King James Bible (kjv)

Description of Bible Books

Genesis - The book of Genesis contains well known stories such as the story of creation, the garden of Eden, Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah and the Ark, the Tower of Babel, Abraham and Isaac, Jacob's ladder, and Joseph's coat of many colors.

Exodus - In the book of Exodus God frees the Israelite's from slavery in Egypt and appoints Moses to lead them to the Promised Land of Canaan. On the journey to Mount Sinai a special relationship is developed.

Leviticus - In the book of Leviticus God gives Israel the law (rules to live by). Instructions govern their sacrifices, festivals and dietary restrictions and directs them on how to worship and present themselves before God.

Numbers - The people of Israel fail to trust and obey God as they enter the promised land and are punished to wander in the wilderness for forty years. Numbers refers to the census/counting of the people of Israel.

Deuteronomy - Prior to his death, Moses reminds the people of Israel that one day God will send another Prophet. He instructs them to love God and to follow his laws in the Promised Land. Moses dies in Moab.

Joshua - Joshua leads Israel to conquer the Promised land. Joshua details the Israelite's' invasion and eventual occupation of the Promised Land through faith and action. The Battle of Jericho and the day the sun stood still are described.

Judges - Israel turns away for God and begins a cycle of sin. They fall captive to other nations and suffer defeat and oppression. They cry out to God for deliverance, who sends leaders called judges to direct them.

Ruth - A famine causes great hardship and causes Ruth and Naomi to become widows. The women lose everything but find hope through God and Israel. Ruth is the great-grandmother of Israel's greatest king, David.

1-Samuel - Samuel is born to a barren woman who dedicated him to the tabernacle. Samuel receives message from God and becomes the last judge. Samuel initially anoints Saul as King and later anoints King David when Saul begins to ignore Gods will.

2-Samuel - David is crowned king and unites the tribes of Israel under his leadership. David follows God and is blessed with success until he he commits adultery and causes the death of the woman's husband. David faces Gods judgment.

1-Kings - King David dies and his son Solomon takes the throne. King Solomon is blessed by God with wisdom and riches. He builds the temple in Jerusalem and dedicates it to the Lord. Following his many foolish and wicked kings rule.

2-Kings - The kings of Israel and Judah ignore God and His prophets, eventually falling captive to invading nations and are exiled to foreign lands. Jerusalem is destroyed.

1-Chronicles - 1 Chronicles traces the history and genealogy of Israel from Adam to David, culminating with David commissioning the temple of God in Jerusalem. Special attention is given to the family and life of David.

2-Chronicles - 2 Chronicles focuses on the family of David and begins with King Solomon and the building of the temple. It ends with the capture of the southern Israelite's and destruction of the temple by the Babylonians.

Ezra - Fulfilling the promises of God, the Israelite's return from exile after seventy years and rebuild the temple. Ezra finds the people are living in sin and calls the people to repent and a return to God.

Nehemiah - Despite local opposition, Nehemiah returns to Jerusalem from exile, rallying the people to rebuild the city walls and gates in just fifty-two days. The people of Judah dedicate themselves to following the law of God.

Esther - Esther is a Jewish queen to a Persian king, who intercedes on behalf of her people to save them from a genocidal plot. The plan is to kill exiled Jews that have remained in Persia but Esther saves them.

Job - A righteous man named Job suffers a series of terrible tragedies and loses everything and suffers greatly. He remains faithful to God and God restores Job's fortune, health, and family.

Psalms - A collection of 150 songs includes praise to the Lord, cries of the needy, worshipful adoration, laments, thanksgiving, prophecy and praise to God. Some songs are for specific occasions.

Proverbs - The book of Proverbs contains God's divine wisdom, covering a variety of topics for every area of life. Subjects include love, money, marriage, work, children, anger, strife, thoughts and words.

Ecclesiastes - Solomon's analysis of life, which is meaningless and empty without God. All is vanity without God. Riches, pleasure, knowledge or work are nothing without him.

Song-of-Solomon - This text is about the relationship and love between a husband and wife. It is symbolic of the love and devotion that should exist in our relationship with God. This is a passionate love with undying strength.

Isaiah - Isaiah is a prophet who delivers God's messages to several kings. Isaiah warns of God's judgment and tells of the Messiah who will be born of a virgin, be rejected by his people, and be killed to bear their sins.

Jeremiah - God sends Jeremiah to warn the Israelite's about the coming Babylonian captivity. He is ignored and Jerusalem falls but he promises that God will one day establish a new covenant with Israel.

Lamentations - Jeremiah weeps over the destruction of Judah and the captivity of Israel. There is sadness but not all is lost because God has not allowed the nation to be completely destroyed.

Ezekiel - Ezekiel preaches about God's judgment of Judah but promises a miraculous restoration and deliverance for the captives living in Babylon to their land. The temple will be reconstructed.

Daniel - Daniel has the gift of prophecy and becomes a high-ranking wise man in the Babylonian and Persian empires. His enemies throw him into a den of lions but God protects him.

Hosea - Hosea begs people to repent from corruption, idolatry and sin. His unfaithful wife becomes a prostitute and his desire to redeem her mirrors God's love for his people despite their unfaithfulness.

Joel - Joel preaches that droughts and locust plagues in Judah are signs of God's judgment. He warns that other nations will also face judgment if they do not repent. He urges everyone to turn back to God.

Amos - Amos the prophet travels north from Judah to Israel to warn of God's judgment. Those who sin can be forgiven and return to God. God promises that there will be a time of restoration.

Obadiah - The nearby nation of Edom rejoiced at the fall of Judah but Obadiah warned that they would be judged for their plundering Jerusalem. Edom will be conquered and those that follow God will be the victors.

