Books of the Bible: Old and New Testaments

Watch short 2-minute videos, study detailed charts, and read outlines and overviews.Learn what every book teaches us.***Downloadable Biblical Timeline Below*** Pentateuch Overview Genesis Exodus Leviticus Numbers Deuteronomy Joshua Judges Ruth 1 Samuel 2 Samuel 1...

Genesis Overview and Outline

We need your help. Please consider supporting Reasons for Hope*Jesus AUTHOR: Moses  DATE: 1450-1410 B.C.  Genesis means “origin” and thus is the perfect title for the book that records the origins of all human history.  Genesis is a real-life history...

The Five Books of Moses

The Five Books of Moses make up the Pentateuch. The word Pentateuch comes from two Greek words that mean “five books” or “five scrolls. The books tell of history from the beginning of time, with the creation of the world, to the death of Moses. The...

Exodus Overview and Outline

We need your help. Please consider supporting Reasons for Hope*Jesus AUTHOR: Moses    DATE: 1450-1410 B.C. The Hebrew title of the book is “The Names,” taken from the first verse, “these are the names of…” The English title is Exodus, which means ”way...

Leviticus Overview and Outline

We need your help. Please consider supporting Reasons for Hope*Jesus AUTHOR: Moses  DATE: 1450-1410 B.C.  The English title of this book means “pertaining to the Levites.” The book is records practices for the priests (who were from the tribe of Levi) and...

Numbers Overview and Outline

We need your help. Please consider supporting Reasons for Hope*Jesus AUTHOR: Moses DATE: 1450-1410 B.C. The Hebrew title of the book means “in the wilderness of.” Most of the book records the history of the Israelites as they wandered for 40 years in the...

Deuteronomy Overview and Outline

We need your help. Please consider supporting Reasons for Hope*Jesus AUTHOR: Moses DATE: 1410 B.C. The Hebrew title of this book is taken from the opening phrase Eleh ha-devarim, “These are the words…” The English title “Deuteronomy”...

Joshua Overview and Outline

We need your help. Please consider supporting Reasons for Hope*Jesus AUTHOR: Joshua DATE: 1400-1370 B.C. While Joshua is identified as the author of this book (24:1-26), there are a few sections (15:13-17, 24:29-31) that must have been written by another. It’s...

Judges Overview and Outline

We need your help. Please consider supporting Reasons for Hope*Jesus AUTHOR: Anonymous DATE: 1050-1000 B.C. The events of this book cover the turbulent period in Israel’s history from the conquest of Palestine to the beginnings of the monarchy (circa 1380 to...

Ruth Overview and Outline

We need your help. Please consider supporting Reasons for Hope*Jesus AUTHOR: Uncertain DATE: ca. 1000 B.C. The author is unknown, though Samuel is suggested by some. The events of the book of Ruth took place during the period of the judges (latter part of the 12th...

1 Samuel Overview and Outline

We need your help. Please consider supporting Reasons for Hope*Jesus AUTHORS: Samuel and others DATE: 930 B.C. and later The two books of Samuel are named for the key figure of the early chapters, the prophet Samuel.  Samuel’s authorship of a book is attested to...

2 Samuel Overview and Outline

We need your help. Please consider supporting Reasons for Hope*Jesus AUTHORS: Samuel and others DATE: 930 B.C. and later In the Hebrew Bible, 1 and 2 Samuel are a single book. On matters of authorship, date, and background, see 1 Samuel Overview and Outline. First...

1 Chronicles Overview and Outline

We need your help. Please consider supporting Reasons for Hope*Jesus AUTHOR: Ezra DATE: 450-425 B.C. The books of 1 and 2 Chronicles were originally one book until 180 B.C.  The Hebrew title for the books means “the words (affairs) of the days” and...

2 Chronicles Overview and Outline

We need your help. Please consider supporting Reasons for Hope*Jesus AUTHOR: Ezra DATE: 450-425 B.C. The books of 1 and 2 Chronicles were originally one book until 180 B.C.  The Hebrew title for the books means “the words (affairs) of the days” and...

1 Kings Overview and Outline

We need your help. Please consider supporting Reasons for Hope*Jesus AUTHOR: Jeremiah DATE: ca. 550 B.C. Originally one book, 1 and 2 Kings get their names from the fact that they present the history of the kings of Israel. The book begins with the death of King...

2 Kings Overview and Outline

We need your help. Please consider supporting Reasons for Hope*Jesus AUTHOR: Jeremiah DATE: ca. 550 B.C. Originally one book, 1 and 2 Kings get their names from the fact that they present the history of the kings of Israel. The book begins with the death of King...

Ezra Overview and Outline

We need your help. Please consider supporting Reasons for Hope*Jesus AUTHOR: Ezra DATE: 450-444 B.C. The book is named after its principal character, Ezra, although Ezra is not mentioned in the book as the author. It is, however, believed that Ezra did write that book...

Nehemiah Overview and Outline

We need your help. Please consider supporting Reasons for Hope*Jesus AUTHOR: Nehemiah DATE 445-425 B.C. As cupbearer to King Artaxerxes I, Nehemiah’s position was one of great honor and responsibility. Significant duties included certifying that none of the wine...

Esther Overview and Outline

We need your help. Please consider supporting Reasons for Hope*Jesus AUTHOR: Uncertain DATE: 465 B.C. We do not know who wrote the book of Esther, but it is believed that the author was a Jew (Jewish nationalism is clear in the book).  The author recorded details of...

Job Overview and Outline

We need your help. Please consider supporting Reasons for Hope*Jesus AUTHOR: Unknown (perhaps Job himself, Elihu, Moses, or Solomon) DATE: Uncertain.  Thought to be the oldest book.  While we do not know who wrote this book, it is titled for the central character,...
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