The Books of the Bible in order traditional, reading and chronological list

The Bible is indeed the most translated and one of the most read books in history, comprising a collection of texts that are central to the religious beliefs and practices of billions of people around the world.
The Bible is divided into two main sections: the Old Testament and the New Testament, with the Old Testament being shared with the Jewish Tanakh.
Here’s a breakdown of the books in both sections, listed in their traditional order, then reading and chronological.
The Bible in order

The Books of the bible in order

This is the traditional order

 

Old Testament (Hebrew Bible)

  1. Genesis (50 chapters)
  2. Exodus (40 chapters)
  3. Leviticus (27 chapters)
  4. Numbers (36 chapters)
  5. Deuteronomy (34 chapters)
  6. Joshua (24 chapters)
  7. Judges (21 chapters)
  8. Ruth (4 chapters)
  9. 1 Samuel (31 chapters)
  10. 2 Samuel (24 chapters)
  11. 1 Kings (22 chapters)
  12. 2 Kings (24 chapters)
  13. 1 Chronicles (29 chapters)
  14. 2 Chronicles (36 chapters)
  15. Ezra (10 chapters)
  16. Nehemiah (13 chapters)
  17. Esther (10 chapters)
  18. Job (42 chapters)
  19. Psalms (150 chapters)
  20. Proverbs (31 chapters)
  21. Ecclesiastes (12 chapters)
  22. Song of Solomon (8 chapters)
  23. Isaiah (66 chapters)
  24. Jeremiah (52 chapters)
  25. Lamentations (5 chapters)
  26. Ezekiel (48 chapters)
  27. Daniel (12 chapters)
  28. Hosea (14 chapters)
  29. Joel (3 chapters)
  30. Amos (9 chapters)
  31. Obadiah (1 chapter)
  32. Jonah (4 chapters)
  33. Micah (7 chapters)
  34. Nahum (3 chapters)
  35. Habakkuk (3 chapters)
  36. Zephaniah (3 chapters)
  37. Haggai (2 chapters)
  38. Zechariah (14 chapters)
  39. Malachi (4 chapters)

 

New Testament

 

  1. Matthew
  2. Mark
  3. Luke
  4. John
  5. Acts of the Apostles
  6. Romans
  7. 1 Corinthians
  8. 2 Corinthians
  9. Galatians
  10. Ephesians
  11. Philippians
  12. Colossians
  13. 1 Thessalonians
  14. 2 Thessalonians
  15. 1 Timothy
  16. 2 Timothy
  17. Titus
  18. Philemon
  19. Hebrews
  20. James
  21. 1 Peter
  22. 2 Peter
  23. 1 John
  24. 2 John
  25. 3 John
  26. Jude
  27. Revelation

 

Note on Reading Order

The traditional order of the books is not necessarily the chronological order of their composition or the events they describe. For a Bible reading plan, many people find it helpful to follow a chronological order or a thematic plan that aligns with their interests or spiritual needs. Bible study can be enhanced by reading commentaries or using study guides, especially for understanding historical context, literary styles, and theological themes.

 

The bible books in chronological order

Sorting the books of the Bible in chronological order can be challenging due to the complex history of their composition and the varying interpretations among scholars regarding the dates of these texts.

 

Old Testament

  1. Job (Unknown, possibly one of the oldest books)
  2. Genesis
  3. Exodus
  4. Leviticus
  5. Numbers
  6. Deuteronomy
  7. Psalms (Collection spans many periods)
  8. Joshua
  9. Judges
  10. Ruth
  11. 1 Samuel
  12. 2 Samuel
  13. 1 Kings
  14. 2 Kings
  15. Proverbs (Collection of various periods)
  16. Ecclesiastes
  17. Song of Solomon
  18. Isaiah
  19. Jeremiah
  20. Lamentations
  21. Ezekiel
  22. Daniel (Date of composition is debated)
  23. Hosea
  24. Joel
  25. Amos
  26. Obadiah
  27. Jonah
  28. Micah
  29. Nahum
  30. Habakkuk
  31. Zephaniah
  32. Haggai
  33. Zechariah
  34. Malachi
  35. 1 Chronicles
  36. 2 Chronicles
  37. Ezra
  38. Nehemiah
  39. Esther

 

New Testament

  1. James
  2. Galatians
  3. Mark
  4. Matthew
  5. 1 Thessalonians
  6. 2 Thessalonians
  7. 1 Corinthians
  8. 2 Corinthians
  9. Romans
  10. Luke
  11. John
  12. Acts of the Apostles
  13. Philippians
  14. Colossians
  15. Philemon
  16. Ephesians
  17. 1 Timothy
  18. 2 Timothy
  19. Titus
  20. 1 Peter
  21. 2 Peter
  22. Hebrews
  23. 1 John
  24. 2 John
  25. 3 John
  26. Jude
  27. Revelation

 

This order reflects a combination of the estimated historical context of the events described and the scholarly consensus on when the books were likely written or compiled. Some books, like the Psalms and Proverbs, are collections of writings from different periods, making it difficult to place them precisely in a chronological sequence.

