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Printable List of Books of the Bible with Commentary Afterward

Updated on May 6, 2017
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Books of the Bible List

This page provides a printable list of books of the Bible (list of bible books in order of Old Testament and New Testament) and other information about the Christian Bible. Look below the list for the printable version link. Information on the books of the Apocrypha is also provided.

New Testament

  1. Matthew
  2. Mark
  3. Luke
  4. John
  5. Acts
  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


The Apocrypha

  1. Wisdom of Solomon
  2. Ecclesiasticus
  3. Tobit
  4. I Esdras
  5. I Maccabees
  6. II Maccabees
  7. Judith
  8. Baruch
  9. Letter of Jeremiah
  10. II Esdras
  11. Additions to Esther
  12. Prayer of Azariah
  13. Suzanna
  14. Bel & the Dragon
  15. Prayer of Manasseh

Old Testament

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






Books of the Bible: List with Additional Information

"The Bible" can refer to a number of different things, but on this page, it will refer to the Protestant Christian Bible. The Bible, in this sense, is a collection of sixty-six texts written in different times, different places, by different people, to different audiences, in different languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek), for different purposes. This list of texts can be subdivided in different ways, depending upon one's religious orientation. I will group these texts into traditional Protestant Christian categories.

The Star of David, an emblem of Israel
The Star of David, an emblem of Israel | Source

Torah (or "Pentateuch")

The first five books of the Christian Bible are actually the same as the first five books of the Jewish Bible. Jews refer to these books as "Torah" (Instruction), and have always held them in highest esteem. They serve as the absolute foundation for the Jewish faith, and thus, for Christianity (which began as a sect of Judaism). Christians typically refer to these five texts as the "Pentateuch", from a Greek word meaning "five books". These books have been traditionally ascribed to Moses. However, when I discuss authorship for any of the Bible texts, one must keep in mind that I'm referring to authorship as given in the Christian religious tradition. From a historical perspective, the authors of many or most of these texts are probably unknown. Also, if I give estimated dates of authorship, keep in mind that the dates I give will also be largely traditional, and are open to much debate. They are, for the most part, very rough estimates of dates that are often nearly impossible to ascertain with any kind of accuracy.

Genesis
Exodus
Leviticus
Numbers
Deuteronomy

Auguste Rodin's "The Thinker", symbol of philosophers and wisdom seekers
Auguste Rodin's "The Thinker", symbol of philosophers and wisdom seekers | Source

Historical Books

In the Christian canon (a "canon" is a list of books that a religious sect has decided is authoritative), the following books are called "historical books". In the Jewish canon, however, some of these are categorized as Nevi'im (Prophets), and some as Ketuvim (Writings). After this point, I will no longer discuss the Jewish canon, but suffice it to say that it is quite different than the Christian canon in the way it groups the texts. The Jewish Bible is called the Tanakh, which is actually an acronym for the three groupings of the Jewish Bible: Torah, Nevi'im, and Ketuvim yield "TaNaKh".

Joshua
Judges
Ruth
1 Samuel
2 Samuel
1 Kings
2 Kings
1 Chronicles
2 Chronicles
Ezra
Nehemiah
Esther

Wisdom Books

The wisdom books contain aphorisms, hymns, and miscellanea that doesn't quite fit within other categories. All but Job are traditionally attributed to Israel's two greatest kings, who ruled during the only period of a united Jewish monarchy (before Israel in the north and Judah in the south split into two separate kingdoms). These two kings were David, and his son Solomon. The Psalms were primarily attributed to David. Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs (or Song of Solomon) were all traditionally ascribed to Solomon.

Job
Psalm
Proverbs
Ecclesiastes
Song of Solomon

Major Prophets

The "major prophets" are distinguished from the "minor prophets" simply due to the greater length of the texts, not because they are considered more important than the "minor prophets".

Isaiah
Jeremiah
Lamentations
Ezekiel
Daniel

Minor Prophets

Hosea
Joel
Amos
Obadiah
Jonah
Micah
Nahum
Habakkuk
Zephaniah
Haggai
Zechariah
Malachi

The Gospels and Acts

"Gospels"--the word "gospel" means "good news"--are biographical accounts of the life of Jesus of Nazareth. Here, the word "biography" should not call to mind the same things that one thinks of when one thinks of a modern biography. Ancient biographies were much less focused on providing factual information about their subjects' lives than are modern biographies. Authors of ancient biographies had limited and often unreliable sources to draw upon. Their books were meant to create a picture of their subjects' lives, much as a painter paints a portrait: with considerable artistic freedom. The goal was to capture the essence, as the author perceived it, of the subject's life, not the exact details.

There were many other Gospels written about Jesus of Nazareth besides the four books on this list. These four are listed because, after much deliberation at councils convened by early Christians, it was decided that only these four were to be considered authoritative for "orthodox" Christianity. The rest of the gospels, for one reason or another, did not make it into this collection of "authoritative" texts, and so have generally gone by the wayside. Presumably, there are many gospels which not only did not make it into the Bible, but which have no surviving copies, or have no surviving copies that we have yet discovered. So there are gospels which Christians accept as authoritative, gospels which are available to read but are not considered authoritative by most Christians, and gospels which have been altogether lost and forgotten.