Jonah - Jonah is sent by God as a prophet to Nineveh but refuses and attempts to flee by sea. Jonah is thrown overboard and swallowed by a great fish. He repents and prophesies in Nineveh where the people also repent and avoid judgment..

Micah - Micah calls on Israel and Judah to hear the word of God. He prophesies of coming judgment on both kingdoms and of the coming of a king who would be born in Bethlehem and would restore God's people.

Nahum - Nahum is sent to Nineveh the capital of the Assyrian empire (as was Jonah) to preach God's judgment. The prophet promises that Nineveh will be destroyed and will not be restored.

Habakkuk - Habakkuk asks God to end injustice and violence in Judah but cannot understand why God would use the Babylonians to punish his p[people. Habakkuk is reminded that the people must have faith.

Zephaniah - Zephaniah warns that the day of coming of the Lord is near. God will judge Israel and the surrounding nations (Philistia, Moab, Cush, Assyria) but also will restore them in peace and justice.

Haggai - Enemies of the Jews have cause rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem to halt due to opposition and spiritual apathy. Haggai preaches a number of sermons to motivate the the people to finish.

Zechariah - Zechariah ministered with Haggai and encouraged the return to God and the completion of the temple. His vision communicated God's plans for his people and predicted the coming of the Messiah.

Malachi - The last book of the Old Testament, Malachi is a beautiful expression of God's love for a nation that continues to disobey Him.

Matthew - The first book of the New Testament. The Gospel of Matthew references the many Old Testament prophecies that were fulfilled by Jesus and tells the story of his birth, life, works and death.

Mark - The Gospel of Mark emphasizes Jesus' servant-hood and miracles. Jesus Christ is presented as following his father will and doing what he had been sent to do. This includes dying for sinners and rising again from the dead.

Luke - Luke was a Gentile who wrote a detailed account of Jesus's life. He attempted to tell the complete story of who Jesus was and what happened to him. The love Jesus showed for people and his deeds.

John - John provides an eyewitness account of Jesus' ministry. Jesus communicates his mission from God and proves that he is the son of God through his teaching and the miracles he performs.

Acts - After the ascension of Jesus the Holy Spirit comes to the church to empower the followers of Jesus. They begin to spread the Good News. The gospel of Jesus spreads throughout the world.

Romans - Paul plans to visit Rome and explains the gospel of Jesus in a letter to the churches in Rome. He explains the righteousness of God, the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and the importance of faith.

1-Corinthians - Paul writes to the church in Corinth to give them guidance on how to deal with various issues, including sin and division, the future resurrection, and the conduct of public worship.

2-Corinthians - The second letter from Paul to the church in Corinth. Most problems discussed in 1 Corinthians have been resolved but there are concerns about false teachers. Paul also defends himself against critics.

Galatians - A letter from Paul to the church in Galatia. Some in the Church try to assert the law of Moses as the path to salvation. Paul forcefully asserts that Christ's is our salvation.

Ephesians - A letter from Paul to the church in Ephesus. Written during Paul's first imprisonment. Paul tells the Church to have faith in Christ and to walk in grace, peace, and love.

Philippians - Paul wrote this letter to the church in Philippi from a Roman prison. Paul urges the church to rejoice in Christ's and to follow his example. The gospel of Christ is continues to spread.

Colossians - In this letter, Paul contradicts false teaching and makes it clear that Christians are not bound by the laws of Old Testament. Jesus is savior and to walk in Christ is the goal.

1-Thessalonians - The first of two letters to the church in Thessalonica. Believers are encouraged to live without sin and to stay strong until the time the time of the judgment when Jesus returns.

2-Thessalonians - The second letter to Thessalonica. Paul assures that church which is being persecuted that this is not the end time. He tell them to keep doing God will and that God will protect them.

1-Timothy - A letter from Paul to a young pastor named Timothy. Paul tell Timothy that he must guard against false doctrine, pray, care for those in the church, train other leaders, and faithfully preach the truth.

2-Timothy - The second letter to Timothy. Paul encourages Timothy to hold fast to the faith, focus on what is truly important, persevere in dangerous times, and preach the Word of God.

Titus - A letter of guidance from Paul to Titus. Titus is instructed to beware of false teachers, avoid distractions, model the Christian life, and enjoin all believers to practice good works.

Philemon - A letter from Paul to Philemon requesting forgiveness for a runaway slave named Onesimus. Philemon is told to welcome his slave back into his home, not as a slave but as a beloved brother in Christ.

Hebrews - Jewish members of the church are told to leave the former Jewish traditions and the law of Moses behind. To recognize the sacrifice of Jesus and to move forward with faith in him.

James - James tells Christians to live in a way that demonstrates their faith. True faith affects how we pray, our response to hardships, how we treat others and and what we say.

1-Peter - Peter's first letter is to Christians being persecuted. He encourages them as they face suffering living under oppression in the Roman Empire. He asks them to testify to the truth and live accordingly.

2-Peter - Peter's second letter warns the church to identify false teachers and to follow the word of God. They are encouraged to live in holiness as they await the second coming of Christ.

1-John - John encourages Christians to follow the the gospel according to the commands of Christ. Those who belong to God love God and one another. They obey God's word and seek light, love and truth.

2-John - John's second letter is is about walking in truth, love and obedience. The Christian life requires all of these and one can not be sacrificed for the other. Love one another and guard against false teachings.

3-John - 3 John is a letter to encourage and commend Gaius for walking in truth. The brothers in the work have testified before the assembly about Gaius, his work and his treatment of them.

Jude - A letter from Jude urging Christians to defend the gospel and not allow it to be perverted by those who would change the message for their own gains. False teaching and teachers must be resisted.

Revelation - Revelation is John's apocalyptic prophecy. His visions identify the events and signs that mark the end times where God judges the world and finally sends Jesus to establish his kingdom on earth.