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Navigating the Bible
Navigating the Bible

TIP:- The Gospels & Psalms are the best place to start.

Law

GENESIS

The CREATION of the world and FALL of mankind. (ch. 1-5)

God floods the earth but saves Noah’s family and then scatters their descendants across the earth. (ch. 6-11)

God chooses the nation of ISRAEL as His chosen people through Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and his twelve sons. (ch. 12-50)

EXODUS - DEUTERONOMY

God’s people find themselves in SLAVERY in Egypt but are brought out through Moses and are given the law (which showed them their need for a saviour) and the tabernacle (the tent which held God’s presence).

History

JOSHUA

Under Joshua the people of Israel are given rest and the LAND that they were promised.

JUDGES

Israel is led by a series of spiritual / military leaders called Judges.

RUTH

Story of a foreign woman who married an Israelite, from whom Jesus would be a descendant.

1 SAMUEL

History of Samuel, the last judge of Israel, and of Israel’s first kings Saul and David, Ruth’s great grandson.

2 SAMUEL

David’s history after the death of Saul.

1 KINGS

Reign of David’s son and successor Solomon. (ch. 1-11)

Israel is SPLIT into two kingdoms - Israel in north and Judah in south. (ch. 12-16)

Ministry of Elijah and a few prophets to the northern kingdom of Israel.
(ch. 17-22)

2 KINGS

Ministry of Elisha and history of northern Israel up to  EXILE in Assyria. (ch. 1-17)

History of the southern kingdom of Judah up to exile in Babylon. (ch. 18-25)

1 & 2 CHRONICLES

A list of Israelite families from creation to exile and a summary of 1 Samuel - 2 Kings.

EZRA & NEHEMIAH

The RETURN from exile and rebuilding of the temple and city walls, following the Persian conquest of Babylon. 

ESTHER

Life-story of a Jewish woman who became Queen of Persia and used her position to save the Jews from the threat of extermination.

Note: This is the end of the “story” of the Old Testament - the following books all slot somewhere into the story that has gone before.

Wisdom

JOB

Life-story of a rich man who is tested by the devil and loses his wealth and his family but keeps his faith in God.

PSALMS

Collection of songs and poems, about half of which were written by David.
Others were written by King Asaph, one by Moses, many are anonymous.

PROVERBS

A collection of wise sayings by King Solomon (ch. 1-29) and a couple of people called Agur (ch. 30) and Lemuel (ch. 31).

ECCLESIASTES

Solomon confesses and repents of his foolishness.

SONG OF SONGS   (OR: SONG OF SOLOMON)

Solomon’s love songs representing God’s love for His people.

Prophets

ISAIAH, JEREMIAH & EZEKIEL

Major books of prophecy to the southern kingdom of Judah (pre-Babylon).

LAMENTATIONS

Jeremiah mourns the capture of Jerusalem, capital of Judah, by Babylon. 

DANIEL

Major book of prophecy to exiles in Babylon (during captivity).

HOSEA – Minor book of prophecy to the northern kingdom of Israel (pre-Assyria).

JOEL Minor books of prophecy to the southern kingdom of Judah (pre-Babylon).

AMOS Minor book of prophecy to the northern kingdom of Israel (pre-Assyria).

OBADIAH Minor book of prophecy to southern kingdom of Judah (pre-Babylon).

JONAH Minor book of prophecy to the northern kingdom of Israel (pre-Assyria).
 
MICAH, NAHUM, HABAKKUK, ZEPHANIAH

Minor books of prophecy to the southern kingdom of Judah (pre-Babylon).

HAGGAI, ZECHARIAH & MALACHI

Minor books of prophecy to the exiles in Persia; calling for the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem, which would be overseen by Ezra, and the reformation of the priests (post-Babylon).

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Gospels

MATTHEW - JOHN

Gospels - eye-witness accounts of the life and ministry of JESUS CHRIST. 

Acts

ACTS OF THE APOSTLES

History of the early CHURCH.

Epistles

ROMANS - PHILEMON

Letters by Paul to new Churches and young Christians.

HEBREWS

Letter by an unknown author to Jewish Christians.

JAMES

Letter by a half brother of Jesus Christ.

1 & 2 PETER

Letters by the apostle Peter.

1-3 JOHN

Letters by the apostle John.

JUDE

Letter by a half brother of Jesus Christ.

Revelation

REVELATION OF JOHN

John’s vision of the SECOND COMING of Christ.