|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|
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|
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
|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|
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|
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|
is my judge"
|HOSEA Author: Hosea|
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|
|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|
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|
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|
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"
|HAGGAI Author: Haggai|
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|
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
His second coming on the Mount of Olives
|MALACHI Author: Malachi|
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