Matthew
Mark
Luke
John
Acts

Durer's "Apocalypse"
Durer's "Apocalypse" | Source

Pauline Epistles

Although the following thirteen epistles (from the Greek word for "letters") each purport to have been written by the apostle Paul, many Bible scholars think that as few as 7 of them actually were. These are Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Philippians, 1 Thessalonians, and Philemon. Most scholars believe that Ephesians and Colossians were written by someone pretending to be Paul, and many think that 2 Thessalonians and several other "Pauline" letters were probably also forgeries in Paul's name.

Romans
1 Corinthians
2 Corinthians
Galatians
Ephesians
Philippians
Colossians
1 Thessalonians
2 Thessalonians
1 Timothy
2 Timothy
Titus
Philemon

General Epistles and The Revelation (also called The Apocalypse)

Like the Pauline epistles, many of the general epistles are likely to have been penned by people other than those whose names have been associated with them in one way or another. For example, the styles of Greek vocabulary and grammar in 1 Peter and 2 Peter are so different that it is unlikely that the same author wrote both letters. Therefore, if Peter did, in fact, write one of the letters that bears his name, he almost certainly did not author the other.

Hebrews
James
1 Peter
2 Peter
1 John
2 John
3 John
Jude
Revelation

The Apocrypha

The texts of the so-called "apocrypha" (from a Greek word meaning "hidden away") were written throughout the period spanning between about 150 BCE and 150 CE. Protestants generally do not accept them as divinely inspired, so the Protestant Bibles which do include these books usually include them as a separate appendage, rather than weaving them into the rest of the Bible.

Wisdom of Solomon
Ecclesiasticus
Tobit
I Esdras
I Maccabees
II Maccabees
Judith
Baruch
Letter of Jeremiah
II Esdras
Additions to Esther
Prayer of Azariah
Suzanna
Bel & the Dragon
Prayer of Manasseh

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    • Jay C OBrien profile image

      Jay C OBrien 

      2 years ago from Houston, TX USA

      This is a very interesting article and I have questions.

      The Book of Mormon is not included, so is Mormonism Christian?

      Is Judaism the basis for Christianity or is Christianity completely separate?

      Hindu writings exist documenting the life of Jesus in India, ages 13-30. What is the authenticity of the Hindu writings?

    • GetFactsnotHype profile image

      GetFactsnotHype 

      2 years ago

      I have a similar page here on Hubpages and I noticed you have not listed all of the books of the Apocrypha. I have a family Bible that actually contains the Apocrypha and have taken pictures and posted them on my page. "The Song of the Three Holy Children" are missing for one, and that one you mentioned as Suzanna is actually "The History of Susanna" and the book "Wisdom of Solomon" is NOT the 1st book of the Apocrypha, but instead Esdras is. This is not to pick at you for any mistakes you have made, but simply to point out that even the Apocrypha itself cannot be agreed upon, which is a very good reason why these books are uncanonical, and not readily accepted by most Christian religions. Just food for thought. The page is called "Bible Secret Writings and Lost Gospels."

    • Nixdushnnn profile image

      Nixdushnnn 

      5 years ago

      Its nice.

    • japtaker profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin Aptaker 

      7 years ago from United States

      According to a scholarly article I turned up recently (don't remember the name of the author), Enoch is a pseudepigraphal work written sometime in the intertestamental period (about 200 BCE - 100 CE), and falsely attributed to Enoch. A friend of mine who teaches Sunday school, however, disagreed, saying that we have no way of asserting that Enoch couldn't have been passed down from the real Enoch in some way or another. Personally, I think such a position probably requires a certain leap of faith, and wouldn't be the natural thing to assume unless one wanted to defend the accuracy of Jude (say, in order to defend the idea of Biblical inerrency in general). However, I'll admit that I am far from knowledgeable on the subject, so any assumptions that I make are likely to be just that: assumptions. Having read Enoch, I must say I am glad it didn't make it into the canon. I seems to me to encapsulate a rather primitive understanding of the cosmos and a savage sort of eschatology. As to why I didn't make it into the canon, I can only guess that many early Christians were suspect of its origins and authorship. But I haven't really researched it. Thanks for your questions!

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      graceomalley 

      7 years ago

      Where does the Book of Enoch fit in? I have heard it was widely known at the time of Jesus, appears to be referenced in Jude, and fell out of favor in the early years of the church. Do you know why? If it is mentioned in the canon, why didn't it make it at least to the appochrypha? Any idea when it was written?

    • safiq ali patel profile image

      safiq ali patel 

      7 years ago from United States Of America

      Mathew, Mark, Luke, John, Revaltion, Corinthians, The Pslams. These are just some of the books of the bible that I can recall.

    • japtaker profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin Aptaker 

      7 years ago from United States

      Thank you, H P Roychoudhury!

    • H P Roychoudhury profile image

      H P Roychoudhury 

      7 years ago from Guwahati, India

      It is extremely beautiful with beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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