An Introduction to the Bible

This series of articles offers brief introductions to each of the 66 books of the Bible. What’s going on, who wrote them, why, and more are answered.

The canonical order is the order in which most Bibles present the books. This is not the same as chronological ordering. For more on this, see our article mentioning the subject.

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

The chronological order of the Old Testament books are presented here. This was the order I read the Old Testament in for this project, using an online webpage that has unfortunately ceased to exist shortly after beginning this project, but is archived here. The order is based off the order of when the last chapter of each book takes place (some books can span hundreds of years, like Psalms, Chronicles, and Kings).

Please note that the historical order is not agreed on by all scholars, as some dates are only educated guesses and are up for debate.

Genesis
Job
Exodus
Leviticus
Numbers
Deuteronomy
Joshua
Judges
Ruth
1 Samuel
2 Samuel
1 Chronicles
Proverbs
Song of Solomon
Ecclesiastes
1 Kings
Joel
Jonah
Hosea
Amos
Micah
Isaiah
Zephaniah
Nahum
2 Chronicles
Habakkuk
2 Kings
Lamentations
Obadiah
Jeremiah
Ezekiel
Daniel
Haggai
Psalms
Zechariah
Esther
Ezra
Nehemiah
Malachi

The canonical order is the order in which most Bibles present the books. This is not the same as chronological ordering. For more on this, see our article mentioning the subject.

New Testament:
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 chronological order of the New Testament books are presented here. This was the order I read the New Testament in for this project, using an online webpage that has unfortunately ceased to exist shortly after beginning this project, but is archived here. The order is based off the order of when the last chapter of each book takes place or is written.

Please note that the historical order is not agreed on by all scholars, as some dates are only educated guesses and are up for debate. This is even more true for the New Testament given how relatively close in time everything was written.

New Testament:
Matthew
Mark
Luke
John
Galatians
James
1 Thessalonians
2 Thessalonians
1 Corinthians
2 Corinthians
Romans
Acts
Ephesians
Colossians
Philippians
Philemon
1 Timothy
Titus
2 Timothy
1 Peter
Jude
2 Peter
Hebrews
2 John
3 John
1 John
Revelation