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What the Bible is all about
Jeremiah 333   Ministries
Michael Glass
The Bible       66 Books
The Old Testament      39 Books
The New Testament     27 Books
Law
5 Books
History
12 Books
Poetry
5 Books
Prophecy
17 Books
History/
Gospels
5 Books
Paul's Epistles
14 Books
Other
Epistles
7 Books
Prophecy
1 Book
Genesis
Exodus
Leviticus
Numbers
Deuteronomy
Joshua
Judges
Ruth
1 Samuel
2 Samuel
1 Kings
2 Kings
1 Chronicles
2 Chronicles
Ezra
Nehemiah
Esther
Job
Psalms
Proverbs
Ecclesiastes
Song of Solomon
Isaiah
Jeremiah
Lamentations
Ezekiel
Daniel
Hosea
Joel
Amos
Obadiah
Jonah
Micah
Nahum
Habakkuk
Zephaniah
Haggai
Zechariah
Malachi
Matthew
Mark
Luke
John
Acts
Romans
1 Corinthians
2 Corinthians
Galatians
Ephesians
Philippians
Colossians
1 Thessalonians
2 Thessalonians
1 Timothy
2 Timothy
Titus
Philemon
Hebrews
James
1 Peter
2 Peter
1 John
2 John
3 John
Jude
Revelation
           The word 'Bible' is from the Greek word Biblia, meaning 'Books."  It is named that because the Bible is not just a single
    book, but a collection of books.  There are 2 main elements of the Bible: the Old Testament, consisting of 39 books, and the
    New Testament, consisting of 27 books, for a total of 66 books in the entire Bible.  The Old Testament covers the period of
    time from the creation of the Universe up to about 400 years before Christ.  The New Testament covers the period of time
    from the birth of Jesus Christ to the years after he lived as a man on earth.

           The Bible is a fascinating book in that it contains ancient history, sociology, law, philosophy, religious doctrine, poetry
    and prophetic writings, yet it can also be understood by a child.  The Bible was written by 40 different authors from all walks of
    life: Jews and Gentiles, from kings and political figures, to religious leaders, to farmers, fishermen and peasants.  It was
    written over a period of approximately 1600 years and on 3 different continents (Europe, Africa and Asia).  Even though the
    Bible is undoubtedly the most diverse book ever written, it has an amazing unity in its spirit and message all the way through.

           The Bible is God's handbook to us containing everything we need to know about Him, as well as how to have a proper
    relationship with Him: what he likes and dislikes, and what he requires of anyone who wishes to know Him.

           Below is a chart outlining an overview of the Bible, and what it contains:

The Bible may seem like an intimidating book to read, but it really isn't.  Let's break it down and see that it's not all that bad.  The Bible
contains 1189 chapters, which may sound like a lot, but unlike most books or novels, the average chapter in the Bible is only about one
single page in length.  Since there are 66 books in the Bible, the average book is 18 chapters, or only 18 pages, however many are even
less than that. Here are some interesting facts about Bible chapters:

  • There are 929 chapters in the Old Testament, and 260 chapters in the New Testament
  • The longest book is Psalms, 150 chapters
  • The 5 shortest Books: Obadiah, Philemon, 2 John, 3 John and Jude, each have just 1 chapter
  • Of 66 books, only 7 have 40 chapters or more
  • If you read just these 7 longest books, (Psalms, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Genesis, Ezekiel, Job and Exodus), that's only 10% of the
    number of books in the Bible, but it accounts for over 1/3 of the volume of the entire Bible, 448 chapters.
  • Of 66 books, almost half of them, 32 to be exact, have just 10 chapters or less
  • Of 66 Books, over 1/3 of them, 24 have only 5 chapters or less
  • Of 66 books, 5 of them have only a single chapter
  • The 2 longest books of the New Testament, Matthew and Acts, have only 28 chapters each
  • 22 of the 27 books of the New Testament have just 16 chapters or less
  • Reading the entire New Testament is only 1/5th of the whole Bible
  • You only have to read slightly more than just 3 chapters, or 3 pages a day to read through the Bible in 1 year
  • If you read just 13 chapters, or about 13 pages a day, you can read the whole Bible in just 90 days or 4 times a year
  • Reading the whole Bible out loud only takes 70 hours. That means if you had a regular 9-5 Monday-Friday job and you read the
    bible while at your desk, starting on a Monday morning, you would finish before the end of the day on Thursday of the next week,
    just 9 days later, if your coworkers didn't gag you and lock you in the closet or you didn't get fired first!

So now that we look at the Bible like this, hopefully it makes it much less intimidating to get into it, read it and understand it.

I created a spreadsheet to function as a Bible-reading chart, with one box for each chapter of the Bible, that you may open and print out
for your own use.  Click the link below, and if you notice on this sheet, only the unshaded, white boxes represent chapters of the Bible.  
When you look at it, there doesn't really seem to be that many chapters at all to read the whole Bible. Give it a try!

