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How is the Bible Organized?
The Bible is not organized strictly chronologically, though in general, it makes some chronological sense. Rather, the Bible's books were grouped into genres and that is how they are organized today.
- The Bible starts with five "law" books which give the history of the origins of the world, sin and the Israelite nation along with the origins of the law of God.
- We then have 12 history books that move mostly chronologically recounting God's history with Israel.
- Next are five poerty books, which aren't in chronological order at all. Most of these were authored by David or his son, Solomon. Their lives are covered, along with other kings of Israel in 1&2 Samuel and 1&2 Kings(which were part of the history section.
- Next are five books of the major prophets. What makes these prophets so 'major'? They wrote a lot more than the 'minor' prophets.
- The next logical step is the minor prophets, of which there are 12 books.
- Now we jump into the New Testament with four Gospels followed by the book of Acts, which focuses in on church history.
- Then we have 21 letters written to various churches and groups, most of these written by Paul the Apostle.
- We end the Bible with one book of prophecy for the future, Revelation.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God."
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you."
"For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he (Jesus) is able to help those who are being tempted."
How and Where to Start
Some people start with Genesis and read through. Some start in John. Some do Bible reading plans that take a little bit of old and new testament every day. It's sort of a choose your own adventure type of thing.
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