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SIH STSTA ICON(Part #1 – The Order and Divisions of the Bible)

 2Tim 3:14-17 (KJV)

But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned [them];  And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.  All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

The Holy Bible, God’s word revealed to man, is made up of 66 books.  These books were penned by approx. 35 authors.  The Bible covers over 6000 years of history through the use of both historical accounts and prophetic writings.

For those who are unfamiliar with the Bible, it can be a very confusing, intimidating book.  In many cases, an attempt at studying and becoming familiar with the Word can be a very frustrating experience.  In our 4-part blog series, we will be looking at some basic information about the Bible.  Hopefully, through this study we will be laying a basic foundation of Bible knowledge.  In doing so, our hope is that the Bible will become more easily understood and less intimidating.

If there is one key to coming to a better understanding of God’s Word, it is a consistent, daily quiet time of Bible reading.  The more we read the Bible the more we become familiar with it.  With this familiarity, comes which leads to less intimidation and an easier, more complete understanding of His Word.

Our series will consist of 4 parts:

  1. The Order and Divisions of the Bible
  2. The Author and Writers of the Bible
  3. The Time Line of the Bible
  4. The Theme of the Bible

A downloadable spreadsheet containing all the series information can be found at the following link… two versions are available BibleSurvey – Excel or BibleSurvey – PDF.   Please feel free to save it to you hard drive or print it out to use during your Bible Study times.

THE STUDY:

The central theme of the Bible is Jesus Christ, His person, His work, and His desires for our lives.

The two main divisions of the Bible are the Old Testament and the New Testament…

The Old Testament…

  1. Is made up of 39 books.
  2. Was written BEFORE Christ’s first coming to the earth, the OT looks FORWARD to the first coming of Christ to the earth.
  3. Its main theme is Jesus Christ.  Christ is presented through the use of symbolism, prophetic predictions and the story of Christ’s nation of ancestry (Israel).

The divisions of the Old Testament include…

  1. The Pentateuch – the first five books of the Old Testament
    1. The beginning of the world
    2. The beginning of sin
    3. The beginning of the languages and races of the world
    4. The beginning of the Nation of Israel
    5. The beginning of the Law of God
  2. The History – The History of the Nation of Israel including
    1. The retaking of the land area of Israel
    2. The time of the Judges ruling united Israel
    3. The time of the Kings ruling united Israel
    4. The time of the Kings ruling the divided nation of Israel
    5. The taking of the Northern Kingdom by Assyria
    6. The taking of the Southern Kingdom of Judah
  3. The Poetry – Books of Practical Knowledge and Remembrance and Praise
    1. The Example of Faith under Fire of Job
    2. The Worship songs of Israel
    3. The Wisdom writings of Solomon
  4. The Major Prophets – The prophetic books of the OT that are long in length
    1. The Events spoken of involve events concerning the North and South kingdoms of Israel and events related to the 1st and 2nd comings of Christ
  5. The Minor Prophets – The prophetic books of the OT that are short in length
    1. The Events spoken of are identical to the major prophets (events concerning the North and South kingdoms of Israel and events related to the 1st and 2nd comings of Christ)

The New Testament…

  1. Is made up of 27 books
  2. Was written AFTER Christ’s 1st coming to the earth.  The New Testament looks BACKWARD at the coming of Christ, leaving us historical accounts and explanations of His coming.
  3. Its main theme is Jesus Christ.  Christ is presented through the use of historical accounts, doctrinal teachings, explanations and clarifications of OT passages and prophecies of His second coming to earth.

The divisions of the New Testament include…

  1. The Gospels – The historical accounts of Christ’s first coming
    1. Christ’s birth, His ministry, His crucifixion and resurrection.
  2. The Church History – The historical record of the beginning of the ministry of the church
    1. the Ascension of Christ
    2. Pentecost
    3. Churches formed in Israel and throughout the Gentile nations
    4. The persecution and martyrdom of the Apostles and other followers of Christ.
  3. The Pauline Epistles (Note: Epistles are personal letters) – the personal letters written by the Apostle Paul to various churches and individuals
    1. These letters contain both doctrinal and practical instruction
  4. The General Epistles – the personal letters written by the various followers of Christ.  They wrote to churches and individuals to various churches and individuals
    1. These letters contain both doctrinal and practical instruction
  5. The Prophecies – the Revelation received by John while banished to the Isle of Patmos
    1. prophecies concerning the existing churches of his day and future events leading to the second coming of Christ.