CLICK HERE TO VIEW AND PRINT A BIBLE-READING CHART.

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A book-by-book overview of the Bible and its contents
                                    OLD TESTAMENT
Book                    Chapters
Themes
Overview
Genesis
50
Origins, creation, God's continual presence in history, in both the
good and the bad
Account of the creation of the world, origin of man, the fall of man from God's presence,
God's everlasting covenant with the patriarchs of the Hebrew people: Abraham, Isaac and
Jacob.
Exodus
40
Deliverance, God's reality and power
God's deliverance of the Hebrew people from slavery in Egypt through the 10 plagues, the
parting of the Red Sea, and the journey toward the promised land.
Leviticus
27
Holiness, The way to God, the walk with God
God lays out His standards of holiness through the law, the design of the temple, religious
ceremonies & practices, and what he requires of those who would be His people and
representatives.
Numbers
36
Blessings for obedience, consequences for disobedience. God as
a parent through all the good and bad of children
Accounts during the time of the 40 year wandering in the wilderness because of unbelief
and disobedience that prevented the rebellious generation from entering the promised land.
Deuteronomy
34
Law, principles for right living, God's great love for His people
A re-affirmation of God's laws, standards and covenant to the new generation that replaced
the rebellious one on the brink of entering the promised land.
Joshua
24
Leadership, fulfillment and realization of God's promises
Accounts of Joshua's leadership of the nation of Israel after he succeeds Moses, and
Israel's conquests and possession of the promised land.
Judges
21
Consequences, forgiveness, restoration
After Joshua, the history of Israel for about 480 years repeating a cycle of turning away from
God, experiencing adverse circumstances, crying out to God, and God's perpetual mercy,
deliverance and restoration.
Ruth
4
Providence, loyalty, how salvation is by choice rather than birth or
ritual
Ruth is a poor gentile widow who remains loyal to her mother-in-law, gets noticed by and
marries a prominent Jew, obtains an estate, and becomes the great-grandmother of King
David and an ancestor of the Messiah, Jesus.
1 Samuel
31
Implications of choosing to rule our own lives instead of submission
to God's leadership
Beginning of the Kingship of Israel with Saul and David, after the nation rejects God as king.
How prophets and kings functioned as religious and political leaders.
2 Samuel
24
How God deals with dedicated servants as well as sinful imperfect
men
The life and reign of King David, including his great triumphs and victories as well as his
flaws and failures, and God's hand in the good and bad
1 Kings
22
How unfaithfulness to God brings adverse circumstances while
faithfulness brings great blessings
The history of the division of Israel into the northern & southern kingdoms, and all their
kings, until the conquest by Babylon because of their unfaithfulness to God
2 Kings
25
1 Chronicles
29
Affirmation that God is always present and always ready to forgive
and restore
Re-telling of the history of the books of Kings, but with more emphasis on prophetic
ministry, and affirming the importance of God's covenant
2 Chronicles
36
Ezra
10
Rededication & consecration
Ezra leads the people to return to Israel after exile, rebuild the temple of God after it was
destroyed by the Babylonians, revival and spiritual reawakening
Nehemiah
13
Restoration, leadership
Nehemiah leads the people to rebuild the destroyed walls of Jerusalem. Principles of
leadership, accountability, protection.
Esther
10
Divine intervention & protection
How a simple peasant Jewess rises to become Queen of Persia and singlehandedly saves
the entire Jewish nation from an evil plot to destroy them.
Job
42
How God can allow suffering, especially to the righteous
Account of how God allows Satan to torment  a righteous man, how his friends fail to give
adequate comfort and perspective in his suffering. When bad things happen to good people
there is not always an adequate explanation.
Psalms
150
Expression of all types of emotions
Writings of various authors describing the entire spectrum of human emotions, from highest
praise to the lowest sorrow, despair, anger and discouragement.
Proverbs
31
Wisdom
Pearls of spiritual wisdom written by King Solomon, noted as the wisest man who ever
lived, through his everyday observations.
Ecclesiastes
12
Perspective in disillusionment, the limits of human wisdom vs
God's wisdom
A follow-up to Proverbs presumably by Solomon, illustrates the limits and futility of human
wisdom compared to God's infinite purposes
Song of Solomon
8
Romance and sexual intimacy as an expression of healthy love
A prophetic picture of God and His bride (us), how he pursues us, romances us and
prepares us to become his, and our response to His affections.
Isaiah
66
God's displeasure with sin, consequences of disobedience, yet
mercy and compassion even in judgment
Warnings during the decline of Israel and the rise of Assyria, prophesies against many
surrounding nations
Jeremiah
52
Sharp warnings against false prophets who enabled people to
remain in sin by false hope and comfort that God will not punish
people
