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Books of the Bible List (plus Free Printable)

While we often think of the Bible as simply being a single book, it is actually a collection of many different books compiled into one. Each book in the Bible has a different story to tell. And although the books themselves are in a certain order in the Bible, it isn’t in chronological order of how things actually happened in real-time.

Sometimes we can read single verses from different books in the Bible but not truly understand the context of the verse. Having a better understanding of how the books are classified can help make better sense of it all!

Below is a breakdown of all the books of the Bible and includes a really great Books of the Bible printable to help you keep track of it all during your study time.

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How Many Books of the Bible Are There

There are a total of 66 books of the Bible. These are broken down into two segments called the Old Testament and the New Testament.

Books of the Bible List- Old Testament

How many books are in the Old Testament?

There are a total of 39 books in the Old Testament. They begin with the creation of Earth and everything on it and cover the early history of the Jewish people (Israelites). It is about everything before the birth of Jesus but includes a lot of prophecy of the coming Messiah.

  1. Genesis
  2. Exodus
  3. Leviticus
  4. Numbers
  5. Deuteronomy
  6. Joshua
  7. Judges
  8. Ruth
  9. 1 Samuel
  10. 2 Samuel
  11. 1 Kings
  12. 2 Kings
  13. 1 Chronicles
  14. 2 Chronicles
  15. Ezra
  16. Nehemiah
  17. Esther
  18. Job
  19. Psalms
  20. Proverbs
  21. Ecclesiastes
  22. The Song of Solomon
  23. Isaiah
  24. Jeremiah
  25. Lamentations
  26. Ezekiel
  27. Daniel
  28. Hosea
  29. Joel
  30. Amos
  31. Obadiah
  32. Jonah
  33. Micah
  34. Nahum
  35. Habakkuk
  36. Zephaniah
  37. Haggai
  38. Zechariah
  39. Malachi

Books of the Bible List – New Testament

How many books are in the New Testament?

There are a total of 27 books in the New Testament. These begin with the Gospels which cover the birth of Jesus along with his death and resurrection. The New Testament books are focused on the new covenant that is created with Jesus dies for our sins on the cross.

  1. Matthew
  2. Mark
  3. Luke
  4. John
  5. Acts
  6. Romans
  7. 1 Corinthians
  8. 2 Corinthians
  9. Galatians
  10. Ephesians
  11. Philippians
  12. Colossians
  13. 1 Thessalonians
  14. 2 Thessalonians
  15. 1 Timothy
  16. 2 Timothy
  17. Titus
  18. Philemon
  19. Hebrews
  20. James
  21. 1 Peter
  22. 2 Peter
  23. 1 John
  24. 2 John
  25. 3 John
  26. Jude
  27. Revelation

What Are the Different Types of Books in the Bible

One really interesting thing to understand when studying the Bible is to understand the background of each book. Each book from the Old Testament and from the New Testament can be “organized” by content/purpose.

Old Testament Books of the Bible

The Old Testament books can be organized into 5 sections which include: Law, History, Poetry, Major Prophets, and Minor Prophets.

Books of the Bible – Law (Pentateuch)

These are the first 5 books in the Bible and were written by Moses. They are also called the books of Law or Pentateuch.

  1. Genesis
  2. Exodus
  3. Leviticus
  4. Numbers
  5. Deuteronomy

Books of the Old Testament – History

There are 12 books in the Old Testament that cover the history of the Israelites.

  1. Joshua
  2. Judges
  3. Ruth
  4. 1 Samuel
  5. 2 Samuel
  6. 1 Kings
  7. 2 Kings
  8. 1 Chronicles
  9. 2 Chronicles
  10. Ezra
  11. Nehemiah
  12. Esther

Books of the Old Testament – Poetry

There are five poetry books in the Bible. While the previous books covered Israelite history, these are considered a transition into books about the major and minor prophets.

  • Job
  • Psalms
  • Proverbs
  • Ecclesiastes
  • The Song of Solomon

Books of the Old Testament – Major Prophets

There are a total of 5 books of the Major Prophets in the Old Testament.

  1. Isaiah
  2. Jeremiah
  3. Lamentations
  4. Ezekiel
  5. Daniel

Books of the Old Testament – Minor Prophets

There are 12 books of the Minor Prophets in the Old Testament.

  1. Hosea
  2. Joel
  3. Amos
  4. Obadiah
  5. Jonah
  6. Micah
  7. Nahum
  8. Habakkuk
  9. Zephaniah
  10. Haggai
  11. Zechariah
  12. Malachi

New Testament Books of the Bible

The New Testament books of the Bible are organized into 4 main sections: The Gospels, History, The Epistles, and the Prophecy.

Books of the New Testament – Gospels

The 4 Gospels are the stories of the life of Jesus while he was on Earth.

  1. Matthew
  2. Mark
  3. Luke
  4. John

Books of the New Testament – History

The Book of Acts covers the important period in Christian history between the resurrection of Jesus and the death of the apostle Paul, the time when Christian ideas and beliefs were being formulated, and when the organization of the church into a worldwide movement was being developed.

Books of the New Testament – Epistles

The Epistles refers to the books of the Bible that are mostly letters written by Paul and other apostles to churches or individuals.

  1. Romans
  2. 1 Corinthians
  3. 2 Corinthians
  4. Galatians
  5. Ephesians
  6. Philippians
  7. Colossians
  8. 1 Thessalonians
  9. 2 Thessalonians
  10. 1 Timothy
  11. 2 Timothy
  12. Titus
  13. Philemon
  14. Hebrews
  15. James
  16. 1 Peter
  17. 2 Peter
  18. 1 John
  19. 2 John
  20. 3 John
  21. Jude

Books of the New Testament – Prophecy

The Book of Revelation is the final book of Bible. It lays out the visions given to John about the end of times and what it will look like when Jesus returns to Earth.

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Free Printable Books of the Bible List PDF

To make it easier to learn and remember the breakdown of all the Books of the Bible, I’ve created this handy Books of the Bible pdf. It includes:

  • 1 page with all 66 books listed
  • 1 page with just Old Testament
  • 1 page with just New Testament

There you have it! A breakdown of all 66 books of the Bible!

Now, as you read through each book or verse, you’ll have a little better understanding of the context for what you are reading!

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