Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality Β· 1 decade ago

What are the subdivisions of the Bible?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Of course the major divisions are the Old and New Testaments. The OT is divided into the Torah (five books of Moses), The Prophets, which are divided into Major and Minor prophets. The Major prophets are the longer books, and the minor prophets are the shorter books. Other OT divisions are the writings and historical books.

    The NT is divided into the four gospels, Acts of the Apostles, the epistles (letters) and Revelation.

    Here is a break down which also includes apocryphal books:


    Genesis [Gn]

    Exodus [Ex]

    Leviticus [Lv]

    Numbers [Nm]

    Deuteronomy [Dt]


    Joshua [Jos]

    Judges [Jgs]

    Ruth [Ru]

    First Book of Samuel [1Sm]

    Second Book of Samuel [2Sm]

    First Book of Kings [1Kgs]

    Second Book of Kings [2Kgs]

    Some bible scholars make a further division of

    the Bible to signify the historical books. These historical

    books contain: 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings,

    1 Chronicles [1Chr], 2 Chronicles [2Chr], Ezra [Ez],

    Nehemiah [Neh], Tobit [Tb], Judith [Jdt], Esther [Est],

    1 Maccabees [1Mc], and 2 Maccabees [2Mc]

    Isaiah [Is]

    Jeremiah [Jer]

    Lamentations [Lam]

    Baruch [Bar]

    Ezekiel [Ez]

    Daniel [Dn]

    The 12 Minor Prophets

    Hosea [Hos], c. 750-732 B.C.

    Joel [Jl], c. 500 B.C.

    Amos [Am], c. 750 B.C.

    Obadiah [Ob], c. 475-450 B.C.

    Jonah [Jon], c. 400-200 B.C.

    Micah [Mi], c. 740-700 B.C.

    Nahum [Na], c. 612 B.C.

    Habakkuk [Hb], c. 605-597 B.C.

    Zephaniah [Zep], 640-609 B.C.

    Haggai [Hg], c. 520 B.C.

    Zechariah [Zec], c. 520-518 B.C.

    Malachi [Mal], c. 440 B.C.

    The Writings

    Proverbs [Prv]

    The Psalms [Ps]

    Ecclesiastes [Eccl]

    Job [Jb]

    Song of Songs [Sng]

    Sirach (Ecclesiasticus) [Sir]

    The Book of Wisdom [Wis]

    All in all, from Genesis to the book of the prophet Malachi, the Old Testament comprises 46 books.

    The New Testament

    The New Testament is basically divided into the gospels, the epistles, and the Book of Revelation.

    The gospels give an account of the life and teachings of Jesus - with each gospel giving a particular focus depending on the community in which the gospel tradition has been used.

    The epistles or letters, are attributed to the apostle Paul and the other apostles. These letters were written for the benefit of the communities they were addressing.

    The book of Revelation, traditionally known to be written by John, is an apocalyptic writing that uses a lot of symbolism.

    The Gospels

    The gospel of Matthew [Mt], c. 85 A.D.

    The gospel of Mark [Mk], c. 70 A.D.

    The gospel of Luke [Lk], c. 75 A.D.

    The gospel of John [Jn], c. 90-100 A.D.

    The book of the Acts of the Apostles [Acts] follows the book of John. It gives an account of the early Christian church and how it began to grow and spread throughout the many regions surrounding Jerusalem. Modern bible scholars refer to the book of the Acts of Apostles as belonging to the book Luke-Acts, which refers to integration of the gospel of Luke and the book of Acts. It is believed that the one who wrote the gospel of Luke also wrote the book of Acts.

    The Epistles or the New Testament Letters

    Letter to the Romans [Rom], c. 57 A.D.

    1st Letter to the Corinthians [1Cor], c. 57 A.D.

    2nd Letter to the Corinthians [2Cor], c. 57 A.D.

    Letter to the Galatians [Gal], c. 50 A.D.

    Letter to the Ephesians [Eph], c. 61-63 A.D.

    Letter to the Philippians [Phil], c. 62-63 A.D.

    Letter to the Colossians [Col], c. 61-63 A.D.

    1st Letter to the Thessalonians [1Thes], c. 51-52 A.D.

    2nd Letter to the Thessalonians [2Thes], c. 52 A.D.

    1st Letter to Timothy [1Tm], c. 63 A.D.

    2nd Letter to Timothy [2Tm], c. 63 A.D.

    Letter to Titus [Ti], c. 62 A.D.

    Letter to Philemon [Phlm], c. 62 A.D.

    Letter to the Hebrews [Heb]

    Letter of James [Jas]

    1st Letter of Peter [1Pt]

    2nd Letter of Peter [2Pt]

    1st Letter of John [1Jn]

    2nd Letter of John [2Jn]

    3rd Letter of John [3Jn]

    Letter of Jude

    The book of Revelation [Rv] - the book of Revelation uses apocaplytic language.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Well, that depends largely on your religious affiliation.

    Traditional Christian

    1) Old Testament (Roman Catholics identify a subset as "deutero-canonicals", but [as with other traditional Christian bibles] the scriptures belonging to this subset do not have their own subdivision)

    2) New Testament


    1) Old Testament

    2) Apocrypha

    3) New Testament


    1) Torah

    2) Prophets

    3) Writings


  • 4 years ago

    Divisions Of The Bible

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Old Testament, containing the history books, major prophets and minor prophets. New Testament, containing the gospels, Paul's free letters, Paul's prison letters, the epistles and revelation

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  • 1 decade ago

    Old Testament

    New Testament

    and sometimes the Apocrypha is included, KJV doesn't have those books, but the Catholic Bible does, and some Bibles include them in a section titled "Apocrypha".

  • 1 decade ago

    The Law

    The Prophets (major and minor)

    The Gospels

    The Epistles

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