Called "the weeping prophet," shows expressions of deep sorrow over his own people's
rejection of God and their impending disaster, and is abused for it
Lamentations
5
Expression of Godly concern and sorrow, and affirmation of God's
goodness in discipline
Probably by Jeremiah, expressing his deep sorrow over his own people's rejection of God
and the subsequent discipline and loss of intimacy with Him.
Ezekiel
48
God's discipline is as severe as we need it to be, but no matter how
harsh, He always restores with mercy
God's sovereignty and holiness is strongly emphasized. God does what he does to show
that "then they will know that I am the Lord," a phrase that occurs 65 times throughout the
book
Daniel
12
God's miraculous manifestations in the lives of Believers
demonstrates His sovereignty and supremacy to all forms of
spirituality
Several accounts of how God continually and miraculously manifests in the lives of those
who are committed to Him, with divine protection, blessing and rewards, even in periods of
distance from God (the exile).
Hosea
14
The faithfulness of God even when His people are being unfaithful
to Him. Grace and mercy.
Israel was unfaithful to her God, God still wanted to be her husband.
Joel
3
A call to repentance, warning of discipline, and promise of
restoration
A warning of impending judgment on "the Day of the Lord," punishment and restoration in
latter days
Amos
9
Social justice and true religious piety
An exhortation to all people that form of religion is meaningless without a corresponding
heartfelt sincerity, and living according to its true meaning. A condemnation for hypocrisy,
oppressing the innocent and perverting justice.
Obadiah
1
Rebuke for pride, false security, and failing to offer assistance.
Prophecy against Edom, descendant from Esau, for failing to assist Israel against her
enemies, gloating over her foreign conquests and their false security.
Jonah
4
God's love for the lost and pursuit of the rebellious. Handling
resentment when the undeserving are blessed.
How God offers His presence and blessings to anyone and everyone, even Israel's
arch-enemy, Assyria. Also how he continually pursues and nudges those who become
rebellious and disobedient, continuing to guide and speak to them.
Micah
7
Consequences for actions, good and bad. Mercy in judgment
Oracles alternating between judgment and mercy. God will destroy idolatry and rebellion,
but will forgive and bless repentance. Promise of future blessing.
Nahum
3
Even those not in a covenant relationship with God are held
accountable for their actions
Prophesies the destruction of Nineveh, the capital of arch-enemy Assyria (the subject of
mercy in Jonah), for idolatry, oppression and cruelty.
Habakkuk
3
God allows us to question His ways, even argue with Him, and
freely offers us perspective and understanding.
Warns of the coming Babylonian invasion for unfaithfulness. A dialogue between the
prophet and God over the fairness and justice of God's ways, and resolution.
Zephaniah
3
God's love has limits: our obedience. Rebellion and idolatry brings
destruction, while repentance brings prosperity and peace.
Like Joel, tells of the coming "Day of the Lord." Judgments on various nations as well as
Judah for unfaithfulness, yet promises eventual restoration.
Haggai
1
Confronting the presumptuous. Loss of prosperity is directly related
to failing to have God as our first priority.
After the exile, rebukes and encourages people to rebuild the destroyed temple, symbolic of
our relationship with God. People cannot selfishly build their own houses while neglecting
the house of God and expect God to bless them.
Zechariah
14
God's discipline is meant to correct bad thoughts and behavior, He
wounds, but He also heals and restores us.
Very similar message as Haggai: to rebuild the destroyed temple, our relationship with our
God. God invites people of all nations to become His.
Malachi
4
How we fall into discouragement, defilement and hopelessness
when the promises of God are not fulfilled to our expectation, and
godly leadership is lacking.
After Nehemiah returned to Persia, prophesies against the Israelites returned from exile
who lost sight of the true meaning of their worship and ritual, becoming impatient,  
complacent, and defiled by intermarrying, neglecting the temple, the poor and social
injustice.
                                               NEW TESTAMENT
Matthew
28
Jesus as the Messiah, the King of the Jews
Written primarily for Jews, Jesus is the promised Messiah & King of the Jews, and fulfilled
many of the (OT) scriptures, citing more than the other Gospels. Emphasis on Jesus' words
and teachings.
Mark
16
Jesus as the humble servant of God
Written primarily for Gentiles and Romans, those not acquainted with religion/law.
Emphasis on what Jesus did, particularly His miracles and servanthood.
Luke
24
Jesus as the Son of man
Written primarily for Greeks and the more affluent of society. Emphasis on history and
Jesus' humanity, being both God and man.
John
21
Jesus as the Son of God
Written for anyone and everyone. Emphasis on doctrine and theology, the basis of Salvation
and the principles of Jesus' teaching as confirmed by Jesus' miracles.
Acts
28
God's miraculous manifestations. God is real and is to be both
heard as well as experienced.
Accounts of how God manifested in the lives of the early church and through the lives of the
