorded in this 'little book' happened early in the period of the Judges, but are told in a style that contrasts greatly with that of the book of Judges.  Records the early lineage of the royal of the book of Judges.  Records the early lineage of the royal family of Judah, from which Christ sprang 1,000 years later.

 

1 SAMUEL   Author: Composite authorship
  A record of a period of about 100 years, from about 1100 to 1011 B. C.  It covers the time of Samuel, the kingship of Saul, and the experiences of David before Saul's death.

 

2 SAMUEL   Author of complier: Unknown
   A description of the reign of David. 1 and 2 Samuel were originally one 'little book'.

 

1 AND 2 KINGS   Author: compilation
   In the Hebrew Bible 1 and 2 Kings were originally one book.  They record events of the reign of Solomon and the other kings of Judah and of Israel, covering a period of about 400 years.  In addition to the record of these kings, we find in these 'little books' accounts of the ministry of Elijah, the most outstanding of the ancient prophets, and of Elisha.

 

1 AND 2 CHRONICLES   Author: Probably Ezra
   These 'little books' were composed or at least completed in the late fifth century B. C., and are thought to be perhaps the last of the Old Testament Biblical books written.

 

EZRA, NEHEMIAH   Author: Ezra
   In the Hebrew Bible, until A. D. 1488, these two 'little books' appeared as one.  The time covered by these two books is about 200 years, although there are large time gaps in the records.  Their history covers the restoration of the Jews from their captivity, and rebuilding of the Temple and city.  They show how the prophecies of Isaiah and Jeremiah were fulfilled.

 

ESTHER  Author: Unknown
   The story of the young Jewess who became queen of Persia and helped save her people from destruction.  This 'little book' is the only one in the Bible not containing the word "God", yet God's providential care for the people is seen throughout.  In the Bible this 'little book' follows Nehemiah, but in history the events in Esther occurred some 30 years before the story of Nehemiah.

 

JOB   Author: Probably Moses
   The story of godly man, tried terribly by sudden, unaccountable reverses, misunderstood and misrepresented by his friends, plunged into the depths of discouragement, yet holding on to God and finding, at last, an unshakable faith in m.  The story closes with Job being blessed in "the latter end" more than at the beginning.

 

PSALMS    "Songs" Author: David and others
   This 'little book' contains 150 songs of praise, prayers, and petitions, intended for use in the worship of  God.  Many were written by David.  Psalm 90 is a prayer of Moses.  Two psalms are by Solomon.  The 'little book' of Psalms contains both the longest and shortest chapters in the entire Bible.  In this 'little book' can be found words for the sick and suffering, the poor and needy, the prisoner and exile, the man in danger of  persecuted, or the sinner.  Almost every aspect of man's relationship to God is touched upon here.

 

PROVERBS   "Preacher" Author: Solomon
   This 'little book' of poetry has been so named because it contains the mediations and sermons of the wise man, Solomon, in which he points out the vanity of earthly things.  He uses the phrase "under the sun" 28 times. This book holds up a danger sign against sin, and closes with a call to the young threat they might be spared some of life's bitter experiences.

 

SONG OF SOLOMON   Author: Solomon

   The Song of Solomon is a poem with love as its theme.  It may be used to illustrate the love between Christ and His church.

 

ISAIAH   Author: Isaiah
   This 'little book' is filled with messages and prophecies of the coming of Christ, or the Messiah, and His kingdom.  In these messages encouragement are some of the most graphic portrayals of the Messiah found in the Old Testament.  Also the coming destruction of Jerusalem.. Isaiah spent his life trying to get Judah to become acquainted with God.

 

JEREMIAH   Author: Jeremiah
  "Yahweh establishes"
   Though not arranged chronologically, the book of Jeremiah gives prophecies concerning the captivity of Judah, its sufferings, and its final restoration.  Seeing the coming Babylonian captivity, Jeremiah rebukes, warns, threatens, and denounces the sins of the people, beseeching them to return to God's commandments.  The messages of this 'little book' shows the certainty of God's judgment against sin, but points to His tenderness and boundless love.  No other prophet has as difficult a task as Jeremiah.  He had to stand alone for God in the midst of the apostasy of his own people.

 

LAMENATIONS   Author: Jeremiah
   The first main section of this book (chapters 1-24), which describes the apostasy for which Israel would be punished, was written before the fall of Jerusalem, and the next section (chapters 25-32), afterward.  The remainder points in hope to the restoration.  "The word of the Lord came unto me" appears some 49 times in this book.  It is recorded that God called Ezekiel "son of man" 100 times.

