Q&A: Old Testament Books and Divisions

Old Testament Books and Divisions

Question

What are the Old Testament books and their divisions?

Answer

The Old Testament has 39 books:

Pentateuch - 5 books


Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy

Historical Books - 12 books


Joshua, Judges, Ruth, First Samuel, Second Samuel, First Kings, Second Kings, 
First Chronicles, Second Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther.

Poetic books - 5 books


Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon

Prophetic books - 17 books


Major Prophets - Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel


Minor Prophets - Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk,
Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi.

See:

New Testament Books and Divisions

Apocryphal Accounts

Answer by Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr.

Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr., D.D., M.Div. is the Theological Editor at Third Millennium Ministries (Thirdmill).