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Divisions of the Hebrew Scriptures

2 Timothy 3:16 - All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Jesus was very aware of these divisions within the Hebrew Torah or Scriptures. In fact he confirmed that "though heaven and earth will pass away, the Scriptures will not pass away." He also said that "the Scriptures cannot be broken."

Jesus put his seal of approval on every book in the Old Testament Scriptures when he said " from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zachariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary.' Yes, I tell you, it will be required of this generation." Since Abel was the first martyr in the first book of the Hebrew Scriptures (Genesis), and  the Zachariah was the last martyr in the Hebrew Scriptures (Chronicles) Jesus was in essence saying that the whole of Hebrew Scriptures was the word of God.

List of the Divisions in the Hebrew Torah
The Hebrew Scriptures

The Hebrew Scriptures were divided into 3 sections:

-The Law (Torah), or Pentateuch, 5 books:

Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy.
 

-The Prophets (Nebhim), 8 books:

Former Prophets - Joshua, Judges, Samuel, Kings

Latter Prophets - Isaiah , Jeremiah , Ezekiel , The Book of the 12
 

-The Writings (Kethubim), 11 books:

Poetical Books - Psalms, Proverbs, Job

Megilloth, 5 Rolls- Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Esther, Ecclesiastes

Historical Books - Daniel , Ezra-Nehemiah, Chronicles.

Note: In the Hebrew Bible Genesis (Bershiyt) is the first book and Chronicles (Dibre Hayamim) is the last book.
 

 

The Christian Old Testament

The Christian Old Testament books are divided into the following categories:

Historical Books - Genesis to Esther

Wisdom Literature and Poetry - Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, & Lamentations

Prophetic Books - Isaiah to Malachi (excluding Lamentations)

See Old Testament Books


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The Story of the Bible

The Old Testament
Quick Summary
About
Divisions
Timeline
Charts
Maps

Creation
Adam and Eve
The Flood
The Tower of Babel
Abraham the First Hebrew
Isaac, Son of Promise
Jacob and the 12 Tribes
Joseph and Egypt
Moses and the Exodus
The Giving of the Law
The Tabernacle
The Wilderness Wanderings
Joshua and the Promised Land
The Judges
Samuel the Prophet
Saul, Israel's First King
King David
King Solomon
The Divided Kingdom
The Northern Kingdom of Israel
The Southern Kingdom of Judah
The Assyrian Captivity
The Babylonian Captivity
The Return From Babylon
The Prophets
The Messiah

Conclusion
Bibliography and Credits

Summary of the Old Testament Books

Genesis
Exodus
Leviticus
Numbers
Deuteronomy
Joshua
Judges
Ruth
Samuel
Kings
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

Read the Old Testament Stories

The 7 Days of Creation
The Fall

 

 

 

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