Books of the Bible

Old Testament

#1. Genesis

How did God’s relationship with the world begin?  Where did the nation of Israel come from?


#6. Joshua

Joshua (Israel’s new leader) leads Israel to conquer the Promised land, then parcels out territories to the twelve tribes of Israel.

#11. 1 Kings

The kingdom of Israel has a time of peace and prosperity under King Solomon, but afterward splits, and the two lines of kings turn away from God.

#16. Nehemiah

The city of Jerusalem is in bad shape, so Nehemiah rebuilds the wall around the city.


#21. Ecclesiastes

A philosophical exploration of the meaning of life—with a surprisingly nihilistic tone for the Bible.

#26. Ezekial

God chooses a man to speak for Him to Israel, to tell them the error of their ways and teach them justice: Ezekiel.


#31. Obadiah

Obadiah warns the neighboring nation of Edom that they will be judged for plundering Jerusalem.


#36. Zephaniah

God warns that he will judge Israel and the surrounding nations, but also that he will restore them in peace and justice.

#2. Exodus

God saves Israel from slavery in Egypt, and then enters into a special relationship with them.


#7. Judges

Israel enters a cycle of turning from God, falling captive to oppressive nations, calling out to God, and being rescued by leaders God sends their way.

#12. 2 Kings

Both kingdoms ignore God and his prophets, until they both fall captive to other world empires.


#17. Esther

Someone hatches a genocidal plot to bring about Israel’s extinction, and Esther must face the emperor to ask for help.

#22. Song Of Solomon

A love song (or collection of love songs) celebrating love, desire, and marriage.

#27. Daniel

Daniel becomes a high-ranking wise man in the Babylonian and Persian empires, and has prophetic visions concerning Israel’s future.

#32. Jonah

A disobedient prophet runs from God, is swallowed by a great fish, and then preaches God’s message to the city of Nineveh.

#37. Haggai

The people have abandoned the work of restoring God’s temple in Jerusalem, and so Haggai takes them to task.

#3. Leviticus

God gives Israel instructions for how to worship Him.




#8. Ruth

Two widows lose everything, and find hope in Israel—which leads to the birth of the future King David.


#13. 1 Chronicles

This is a brief history of Israel from Adam to David, culminating with David commissioning the temple of God in Jerusalem.

#18. Job

Satan attacks a righteous man named Job, and Job and his friends argue about why terrible things are happening to him.

#23. Isaiah

God sends the prophet Isaiah to warn Israel of future judgment—also about a coming king and servant who will “bear the sins of many.”

#28. Hosea

Hosea is told to marry a prostitute who leaves him, and he must bring her back: a picture of God’s relationship with Israel.

#33. Micah

Micah confronts the leaders of Israel and Judah regarding their injustice, and prophecies that one day the Lord himself will rule in perfect justice.

#38. Zachariah

The prophet Zechariah calls Israel to return to God, and records prophetic visions that show what’s happening behind the scenes.

#4. Numbers

Israel fails to trust and obey God, and wanders in the wilderness for 40 years.



#9. 1 Samuel

Israel demands a king, who turns out to be quite a disappointment.




#14. 2 Chronicles

Solomon builds the temple, but after centuries of rejecting God, the Babylonians take the southern Israelites captive and destroy the temple.

#19. Psalms

A collection of 150 songs that Israel sang to God (and to each other)—kind of like a hymnal for the ancient Israelites.

#24. Jeremiah

God sends a prophet to warn Israel about the coming Babylonian captivity, but the people don’t take the news very well.

#29. Joel

God sends a plague of locusts to Judge Israel, but his judgment on the surrounding nations is coming, too.


#34. Nahum

Nahum foretells of God’s judgment on Nineveh, the capital of Assyria.




#39. Malachi

God has been faithful to Israel, but they continue to live disconnected from him—so God sends Malachi to call them out.

#5. Deuteronomy

Moses gives Israel instructions (in some ways, a recap of the laws in Exodus–Numbers) for how to love and obey God in the Promised Land.

#10. 2 Samuel

David, a man after God’s own heart, becomes king of Israel.




#15. Ezra

The Israelites rebuild the temple in Jerusalem, and a scribe named Ezra teaches the people to once again obey God’s laws.

#20. Proverbs

A collection of sayings written to help people make wise decisions that bring about justice.


#25. Lamentations

A collection of dirges lamenting the fall of Jerusalem after the Babylonian attacks.


#30. Amos

A shepherd named Amos preaches against the injustice of the Northern Kingdom of Israel.


#35. Habakkuk

Habakkuk pleads with God to stop the injustice and violence in Judah, but is surprised to find that God will use the even more violent Babylonians to do so.

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