The Bible is a collection of books put together into one volume that is the inspired Word of God. What are the books of the Bible? Here is a complete list along with a free books of the Bible printable.

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How Many Books are in the Bible?

The Bible contains 66 books in total and is divided into the Old and New Testament. The Old Testament has 39 books and the New Testament has 27 books.

What are the Books of the Bible?

Here is a list of the books of the Bible, divided into Old and New Testament.

Old Testament Books of the Bible

Here are the books in the Old Testament.

  • 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
  • The Song of Solomon
  • Isaiah
  • Jeremiah
  • Lamentations
  • Ezekiel
  • Daniel
  • Hosea
  • Joel
  • Amos
  • Obadiah
  • Jonah
  • Micah
  • Nahum
  • Habakkuk
  • Zephaniah
  • Haggai
  • Zechariah
  • Malachi

New Testament Books of the Bible

Here are the books of the 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
  • Hebrews
  • James
  • 1 Peter
  • 2 Peter
  • 1 John
  • 2 John
  • 3 John
  • Jude
  • Revelation

What Books are in the Catholic Bible?

The Catholic Bible contains the same books as the Protestant Bible, plus it has books that are not in the Protestant Bible. These are called the Apocrypha and include:

  • Tobit
  • Judith
  • 1 Maccabees
  • 2 Maccabees
  • Wisdom of Solomon
  • Wisdom of Sirach (also called Ecclesiasticus)
  • Baruch including the Letter of Jeremiah
  • Additions to Esther
  • Additions to Daniel:
    • Prayer of Azariah and Song of the Three Holy Children (Septuagint Daniel 3:24–90)
    • Susanna (Septuagint prologue, Vulgate Daniel 13)
    • Bel and the Dragon (Septuagint epilogue, Vulgate Daniel 14)

How Do I Memorize the Books of the Bible?

Why memorize the books of the Bible? While it’s certainly not required to memorize the books of the Bible (especially with today’s smart phone apps that make finding a Bible passage easy), it’s helpful to know where a book of the Bible is located.

Here are a couple songs that will help with memorizing the books of the Bible. My kids especially love the second one.

What are the Different Types of Books in the Bible?

What are the Books of the Bible?
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Old Testament

Law (also called Pentateuch)

The Law books of the Old Testament include the 10 Commandments, the writings of Moses, and God’s law for the Israelites.

  • Genesis
  • Exodus 
  • Leviticus
  • Numbers
  • Deuteronomy

History

These books cover the history of the Israelites.

  • Joshua
  • Judges
  • Ruth
  • 1 Samuel
  • 2 Samuel
  • 1 Kings
  • 2 Kings
  • 1 Chronicles
  • 2 Chronicles
  • Ezra
  • Nehemiah
  • Esther

Poetry

These books include poetry written by David and other authors.

  • Job
  • Psalms
  • Proverbs
  • Ecclesiastes
  • The Song of Solomon

Major Prophets

The major prophets have books that are longer and include books with a larger, more global context.

  • Isaiah
  • Jeremiah
  • Lamentations
  • Ezekiel
  • Daniel

Minor Prophets

The minor prophets are books that are smaller and more specific in nature. The Major and Minor prophets are equally important and divinely inspired. It’s simply a different type of book.

  • Hosea
  • Joel
  • Amos
  • Obadiah
  • Jonah
  • Micah
  • Nahum
  • Habakkuk
  • Zephaniah
  • Haggai
  • Zechariah
  • Malachi

New Testament

Gospels

These are the stories of the life of Jesus on earth.

  • Matthew
  • Mark
  • Luke
  • John

History

This book covers what happened during the time after Jesus rose from the grave and the spread of the early church.

  • Acts

Letters

These are letters written to early churches, many written by Paul (who was formerly Saul).

  • Romans
  • 1 Corinthians
  • 2 Corinthians
  • Galatians
  • Ephesians
  • Philippians
  • Colossians
  • 1 Thessalonians
  • 2 Thessalonians
  • 1 Timothy
  • 2 Timothy
  • Titus
  • Hebrews
  • James
  • 1 Peter
  • 2 Peter
  • 1 John
  • 2 John
  • 3 John
  • Jude

Prophecy

This book covers the visions given to John about the end of times and eternal life.

  • Revelation

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions about the Books of the Bible

Are the books of the Bible in chronological order?

No, the books of the Bible are arranged by theme rather than time-line order.

How were the books of the Bible chosen?

The books of the Bible were chosen from the “canon” which is a collection of books that follow guidelines decided by the early church over decades. (See more here.)

Are there lost books of the Bible?

There are no lost books of the Bible. As a divinely inspired work, God’s Word is exactly as He wants it. There were many books rejected from the cannon. (See more here.)

What books of the Bible did Paul write?

Paul wrote 13 books of the Bible.
Galatians
1 and 2 Thessalonians
1 and 2 Corinthians
Romans
Ephesians
Philemon
Colossians
Philippians
1 Timothy
2 Timothy
Titus

What books of the Bible did Moses write?

Moses wrote the first 5 books of the Bible, which is Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy. These are also called the Law or Pentateuch .

How many books are in the Old Testament?

The Old Testament contains 39 books.

How many books are in the New Testament?

The New Testament has 27 books.

When were the books of the Bible written?

The Bible was written from 1400 BC to AD 90.

How many authors wrote the Bible?

The Bible had 40 authors and it is divinely inspired by God. (Learn more here.)


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