Bible Overview Charts

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and we know seeing data on a chart really helps you! 

The Bible can be overwhelming.

There are 66 books, written by over 40 different authors.

One of the most helpful tools that we are presenting to you when learning about the Bible is the organization of the books.  Knowing that there are groups and order helps you remember where to find a certain book.

The Old Testament consists of 39 books arranged: the first 5 books are called the Books of the Law or The Pentateuch and written by Moses, the next 12 are books of history, then 5 books of poetry or writings, 5 major prophet books and finally 12 minor prophet books.

Printable copy of Books of the Bible Chart

Anytime you hear a name of a book that doesn’t sound too familiar like Zephaniah, immediately know it is most likely in the minor prophets at the end of the Old Testament.  Just a note…calling them minor prophets is not to diminish their value; they are called minor because the books are shorter.

Another helpful tool is a Chronological Bible Overview.  It helps us  see how the books fit together along the historical timeline.  Knowing that the Book of Ruth takes place during the period of the Judges helps me understand better the time period in which she was living.  The same goes for understanding when a certain prophet was prophesying…during captivity, before, or after. 

Printable Old Testament Books Chart

New Testament

he same goes for the New Testament.  A Bible overview of how the New Testament books fit together chronologically helps me to better understand the context from which the Bible writers were writing.

Printable New Testament Books Chart