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)

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Old Testament Books in English Order
Old Testament Books in Hebrew Order

Old Testament Books - Hebrew Meanings

Divisions of the Old Testament

Timeline of the Pentateuch

Adam and Eve, a Type of Christ and the Church

The Table of Nations in Genesis 10

Lifespans in Genesis

The Lineage of Christ in Genesis

The Family Tree of Esau

The 12 Tribes of Israel

Joseph, A Type of Christ

The Encampment of Israel

The Hebrew Calendar of Months

The 7 Feasts and God's Calendar

The Feasts and Festivals of Israel

Scriptures and Procedures of the Feasts

Chapters, Verses, and Words in the Old Testament

Miracles in the Old Testament

Parables in the Old Testament

Gentile Nations in the Old Testament

The Servant of the LORD, Israel and the Messiah

The Distinction Between Kings and Chronicles

The Judges who Delivered Israel

The Royal House of David

The Kings of Israel

The Kings of Judah

Chronology of Israel and Judah's Kings and Prophets

Chronology of the Prophets

Messages of the Prophets

Kings of the Assyrian Empire

Kings of the Babylonian Empire

Kings of the Persian Empire

Cuneiform Inscriptions with Names of Foreign Kings


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 of Man, Cain and Abel, Noah's Ark

Bibliography Resources on the Old Testament

A Survey of Old Testament Introduction, Revised and Expanded by Archer, 508 Pages, Pub. 2007


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