Summaries and Suggested Bible Readings

[Here’s how I’ll be organizing this, if you want a short index.  First I wrote down a list of all the books of the Bible, in the order they are in my English version. (other languages order the books slightly differently).  I’ll also include a link to each book online, where you can read it for free.  Second, I’ll take each book and give a very short summary.  Each summary will include the author, the date the book was written, a purpose statement, and a breakdown of the chapters.  Thirdly I’ll give you several different ideas for how to read through the Bible.]

The Bible is split into two parts, the Old Testament (or covenant), and the New Testament (or covenant).  The OT (old testament) books are from the time of the world’s beginning up to 400 years before Jesus was born (around 0 A.D.).  The NT (new testament) is history during Jesus life, death, and resurrection, and the first few years of the Church (until circa 75 A.D.).

The Old Testament books:

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

The New Testament books:

Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philipians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Jude, Revelations.

[]  This website shows all the books again, and each chapter.  You can click on them by chapters to read.  It also tells about this version (NIV 1984), and how it was translated.

Here is a chart showing a 12 week read through of the New Testament.  This is a very fast read… so you might consider cutting all the chapters in half and doing it in 24 weeks, if this is your first time reading. (click on the chart for a clearer picture.)

Here is a chart of a 3-year Bible reading plan.  My family has read through this 2 times, and we are currently finishing our 3rd time through.

Year 1:

Year 2:

Year 3:

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