What Are Names of the Old Testament Books of the Bible?


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Some books in the Old Testament are Genesis, Joshua, Job, Psalms and Proverbs. Other Old Testament books are Isaiah, Daniel, Jonah, Micah and Malachi. The Old Testament consists of 39 total books.

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The Old Testament begins with the book of Genesis, which covers the creation of the universe and the story of early servants of God, such as Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Genesis is the first book of the Pentateuch, the group of five books penned by Moses that begins the Bible. The other four books of the Pentateuch are Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.

The book of Joshua discusses the conquest of the Promised Land, while the following book of Judges discusses the immediate events following the conquest. After the book of Ruth is a series of historical books covering the history of the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. The two volumes of Samuel, the two volumes of Kings and the two volumes of Chronicles cover this era. After these books are Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther, which cover Jewish history following Babylonian exile.

The Old Testament then shifts to a series of poetic books, consisting of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon. The Old Testament ends with 17 prophetic books. The major prophetic books are Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel and Daniel. Minor prophetic books include Joel, Amos, Jonah, Micah and Zechariah. Malachi is the final book of the Old Testament.

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