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Understand the different parts of the Bible!

Introduction to the Bible.

The Bible consists of two major parts, the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament contains 39 books, while the New Testament contains 27 books.

Outline: Old Testament

Outline: New Testament

  • The Law (Pentateuch)
    1. Genesis
    2. Exodus
    3. Leviticus
    4. Numbers
    5. Deuteronomy
  • History
    1. Joshua
    2. Judges
    3. Ruth
    4. I Samuel
    5. II Samuel
    6. I Kings
    7. II Kings
    8. I Chronicles
    9. II Chronicles
    10. Ezra
    11. Nehemiah
    12. Esther
  • Poetry
    1. Job
    2. Psalms
    3. Proverbs
    4. Ecclesiastes
    5. Song of Solomon
  • Prophets
    • Major
      1. Isaiah
      2. Jeremiah
      3. Lamentations
      4. Ezekiel
      5. Daniel
    • Minor
      1. Hosea
      2. Joel
      3. Amos
      4. Obadiah
      5. Jonah
      6. Micah
      7. Nahum
      8. Habakkuk
      9. Zephaniah
      10. Haggai
      11. Zechariah
      12. Malachi
  • Gospels
    1. Matthew
    2. Mark
    3. Luke
    4. John
  • History
    1. Acts of the Apostles
  • Epistles
    • Paul's Letters
      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
    • Other Letters
      1. Hebrews
      2. James
      3. 1 Peter
      4. 2 Peter
      5. 1 John
      6. 2 John
      7. 3 John
      8. Jude
  • Prophecy
    1. Revelation

Poem Summary: Old Testament

  • In Genesis the world was made by God's creative hand;
  • In Exodus the Hebrews marched to gain the promised land;
  • Leviticus contains the Law, holy and just and good;
  • Numbers records the tribes enrolled-all sons of Abraham's blood.
  • Moses in Deuteronomy records God's mighty deeds
  • Brave Joshua into Canaan's land the host of Israel leads.
  • In Judges their rebellion oft provoked the Lord to smite,
  • But Ruth records the faith of one well-pleasing in his sight.
  • In First and Second Samuel of Jesse's son we read:
  • Ten tribes in First and Second Kings revolted from his seed.
  • Next, First and Second Chronicles see Judah captive made,
  • But Ezra heads a remnant back by princely Cyrus' aid.
  • The city walls of Zion Nehemiah builds again;
  • While Esther saves her people from plots of wicked men.
  • In Job we read how faith will live beneath affliction's rod,
  • And in the Psalms are precious songs to every child of God,
  • The Proverbs, like a goodly string of choicest pearls, appear.
  • Ecclesiastes teaches man how vain are all things here.
  • The mystic Song of Solomon exalts sweet Sharon's Rose:
  • Whilst Christ the Saviour and the King the 'rapt Isaiah' shows.
  • The warning Jeremiah apostate Israel scorns;
  • His plaintive Lamentations their awful downfall mourns.
  • Ezekiel tells in wondrous words of dazzling mysteries;
  • And kings and empires yet to come, Daniel in vision sees.
  • Of judgement and of mercy Hosea loves to tell;
  • Joel describes the blessed days when God with man will dwell
  • Among Tekoa's herdsmen Amos received his call,
  • And Obadiah prophesies of Edom's final fall.
  • Jonah enshrines a wondrous type of Christ our risen Lord;
  • Micah pronounces Judah lost-lost, but again restored.
  • Nahum declared on Nineveh just judgement shall be poured.
  • A view of Chaldea's coming doom Habakkuk's viions give;
  • Next Zephaniah warns the Jews to turn, repent and live.
  • Haggai wrote to those who saw the temple built again,
  • And Zechariah prophesied of Christ's triumphant reign.
  • Malachi was the last who touched the high prophetic chord
  • Whose final notes sublimely show the coming of the Lord.

Poem Summary: New Testament

  • Matthew and Mark and Luke and John the holy Gospels wrote,
  • Describing how the Saviour died-his life and what he taught.
  • Acts proves how God the Apostles owned with signs in every place.
  • St Paul in Romans teaches us how mean is saved by grace.
  • Th'apostle in Corinthians instructs, exhorts, reproves;
  • Galatians shows that faith in Christ alone, the Father loves.
  • Ephesians and Philippians tell what Christians ought to be.
  • Colossians bids us live to God and for eternity,
  • In Thessalonians we are taught the Lord will come from heaven.
  • In Timothy and Titus a bishop's rule is given.
  • Philemon markes a Christian's love which only Christians know.
  • Hebrews reveals the Gospel as prefigured by the Law.
  • St James insists that without deeds faith is but vain and dead:
  • And Peter points the narrow way in which the saints are led.
  • St John in his epistles on love delights to dwell,
  • And Jude gives awful warning of judgement, wrath and hell.
  • The Revelation prophesies of that tremendous day
  • When Christ, and Christ alone, shall be the trembling sinner's stay.

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