June 23, 2024

Thrive Insider

Exclusive stories of successful entrepreneurs

How Many Books are in the Bible?

How Many Books are in the Bible?

How many books are in the Bible? This question is important because Christians consider the Bible to be the “word of God.” The Bible is a profound source of wisdom and advice for living according to what God wants. It contains many different types of literature—such as stories, letters, poems, and lists of things that happened—and yet it all fits together somehow.

To understand how arrived with the Bible’s current list of books, let’s first take a brief look at what’s in it overall.

The Number of Books in the Bible

The Bible is the most widely read book throughout history. What unique qualities of the Bible have positioned it as the quintessential reference for the past fifty years? With numerous translations and varying interpretations across Catholic, Jewish, and Protestant traditions, the Bible is a dynamic text. Let’s explore the Bible’s profound impact on countless lives and its role as the cornerstone of the world’s major faiths.


As unique as it is, the Bible encompasses 66 ancient books that have not only molded laws and cultural norms but also served as a wellspring of inspiration for billions across three millennia. This arrangement emphasizes the significance of Jesus’ birth, with the Old Testament laying the groundwork through prophecies of the Messiah. At the same time, the New Testament commences with the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus, chronicled in the Four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). The Old Testament’s scriptural canon aligns with that of the Septuagint, the version of the Bible revered by the Apostles.

Uniqueness of the Old Testament Book

The Old Testament is a compilation of divinely inspired texts scribed between 1450 B.C. and 430 B.C. It is a historical testament to God’s people, their laws, teachings, and promises, serving as a blueprint for ethical living. By the era of Jesus and the apostles, the definition of ‘Scriptures’ had mostly been established.

 The Old Testament, known as the First Testament by Christians, mirrors the content of the Hebrew Bible – the Scriptures during Jesus’s time. The Hebrew Bible consists of 24 scrolls (as books or codices weren’t prevalent until the latter part of the first century). Christians, however, divided some of these scrolls, resulting in a total of 39 books:

  •     Genesis
  •     Exodus
  •     Leviticus
  •     Numbers
  •     Deuteronomy
  •     Joshua
  •     Judges
  •     Ruth
  •     1 Samuel
  •     2 Samuel
  •     1 Kings
  •     2 Kings
  •     1 Chronicles
  •     2 Chronicles
  •     Ezra
  •     Nehemiah
  •     Esther
  •     Job
  •     Psalms
  •     Proverbs
  •     Ecclesiastes
  •     Song of Solomon
  •     Isaiah
  •     Jeremiah
  •     Lamentations
  •     Ezekiel
  •     Daniel
  •     Hosea
  •     Joel
  •     Amos
  •     Obadiah
  •     Jonah
  •     Micah
  •     Nahum
  •     Habakkuk
  •     Zephaniah
  •     Haggai
  •     Zechariah
  •     Malachi.


Genesis, signifying “the start or inception of something,” stands as the inaugural book of the Bible. Deuteronomy encompasses Moses’s final address to the Israelites before his passing, summarizing God’s pledges. Joshua, a narrative of conquest, delineates the Israelites’ conquest and eventual settlement in the Promised Land through their faith and endeavors.

The Basics Facts about The New Testament

Comprising twenty-seven sacred texts, the New Testament revolves around the life, death, resurrection, and teachings of Jesus Christ. In some regards, the New Testament presents a more straightforward structure. Unlike the bible’s Old Testament, there are no apocryphal books among different versions; all churches acknowledge the same set of 27 books. However, the New Testament introduces its complexities. A prevalent misconception suggests that the canonization of the New Testament was determined by the Roman emperor Constantine and the Council of Nicaea in AD 325.


  •     Matthew
  •     Mark
  •     Luke
  •     John
  •     Acts
  •     Romans
  •     1 Corinthians
  •     2 Corinthians
  •     Galatians
  •     Ephesians
  •     Philippians
  •     Colossians
  •     1 Thessalonians
  •     2 Thessalonians
  •     1 Timothy
  •     2 Timothy
  •     Titus
  •     Philemon
  •     Hebrews
  •     James
  •     1 Peter
  •     2 Peter
  •     1 John
  •     2 John
  •     3 John
  •     Jude
  •     Revelation

Mark, the briefest of the Gospels, underscores Jesus’ role as a servant and showcases his miraculous deeds. John, the final Gospel among the four, presents an eyewitness perspective on Jesus’ ministry, delving into the profound significance behind the events surrounding his life, death, and resurrection.


Penned under the divine guidance of the Holy Spirit by shepherds, prophets, nobility, and others, the Bible has served as a source of law inspiration, a catalyst for cultural influence, and a beacon of faith for billions across three millennia. The Bible’s primary purpose is to guide humanity towards God and unveil the Gospel truth proclaimed by Jesus. Since the early days of the church, Christians have diligently scrutinized these scriptures. Grasping the composition of the Bible aids in comprehending the messages it endeavors to impart.