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The Main Divisions of the Bible and the Books that each contain…

THE OLD TESTAMENT

  1. The Books of The Pentateuch
    1. Genesis
    2. Exodus
    3. Leviticus
    4. Numbers
    5. Deuteronomy
  2. The Books of History
    1. Joshua
    2. Judges
    3. Ruth
    4. 1 Samuel
    5. 2 Samuel
    6. 1 Kings
    7. 2 Kings
    8. 1 Chronicles
    9. 2 Chronicles
    10. Ezra
    11. Nehemiah
    12. Esther
  3. The Books of Poetry
    1. Job
    2. Psalms
    3. Proverbs
    4. Ecclesiastes
    5. Song of Solomon
  4. The Books of the Major Prophets
    1. Isaiah
    2. Jeremiah
    3. Lamentations
    4. Ezekiel
    5. Daniel
  5. The Books of the Minor Prophets
    1. Hosea
    2. Joel
    3. Amos
    4. Obadiah
    5. Jonah
    6. Micah
    7. Nahum
    8. Habakkuk
    9. Zephaniah
    10. Zechariah
    11. Malachi

THE NEW TESTAMENT

  1. The Books of the Gospels
    1. Matthew
    2. Mark
    3. Luke
    4. John
  2. The Book of Church History
    1. Acts
  3. The Books of the Pauline Epistles
    1. Romans
    2. 1 Corinthians
    3. 2 Corinthians
    4. Galatians
    5. Ephesians
    6. Philippians
    7. Colossians
    8. 1 Thessalonians
    9. 2 Thessalonians
    10. 1 Timothy
    11. 2 Timothy
    12. Titus
    13. Philemon
    14. Hebrews
  4. The Books of the General Epistles
    1. James
    2. 1 Peter
    3. 2 Peter
    4. 1 John
    5. 2 John
    6. 3 John
    7. Jude
  5. The Book of NT Prophecy
    1. Revelation

In our next blog entry we will be looking at the different writers that God used to pen His Holy Word

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To see this lesson taught on video please go to my Video Blog at  http://www.youtube.com/settledinheaven

If you have any questions concerning this blog, or if you have a subject you would like discussed, please feel free to email me at settledinheaven@gmail.com.    I will answer all emails via my blog, email, or both.

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May the Lord bless your study of His Word.  Like God’s Word… may your soul’s salvation and your life’s faithfulness be “Settled in Heaven.”

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8 Comments

  1. thebiblestop says:

    Looks like it will be a good series. Many believers are intimidated by the Bible. My advice to believers is to mostly study the New Testament to begin with, to understand this dispensation. The OT symbolism will make more sense when we understand the New Covenant, but will make little sense without that knowledge.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      I agree with you. When someone starts to read the Bible the New Testament books (especially the Gospels) are a great place to start. By reading the gospels we can get a handle on the person, teachings and works of Christ. Hopefully that will help to understand all the other books. That’s where I counsel younger Christians to begin. Romans is also good to come to an understanding about salvation and all that the Lord has done for us on the cross.

      I do think that there are a few books in the OT that benefit those who are just beginning Bible study… Genesis helps to show us the beginnings of the world, sin, the nation of Israel, the 10 commandments, the list goes on and on. Also, Proverbs is an important book to gain wisdom for everyday life for the younger Christian. Finally, the third OT book that is really beneficial is the book of Psalm… chock full of teachings about worship, comfort and having a right spirit before God.

      Great topic, thanks for the comment. May the Lord bless you!

  2. Paul says:

    Hi brother Rob:

    Thanks for breaking down the parts of the Bible. So many people in all generations have gone through the Bible many times over and not only couldn’t anyone debunk it, people continue to find very intriguing information that still holds true to this day. The living Bible certainty does speak to all generations in many ways. What is interesting is that the 13 books of the New Testament were letters written by the apostle Paul, correct? I wonder if the apostle Paul even knew that somehow his letters will be part of the Bible as we know it today.

    Blessings,
    Paul

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Paul,

      You’ve brought up a great subject, sorry but I really can’t answer your question. I’m not sure if any writers, as they wrote their books, realized that eventually they would end up as a part of the Bible. It is very interesting to try to put ourselves in the place of the writers and what htey migiht have been thinking and feeling as they wrote their perspective works. By the way, really enjoyed your last blog entry on events surrounding the last days.

      May the Lord bless you.

  3. Great study Rob. We teach our youth group these divisions as an aid to understanding and appreciation. I hope your series helps many people.

    I usually start new believers reading Mark and also give them an in-depth Bible study through Romans. Romans was the first book I studied and I believe it gives a solid foundation to help them understand WHY they believe WHAT they believe – so essential.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Angela,

      Thanks for the input… starting with Mark and Romans is a great idea. How often we fail in explaining why we believe what we do. Just giving others a set of truths without the “whys” behind the truths only tends to confuse and develop weak Christians. We are definately on the same page. May the Lord continue to bless you and your homeland.

      Rob

  4. Patti (PJ) says:

    Hi Rob! I loved this lesson. I must admit I have two FAVORITE Books in the Bible. They are Proverbs because I love the lessons to be learned there and also I love Acts because not only is it the “history” of the early church, but it is still going on. It hasn’t ended. It is what I like to call our textbook for today’s living. There is no Amen at the end of the book which would indicate being finished and it talks about this dispensation of the church, so I can read it just as though it is currently happening. Thank you for this lesson and the next few parts. I look forward to them.
    God bless!
    PJ

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Hi PJ,

      It never ceases to aamaze me how each Christian has a different set of “favorite” books! Yep, you have picked two good ones as well. I try to read some in Proverbs every day, it has so many practical lessons in it. Acts is good as well, I’m so thankful the ministry of the Lord’s churches continue on through today. What would our world be like if the churches went out of existence at the end of Acts? It would be a much uglier and more sinful world to live in that’s for sure!

      As always, may the Lord bless you and your blog ministry

      Rob

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