The dating of some books, especially in the Old Testament, is subject to ongoing scholarly debate.

 

Many Reading order approach

1. Traditional Order

Following the order as they appear in most Bibles. This is the most straightforward approach but not necessarily chronological.

2. Chronological Order

Reading the books in the order of the events they describe. This can help you understand the historical flow of the narrative.

3. Historical Order

Reading the books in the order they were likely written. This is more challenging but offers insights into the development of Jewish and Christian thought.

4. Narrative Order

Focusing on the narrative books first to get the overall story (e.g., Genesis, Exodus, Joshua, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, Ezra, Nehemiah, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts).

5. New Testament First

Some find starting with the New Testament, particularly the Gospels, makes the Old Testament more understandable.

6. Mixed Order (Old and New Testament)

Alternating between books from the Old and New Testaments. This can provide variety and keep your reading fresh.

7. Thematic Order

Focusing on themes (e.g., start with the Gospels for the life of Jesus, then read Genesis and Exodus for creation and the covenant, followed by Psalms and Proverbs for wisdom literature).

8. Beginner-Friendly Plan

For beginners, starting with the Gospels, then reading Genesis, Exodus, and moving through the narrative books of the Old Testament, returning later to the more challenging books like the prophets and wisdom literature.

9. Reading Plan for Depth

A more in-depth study might involve reading a book alongside a good commentary or study guide, starting with key books like Genesis, John, and Romans.

10. One Year Bible Reading Plan

Many one-year plans are available that guide you through the entire Bible in a year, with daily readings from different sections.

Remember, there’s no one «correct» way to read the Bible. The best approach depends on your personal goals, interests, and the amount of time you can commit. Some people also find it helpful to join a study group or follow a plan provided by their religious community

 

Frequently Asked questions

How many books of the bible are there?

  • Protestant Bible: There are 66 books in the protestant bibles in total, 39 in the old testament and 27 in the new testament.
  • Catholic bible: 73 Books in christian bibles, the protestant + the deuterocanon
  • Hebrew Bible: 24 Books of the tanakh

 

what is the best order to read the bible for the first time

Although there are many opinions about it and there is not a correct answer, we recommend starting with the old and then the new.

 

Which are the books of the catholic bible in order

The old testament, the deuterocanon and the new testament.

Pentateuch: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy
Historical books: Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, 1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Tobit, Judith, Esther, 1 Maccabees, 2 Maccabees
Wisdom books: Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Wisdom of Solomon, Sirach
Prophetic books: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Baruch, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi
Deuterocanon: Tobit, Judith, 1 Maccabees and 2 Maccabees, Wisdom, Sirach, Baruch.

The four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John
Historical book: Acts of the Apostles
Pauline epistles: Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews
General epistles: James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Jude
Revelation

 

What are the first five in the  bible?

Pentateuch means «five rolls», from Greek pénte, «five», and teuchos, «rolls». It is formed by the first five books of the Old Testament:

  • Genesis: the origins.
  • Exodus: the departure from Egypt.
  • Leviticus: the Levites, priests of the tribe of Levi.
  • Numbers:the censuses of the people of Israel.
  • Deuteronomy: the second law.

The Pentateuch is the key to understanding the whole Bible, because it presents the beginnings of the revelation of God to the chosen people, and in it we find the first experiences and reflections on God’s plan of love with humanity.

Only by knowing the Pentateuch can we understand the richness of God’s revelation and the extraordinary history of salvation throughout the word of god until it reaches its fullness in Jesus Christ, God and man, the only savior of all humanity.

 

How to memorize the bible list?

To learn and memorize, first you should have the holy bible. Then, organize the chapters according to their content and first memorize the groups (pentateuch, historical, etc).

 

Who decided the order?

Which are the minor prophets in the bible?

The 12 are Hosea, Amos, Micah, Joel, Obadiah, Jonah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi
So now you know more about it. If you want to read it you know where you can start. And all the parts that you need to complete all the story.

Are there any songs about them?

Yes, there are many songs about the bible books learning and study, for example this song and this song

Finally, you can find more about biblical books in the following online encyclopedia articles:

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