The Bible is a book of books, 66 books* altogether, written over a period of hundreds of years by many different authors. These 66 books are divided into two parts, the Old Testament and the New Testament.
The Old Testament contains 39 books** and addresses the formation, existence, and demise of the nation of Israel, the time frame prior to the life of Jesus. The Old Testament books are categorized as follows:
- The books of Moses (the first five books of the Bible)
- Historical books (focusing on the nation of Israel)
- Wisdom literature (books of poetry, good advice, and wise sayings)
- The Prophets (the life and messages of some of God‘s key spokesmen)
Here is a list of the books in the Old Testament:
- First & Second Samuel
- First & Second Kings
- First & Second Chronicles
- First Maccabees*
- Second Maccabees*
- Song of Solomon
- Sirach (aka Ecclesiasticus)*
* The Roman Catholic Church includes
additional books in their Old Testament.
See Apocrypha for more information.
**The Hebrew Bible includes the same
writings of the 39 Old Testament books
but combine some books together,
resulting in 24 books.