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Books Of The Old Testament In The Bible

Books Of The Old Testament In The Bible

The Bible is a collection of 66 books. These books are divided into two sections—the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament contains 39 books, while the New Testament contains 27 books. While it is not essential to read through all of these books, it is important to know which ones they are so that you can start reading them if you want too!


The first book of the Bible is Genesis. It is also the book of beginnings, beginning with creation and ending with Jacob’s death. Genesis tells us how God created the universe, including Earth and all creatures on it. It tells us about Adam and Eve, humanity’s first parents, who were tempted by Satan (Satan is a fallen angel), leading to their expulsion from Paradise in Eden. From there we learn about Cain killing Abel; about Noah building an ark for his family; about Abraham being called out of Ur by God; about Isaac marrying Rebekah and having twins named Jacob and Esau; then Jacob becoming Israel after wrestling with an angel; Joseph being sold into slavery in Egypt before rising up to become prime minister under Pharaoh—and finally dying there at age 110 years old after providing food during seven years of famine!


The Book of Exodus is the second book of the Torah and tells the story of how God freed his chosen people from slavery in Egypt. The Israelites’ journey to freedom was long and arduous, but through it all they remained faithful to God and eventually reached their promised land.

The Book of Exodus contains some of the most famous stories from Scripture, including those about Moses parting a sea so that his people could cross safely, plagues sent by God upon Egypt as punishment for their mistreatment of Jews, and numerous miracles performed by Moses himself.


Leviticus is the third book of the Pentateuch, which is in turn the first five books of the Bible. The Torah and Tanakh are two separate names for what we now call “The Old Testament.”

The Christian Old Testament is slightly different, with some books added or removed depending on your denomination.


The book of Numbers is the fourth book in the Bible. It is also known as Bamidbar in Hebrew, which means “in the desert”. The word “Bamidbar” comes from two words: bar and midbar. Bar means “in,” and midbar means “desert.”

The book of Numbers was written by Moses (Numbers 1:1; 10:28; 16:28; Deuteronomy 31:9). The Jews called him Moshe Rabbenu or Moses our teacher because he taught them about God’s laws and how to obey them (Deuteronomy 34:10).


Deuteronomy, or the fifth book of Moses, is part of the Pentateuch. It’s also called the second lawbook because it is a retelling of God’s laws and their importance to Israelites (and their descendants). The Torah contains five books: Genesis (such as Adam and Eve), Exodus (Moses leading Jews out of Egypt), Leviticus (rules for priests), Numbers (numbering all men 20 years old or older) and Deuteronomy.

The story begins with Moses writing down everything that has happened since they left Egypt until now—about 40 years. The main point is how God saved them from slavery under Pharaoh, led them through many miracles along the way, showed his love for them by providing food and water every day when they were traveling through deserts with no resources available anywhere near where they were walking at any given moment– all these things show us how much God cares about us humans even though we can’t always understand why sometimes he does things differently than we would expect him too!

In summary: The book tells what happened during those 40 years including some prophecies about what will happen in future generations such as who will rule over different nations etcetera.”


Joshua is the first book of the Bible. It is also the first book of the Old Testament, and it is part of a group of books called “The Deuteronomistic History.” The Pentateuch (or Torah) includes Genesis through Deuteronomy.

The Book of Joshua was written around 1400 years before Jesus Christ was born on earth. This was before Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were born to make up Israel’s history as we know them today.

This book tells us about how God helped Joshua conquer Canaan, an area that covered parts or all of Israel today as well as Lebanon and Syria.


The book of Judges is the first book of the minor prophets. It contains a series of stories about Israel’s history, from their conquest of Canaan to the rule of King Saul and his son, David.

This book is also part of the historical books, which tell us about different periods in history as well as important events that took place during them (such as wars).

It’s included in this section because it shares many themes with other biblical books like Joshua and Ruth: for example both include characters who are homeless but eventually find a home; both talk about loyalty between friends or family members; and finally both include an emphasis on faithfulness to God despite difficult circumstances.”


Ruth is a book of the Bible included in the third section (called “Writings”), and is one of the five books that make up what is known as “The Five Scrolls.” Ruth was written by an unknown author, sometime between 1350-1000 BC.

Ruth is the companion of Naomi, who had been widowed by her husband Elimelech. Ruth’s loyalty to Naomi is strong as she leaves Moab (her homeland) with her mother-in-law in order to return to Bethlehem where they once lived. They arrive in Bethlehem during a time when there was no harvest or food left due to famine conditions from God’s judgment on Israel for their sins. There they find shelter from Boaz, who treats them kindly and generously gives them grain for food and money for their needs during this difficult time. Ruth falls deeply in love with Boaz but does not speak about it because he has already made arrangements for another woman named Orpah—Naomi’s other daughter-in-law—to become his wife; therefore she must wait patiently until he comes back from work before she can tell him how much she loves him!

First Samuel

1 Samuel is the first book of the Old Testament, and it tells the story of King Saul and his rise to power. The main character is Samuel, who anoints Saul as king and then serves as his prophet throughout his reign. The overarching theme is that God chooses men to lead His people. But these men are not perfect; they often make mistakes as they try their best to follow God’s will while ruling over others. In addition, they must have someone nearby who can give them advice when needed—and even sometimes rebuke them when necessary. This lesson is one we should remember today: even though God has given us free will (and therefore allows us to make our own choices), He also expects us to use this gift wisely!

Second Samuel

Second Samuel is the second book of the Bible and the second book of the Old Testament. It details David’s rise as king, his struggles with Saul, and his relationship with God through prayer.

First Kings

First Kings is the first book in the second section of the Bible, known as “The Former Prophets” or “Former Kings.” The second section contains three books: First and Second Kings and Esther. These books deal with Israel’s history from approximately 850 B.C. to 586 B.C., which covers most of King Solomon’s reign (970-930 B.C.). This period also includes major events such as Jeroboam II’s 40-year reign (931-913 B.C.) and Ahab’s wars with Aram Damascus (876-853 B.C.).

Second Kings

Second Kings is a history book. It begins when Israel had fallen into sin and the people were still worshipping idols. The book describes the kings of Israel and Judah during this time, including their reigns: Joash (who was very young when he became king), Amaziah (who was very strong), Uzziah (who was very powerful), Jotham (who was very wise), Ahaz (who did evil things) and Hezekiah (who did what God wanted).

Read through the list and know there are 12 books in this category.

The Old Testament contains 39 books, which are divided into three categories: the Law (5 books), the Prophets (12 books), and the Writings (11 books). This article will take a look at those 12 books.

Before we get started, I want to point out that there is some debate about how to categorize these 12 books. They were put together in this way for convenience sake, but your particular denomination might have its own way of organizing them. For example, some people may count Ruth as part of Judges instead of as a separate book; others may count all four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) as one book; etc.

You can now read through the list and know there are 12 books in this category.

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