The Bible

If you’re a lover of literature, the Bible is a must-read. Afterall, it is the biggest selling book in history! You’ll discover a book filled with exciting narrative, beautiful poetry, thought-provoking philosophy and the incredible story of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

For anyone considering it, here are a few tips:

Choosing a version to read can be overwhelming. There are literally hundreds to choose from! If you are an experienced reader of classics and enjoy poetry, the King James Version is considered to be unrivalled in its accuracy and literary beauty. If you would prefer a more modern translation, then the English Standard Version or the New American Standard Bible are both excellent.

Reading the 66 books of the Bible can be an overwhelming undertaking. The table below lists all the books in order, and the column on the left categorises them to give context. I would start with the first five books of the New Testament: Matthew to Acts; then Genesis & Exodus. After that it doesn’t really matter. Don’t forget to regularly dip into the beautiful Books of Wisdom / Poetry.

If you’re a fan of audiobooks, I highly recommend David Suchet’s ‘Complete NIV Audio Bible’.

The Books of the OLD TESTAMENT (written before the life of Jesus)

Books of Law – The Torah Genesis
Exodus
Leviticus
Numbers
Deuteronomy
Books of History Joshua
Judges
Ruth
1 Samuel
2 Samuel
1 Kings
2 Kings
1 Chronicles
2 Chronicles
Ezra
Nehemiah
Esther
Books of Wisdom / Poetry Job
Psalms
Proverbs
Ecclesiastes
Song of Songs
Old Testament Prophets Isaiah
Jeremiah
Lamentations
Ezekial
Daniel
Hosea
Joel
Amos
Obadiah
Jonah
Micah
Nahum
Habakkuk
Zephaniah
Haggai
Zechariah
Malachi

The Books of the NEW TESTAMENT (written after the life of Jesus)

The Gospels & Life of Jesus Matthew
Mark
Luke
John
The early church Acts
Paul’s letters to different people and churches Romans
1 Corinthians
2 Corinthians
Galatians
Ephesians
Philippians
Colossians
1 Thessalonians
2 Thessalonians
1 Timothy
2 Timothy
Titus
Philemon
Letters to different people and churches Hebrews
James
1 Peter
2 Peter
1 John
2 John
3 John
Jude
John’s Prophecy Revelation