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Books of the Bible

All the books in the bible listed as they appear in the King James Version

Old Testament Books

The canonical books of the old testament as they appear in the King James Version of the bible.

Genesis - From the creation to Egypt. Adam and Eve, Noah's Ark, Tower of Babel, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob

Exodus - From Egypt to Mount Sinai. Moses, Getting our of Egypt, Mount Sinai, The Law and the Convenant, The Tabernacle

Leviticus - Rules and Regulations. Priestly code, offerings, circumcision, Holiness Code, "Love one's neighbor as oneself", Abominations

Numbers - From Mount Sinai to Jordan/Moab. Numbering of the People, Spies into Canaan, Murmurings of the people, The Brazen Serpent, Miriam is punished with leprosy.

Deuteronomy - Renewing of the Covenant on the Plains of Moab. Detailed restatement on the law, The death of Moses, Joshua appointed Leader of Israel

Joshua - From the death of Moses through conquest of the land to the death of Joshua. Walking through the Jordan River, The Battle of Jericho, The Ambush on Ai.

Judges - Describes the period when Judges ruled Israel before Samuel. The rule of the Judges Othniel, Ehud, Shamgar, Deborah, Gideon, Tola, Jair, Jephthah, Ibzan, Elon, Abdon and Samson. Micah and his Idols. A Levite and his concubine.

Ruth - The life of Ruth, a Moabite woman who through marriage with an Israelite that later dies get's an inheritance in Israel and becomes an ancestor of David.

1 Samuel - From the Birth of Samuel to the Death of King Saul. Samuels Birth and Calling. Saul made the first King of Israel. Saul's Fall from Gods blessing. David is anointed and flees Saul. Davids hiding places. Saul is Killed. Saul meets the Witch of Endor.

2 Samuel - The reign of David as King. David becomes king first over Judah, then over all Israel. The ark is brought to Jerusalem, Davids victories and defeats, Davids adultery with Bathsheba.

1 Kings - From Solomon until the division of the Kingdom. David is dying and Solomon made King. Solomon builds the Temple in Jerusalem. Elijah.

2 Kings - The Kings of Israel and Juda until the deportion of the people to Babylon. The prophet Elisha, Jehu, Jezebel, Naaman is cured from leprosy.

The Books of Chronicles - The books of Chronicles is a single book that describes the same time period as I-II Samuel and I-II Kings. It was divided into two separate books, I and II Chronicles, by the Septuagint and is thus divided in most modern bibles

1 Chronicles - Genealogical lists as well as the reign of Saul and David.

2 Chronicles - The reign of Solomon and then the Kings of Judah until the Babylonian exile.

Ezra - Describes the end of the Babylonian captivity and the return to Jerusalem with the reconstruction of the temple.

Nehemiah - The rebulding of the walls of Jerusalem after the Babylonian captivity by Nehmiah, an Israelite serving in the palace of the Persian king.

Esther - The story about a Jewish woman Esther who becomes queen to the Persian king Ahasuerus (Artaxerxes) letting her stop the extermination of the Jewish population planned by prime minister Haman.

Job - The story about Job a righteous and wealthy man that is tried by Satan losing his wealth and children. After long discussions with three of his friends about God, evil and the fairness of life in the end of the book he is restored by God to his past wealth.

Psalms - A collection of 150 songs by ten ancient composers probably compiled by David. Songs by Adam, Moses, David, Jeduthun, Asaph, sons of Korah, Heman the Ezrahite and Ethan the Ezrahite.

Proverbs - A collection of proverbs written mainly by king Solomon. Instructions for a successful life.

Ecclesiastes (Qoheleth) - Philosophical thoughs (rants) mainly revolving around how meaningless life is when we are going to die anyway. Author is named Qohelet but is thought to be king Solomon. The phrase "This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind." is repeated many times throughout the book.

Canticles (Song of Solomon, Song of Songs) - A love poem about the realationship between a man and a woman from courtship to consummation. Considered by some as a sybolic representation of the relationship between God and the Church.

Isaiah - The life and prophesies of the prophet Isaiah who lived in the second half of the 8th century BC.

Jeremiah - The life and prophesies of the prophet Jeremiah including the destruction of Solomon's temple and the fall of the Kingdom of Judah to the Babylonians.

Lamentations - Five poems lamenting the destruction of Jerusalem and the exile of the people to Babylon. The author is not known but is though to be the prophet Jeremiah.

Ezekiel - The prophesies of the prophet Ezekiel living with the exiled Jews in Babylon during the sixth century BC. The Chariot Vision and the Vision of The New Temple among others.

Daniel - The life and prophesies of Daniel, an Israelite becoming adviser to the Babyloian ruler Nebuchadnezzar during the exile of the Israelites to Babylon.

Hosea - The prophesies of Hosea, one of the "minor prophets", during the decline of the Norhern Kingdom in the 8th century BC.

Joel - The prophet Joel's prophesies comparing an invasion of locusts to the invasion of an army and promise of future blessings.

Amos - A prophet during the reign of Jeroboam II, around 750BC, Amos message was of social justice, God's omnipotence and divine judgement.

Obadiah - The shortest book in the bible with the prophesy of Obadiah about the total destruction of the people of Edom.

Jonah - The well known prophet Jonah that was sent by God to Nineveh but who fled to sea, was thrown overboard, swallowed by a big fish and after three days vomited up on land to continue to Nineveh.

Micah - Micah was a prophet during the time of king Ahaz and king Hezekiah of Judah and prophesied doom because of curruption in the society.

Nahum - Nahum is a prophet that is though to have lived somewhere between 740 BC abd 612 BC. He proclaimed doom over Nineveh the capital of the mighty Assyrian empire.

Habakkuk - The prophet Habakkuk, one of the 12 minor prophets, proclaimed that God would punish Judah for their sins through the Caldeans.

Zephaniah - The prophet Zepaniah was a contemporary of Jeremiah and gave a prophecy of judgement over Judah if they didn't turn back to Yahweh their god.

Haggai - The prophesies of the prophet Haggai urging the people to rebuild the Temple after the Babylonian captivity.

Zechariah - A contemporary of Haggai, Zechariah wrote this book 520-518BC urging the people to rebuild the temple following the babylonian captivity. The book also cantains prophecy about the coming Messiah and about the glories that is planned for Israel in "the latter day".

Malachi - Malachi, positioned in time between Haggai and Zechariah, delivers prophecy condemning the people of Judah for not living up to their covenant with YHWH their God. Condemned is divorce, inferior offerings in the temple and failing to offer full tithes. There's also prophecy of the return of Elijah before the "Day of the Lord".

New Testament Books

The canonical books of the New Testament as they appear in the King James Version of the bible.

Matthew -






1 Corinthians

2 Corinthians





1 Thessalonians

2 Thessalonians

1 Timothy

2 Timothy





1 Peter

2 Peter

1 John

2 John

3 John



Apocrypha: King James Bible

The biblical apocrypha is books that was read by the early christian church but that later was deemed not suitable to base doctrin on by the church.

Additions to Daniel (Apocrypha)

Judith (Apocrypha)

Esdras (Apocrypha)

Additions to Esther (Apocrypha)

Susanna (Apocrypha)

1 Maccabees (Apocrypha)

2 Maccabees (Apocrypha)

4 Ezra (Apocrypha)

Prayer of Manassheh (Apocrypha)

Sirach (Apocrypha)

Wisdom of Solomon (Apocrypha)

Baruch (including the Epistle of Jeremiah) (Apocrypha)

Tobit (Apocrypha)

Bel (Apocrypha)

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