 

DANIEL   Author: Daniel

 "God is my judge"
contains a predictive prophetic sweep of history from the prophet's day to the end of time.  The basic prophetic book of the Bible.

 

HOSEA   Author: Hosea
  "Jehovah has saved"
Using as an illustration his own unhappy experience with his wife, Hosea deals with God's great love for His wayward people, Israel.  In spite of the dark picture painted of the sins of his nation, Hosea holds out hope for them if they will repent.

 

JOEL   Author: Joel
   "Jehovah is God"
A call to ancient Israel for reformation, an explanation of why it is necessary, and a message that through repentance will be found blessings from god, material and spiritual.

 

AMOS   Author: Amos

 "A burden bearer" 
Amos's chief purpose was to call the attention of God's people, living in a time of prosperity and luxury, to a recognition of their sins and bring them to repentance.  He rebukes every evil practice, counting it a duty to warn all of the divine judgments to come on all who persist in doing iniquity.

 

OBADIAH   Author: Obadiah
   "Servant of Jehovah"
This is the shortest book in the Old Testament, containing only 21 verses.  Obadiah prophesies the destruction of Edom (or descendants of Esau), because of their hostility toward the Jews.

 

JONAH   Author: Jonah
   "Dove"
Jonah is the only book of the prophets that is written in narrative form.  It is the story of an obstinate prophet who said No to God when asked to go to Nineveh, one of the greatest cities in the world, to warn it of its destruction because of its sins.  After his experience of being swallowed by a fish he was given a second chance, and later carried out the commission.  Because of the universality of God's love shown in the book, it has been called a counterpart of John 3:16.

 

MICAH   Author: John:
 "Who is like Jehovah?" Author: Micah
Micah and Isaiah were contemporaries, and their prophecies are much alike.  Micah's burden was the sins of the people, especially Judah's, knowing they would lead to the Babylonian captivity.  The book closes with a prophecy of the glory of the Messianic kingdom.

 

NAHUM   Author: Nahum
 "Comforted"
Nahum's prophecy of the downfall of Assyria was written about 150 years after Jonah's warning the Ninevites and their subsequent repentance, which did not last.  the siege and fall of Nineveh is described.  The Medes and Babylonians completely destroyed the city in 612 B. C.

 

HABAKKUK   Author: Habakkuk
   From the Hebrew verb to embrace,
This short book deals mainly with the question Why does God permit sinners to flourish while He seems indifferent to their wicked acts?  God answers the prophet's rash questions by assuring him that when the time is ripe He will act.  God's word to Habakkuk in chapter2:4-"The just shall live by his faith"-is quoted 3 times in the New Testament
(Romans 1: 11; Hebrews 10: 38)

 

ZEPHANIAH   Author: Zephaniah

  "Jehovah has hidden"
Zephaniah seems to have been a descendant of King Hezekiah of Judah (Zephaniah 1 : 1).  His book is about the judgments that would fall upon Judah and surrounding nations for their sins.  The term "day of the Lord," which is used several times, refers more to God's judgments that were to come upon those nations than to the final day of judgment.

 

HAGGAI   Author: Haggai
  "Festal"
This prophet was the first of 3 to prophecy after the exile.  His message was to persuade the people to rebuild the Temple, and to bring comfort and encouragement to a discouraged nation.  He says, "The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the Lord of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the Lord of hosts" (Haggai 2:9)

 

ZECHARIAH   Author: Zechariah
   "Jehovah remembers"
Zechariah, like Haggai, was used by God to stir the remnant Jews who returned to Babylon after the 70 years of captivity to rebuild the Temple.  Zechariah also foretells the coming of the Savior and His work, more than any other prophet other than Isaiah.  He predicted His entry into Jerusalem on a colt (Zechariah 9:9); His betrayal for 30 pieces of silver
(chapter 11:12,13); His hands being pierced
(chapter 12:10);
His second coming on the Mount of Olives
(chapter 14:3-8)

 

MALACHI   Author: Malachi

   "My messenger"
Written about 400 yeas before Christ, the book of Malachi describes the terrible, progressive spiritual declension of the Jews.  The degree of their apostasy is illustrated by their denial of wrong, and by their suggestion that God is unjust.  For the faithful ones the prophet ends with the assurance that God will keep them in the day of judgment.

 

The New Testament

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