apostles and disciples of Jesus.
Romans
16
The doctrine of Salvation by faith
Salvation is to be understood as both a point and a line, a lifetime  experience. Explains the
roles of Jews and Gentiles in God's salvation plan and kingdom.
1 Corinthians
16
Addresses the importance of purity in religion. Impurity and
immorality can unfortunately coexist amidst gifted spirituality.
The Corinthian church was gifted by God, but allowed sexual immorality to pollute and defile
their religion. This book addresses the immorality, factions, religious impurity, false
teaching about the resurrection, and concern for the poor.
2 Corinthians
13
Hardships, false accusation, suffering for righteousness are all a
reality of Christianity, but God is present throughout anything we
suffer.
Paul deals with false teachers, those who challenge his apostolic authority, and exhorts
them to remember and provide for the poor.
Galatians
6
Salvation is only by faith, not by observance of religious law & ritual
An apologetic against Judaizers, legalistic Jews who claimed that Christian conversion
required strict observance to all Jewish law and practice
Ephesians
6
Salvation is by faith, not works or good deeds. God empowers all
believers with supernatural giftings to carry out His purposes
Paul seeks to expand the horizons of believers, explaining God's spiritual and eternal
purposes for His people, and how he mightily gifts and empowers every one of them to be
all they can be as His children to attain perfect unity
Philippians
4
Encouragement in the faith
Expression of thankfulness in religious service & generosity, encouragement in the face of
hardship and persecution, exhortation to humility and unity.
Colossians
4
The adequacy of Jesus in contrast to the emptiness of human
philosophy
Jesus is shown to be superior to ceremonialism, angel worship, 'secret knowledge,' and
human wisdom & philosophy, which polluted the church
1 Thessalonians
5
Hope of Jesus' return, strength in trials
New converts to Christianity began to experience trials, hardships, persecution and needed
instruction. Christianity called for a holy life of respect in the world.
2 Thessalonians
3
Don't be so heavenly-minded that you are no earthly good
Exhortation to stand firm in the faith, knowing that there is evil influence in the world
1 Timothy
6
Sound doctrine defeats false teaching, principles of church
leadership structure
Timothy was a primary disciple of Paul, whom he commissioned to oversee the Ephesian
church, refute false teaching, and appoint godly leadership.
2 Timothy
4
Importance of impartation and reproduction of Jesus' life in us to
others. Reality of persecution
Paul's last letter, expressing concern for Timothy & the churches, and his love for his
disciple.
Titus
3
Christian doctrine and "doing what is good"
Addressed to Christians in Crete to combat immorality, dishonesty, gluttony and laziness
Philemon
1
Forgiveness, restoration
Paul exhorts Philemon to accept and restore his slave Onesimus, who had stolen from him
and fled, but later met Paul and became a Christian, and now desired to return to his
master's service.
Hebrews
15
The supremacy of Jesus as the mediator of the covenant between
God and man and how what He did was better than elements of the
law
Written to Jewish converts tempted to revert back to Jewish law and make legalism a part of
the gospel
James
5
The relationship of faith and good works in the lives of believers.
Trials & testing
Suffering is a real and necessary element of spiritual growth. Christianity is doing rather
than merely hearing. Good works are the fruit of salvation, not the cause of it.
1 Peter
5
God's requirements to live a holy life
Addresses many topics such as holiness, salvation, proper character qualities, enduring
through suffering & persecution, courage and right conduct.
2 Peter
3
God supplies us with everything we need for every aspect of life.
Supplements to faith.
1 Peter deals with false teaching from outside the church, while 2 Peter deals with it inside
the church. Encouragement to recognize and combat pollutants to faith.
1 John
5
Assurance of true salvation through relationship with Jesus
John wrote to combat Gnosticism that taught salvation was through special knowledge, not
faith, and that Jesus was not God.
2 John
1
Exercise discernment. Reject false teachers
Exhortation to exercise discernment to recognize false teachings characterized by denial of
Jesus' deity in human form
3 John
1
Don't reject true teachers
John confronts dictatorial leadership in a church that rejects true teachers
Jude
1
Forgiveness is not license to sin
Combats the false teaching of habitual sinning and irreverently appropriating forgiveness,
thereby breeding immorality in the church
Revelation
22
The last days and God's hand in history
Intensely symbolic book describing the events leading up to the end of the age, how this
world as we know it will end before the return of Jesus, how he returns and triumphs over
Satan, the Antichrist, the Beast and the False Prophet, and ushers in a new heaven and new
earth, redeeming all who have faith in Him to eternal life and perfect intimacy with God as
He intended at the beginning of the Bible.
Jeremiah 33.3
Call to me and I will answer you, and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.