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Bible Term: Books of the Bible

The Bible is a collection of books, written by various authors over a period of several hundred years. Think of the Bible as a diverse anthology of godly communication. It contains historic accounts, poetry, letters of instruction and encouragement, messages from God sent through his emissaries (prophets), and prophecies of future events.

Altogether, the Bible contains 66 books*. They’re grouped into two sections. The Old Testament contains 39 books* that precede and anticipate Jesus. The New Testament contains 27 books that cover Jesus’ life and the work of his followers after his death.

* see Apocrypha for more information

Bible Term: Bible

The Bible, or Holy Bible, is God’s written word to us. It is from God and, if we let it, it can teach us, correct us, and train us in godliness (2 Timothy 3:16). The purpose of this website is to encourage people to regularly read the Bible, the greatest book ever written.

The Bible is actually a collection of books, written by various authors over a period of several hundred years. Think of the Bible as a diverse anthology of godly communication. It contains historic accounts, poetry, letters of instruction and encouragement, messages from God sent through his emissaries (prophets), and future prophecies.

Altogether, the Bible contains 66 books.* They are grouped into two sections. The Old Testament contains 39 books* that precede and anticipate Jesus. The New Testament contains 27 books that cover Jesus’ life and the work of his followers.

* see Apocrypha for more information

Sealed Scrolls in the Bible

In Isaiah’s prophecy, there’s a reference to words in a scroll. But no one can read them because the scroll is sealed.

Later, God tells Daniel to take the words of his prophecy and seal it in a scroll until the end of time.

In Revelation, God gives John a scroll and tells him to open it. But John can’t because it’s sealed. He cries profusely because he sees no one worthy to open the seal. But there is one who can: Jesus. Jesus is worthy to break the seal and access the prophecy.

Later, as a final word, God tells John not to seal up his prophecy. The time is right; it must remain accessible.

In the Old Testament, scrolls are sealed. In the New Testament, Jesus breaks the seal. This is one more incredible connection between Old Testament prophecy and New Testament fulfillment.

[Isaiah 29:11, Daniel 12:4, Revelation 5:1-10, Revelation 22:10]

Ten Most Difficult Books in the Bible

Just as I have favorite books in the Bible, I also have a few I struggle with. You’ll likely agree with some on my list, but others may surprise.

My least favorite books of the Bible are:

1) Leviticus is packed with laws, rules, and expectations. With patience, there’s much insight to discover. Yet, after a while, my eyes glaze over.

2) Deuteronomy repeats some of Leviticus and adds more. The implications are wonderful, but it’s a tough read for me.

3) Isaiah is loved my many with its frequent allusions to Jesus. Yet it’s also long and plodding for me to read.

4) Jeremiah is an interesting tale, but a discouraging read and may not be in chronological order, adding confusion.

5) Lamentations is a series of five poems or laments, formatted not unlike a funeral dirge. This is not my preferred genre.

6) Ezekiel contains perplexing visions and strange imagery. There’s a lot to unpack.

7) Psalms is essentially a prayer journal. It’s raw and honest, resonating with many, but often distressing me.

8) Hebrews contains incredible information connecting Jesus with the Old Testament, but I struggle to work through it.

9) John is the “go to” gospel for many people, but his poetic style doesn’t click with me.

10) Revelation is a book of an epic battle between good and evil. Good wins. The end. But the details weigh me down.

Which books would you take off my list or add to it?

Top Ten Books of the Bible

The Protestant Bible contains 66 books, while the Catholic Bible adds seven more. I’ve read them all, seeing value in each one. But I like some more than others.

Here are my top ten books of the Bible:

1) Luke was a doctor and the only non-Jewish author in the New Testament. He writes as an outsider, more readily connecting with those on the outside. Luke has a straightforward style, with compelling language. The book contains details not found in the other gospels and includes the oft-read Christmas story of Jesus.

2) Acts, also written by Dr Luke, continues where the book of Luke ended. Luke and Acts comprise a gripping two-book combination. Noteworthy in Acts is nearly 100 mentions of the Holy Spirit.

3) Daniel begins with six stories about Daniel and his three buddies. The last half contains four visions from God about the future.

4) Jude encourages believers to “contend for the faith” and contains warnings about ungodly people who have infiltrated the church.

5) James presents many practical teachings. Some misunderstand the book as setting aside faith in favor of good works, but this is not the case.

6) Genesis contains accounts of some colorful characters whose actions are sometimes hard to understand. Yet this is life: raw, perplexing, and occasionally, shocking.

7) Ruth is a captivating story of a widowed woman’s loyalty to her mother-in-law and the resulting reward for her devotion.

8) Esther is an intriguing story of obedience, duty, risk, and love.

9) Tobit is a supernatural epic adventure. It would make a great paranormal movie. Really.

10) Judith is the tale of a beautiful woman who daringly delivers her people from their enemies, using beauty and charm, all the while maintaining her virtue.

What are your favorite books in the Bible?