Bible Books

  1. 4. A collection of 150 songs that Israel sang to God (and to each other)—kind of hymnal for the ancient Israelites.
  2. 5. This is a brief history of Israel from Adam to David, culminating with David commissioning the temple of God in Jerusalem. David’s son Solomon builds the temple, but after centuries of rejecting God, the Babylonians take the southern Israelites captive and destroy the temple
  3. 6. Satan attacks a righteous man, and he and his friends argue about why terrible things are happening to him.
  4. 8. God chooses a man to speak for Him to Israel, to tell them the error of their ways and teach them justice
  5. 10. God sends a prophet to warn Israel of future judgment—but also to tell them about a coming king and servant who will “bear the sins of many.”
  6. 11. The people have abandoned the work of restoring God’s temple in Jerusalem, and so a man takes them to task.
  7. 12. A shepherd preaches against the injustice of the Northern Kingdom of Israel.
  8. 13. A disobedient prophet runs from God, is swallowed by a great fish, and then preaches God’s message to the city of Nineveh
  9. 14. A man confronts the leaders of Israel and Judah regarding their injustice, and prophecies that one day the Lord himself will rule in perfect justice.
  10. 17. A man pleads with God to stop the injustice and violence in Judah, but is surprised to find that God will use the even more violent Babylonians to do so.
  11. 18. The city of Jerusalem is in bad shape, so one man leads the people to rebuild the wall around the city.
  12. 19. Moses gives Israel instructions - in some ways, a recap of the laws in Exodus–Numbers- for how to love and obey God in the Promised Land
  13. 22. God saves Israel from slavery in Egypt, and then enters into a special relationship with them.
  14. 24. God gives Israel instructions for how to worship Him.
  15. 26. God sends a plague of locusts to Judge Israel, but his judgment on the surrounding nations is coming, too
  16. 27. Israel demands a king, who turns out to be quite a disappointment, then David, a man after God’s own heart, becomes king of Israel.
  17. 29. An Israel’s new leader leads Israel to conquer the Promised land, then parcels out territories to the twelve tribes of Israel
  18. 30. A collection of dirges lamenting the fall of Jerusalem after the Babylonian attacks
  19. 31. The Israelites rebuild the temple in Jerusalem, and a scribe teaches the people to once again obey God’s laws
  20. 33. How did God’s relationship with the world begin?” and “Where did the nation of Israel come from
  21. 34. God has been faithful to Israel, but they continue to live disconnected from him—so God sends this man to call them out
  1. 1. A man becomes a high-ranking wise man in the Babylonian and Persian empires, and has prophetic visions concerning Israel’s future
  2. 2. This prophet calls Israel to return to God, and records prophetic visions that show what’s happening behind the scenes.
  3. 3. The kingdom of Israel has a time of peace and prosperity under King Solomon, but afterward splits, and the two lines of kings turn away from God. Both kingdoms ignore God and his prophets, until they both fall captive to other world empires
  4. 4. A collection of sayings written to help people make wise decisions that bring about justice.
  5. 6. God sends a prophet to warn Israel about the coming Babylonian captivity, but the people don’t take the news very well.
  6. 7. God warns that he will judge Israel and the surrounding nations, but also that he will restore them in peace and justice.
  7. 9. A man warns the neighboring nation of Edom that they will be judged for plundering Jerusalem
  8. 15. A man foretells of God’s judgment on Nineveh, the capital of Assyria.
  9. 16. Israel fails to trust and obey God, and wanders in the wilderness for 40 years
  10. 20. A philosophical exploration of the meaning of life—with a surprisingly nihilistic tone for the Bible
  11. 21. A collection of love songs celebrating love, desire, and marriage.
  12. 23. Israel enters a cycle of turning from God, falling captive to oppressive nations, calling out to God, and being rescued by leaders God sends their way
  13. 25. A man is told to marry a prostitute who leaves him, and he must bring her back: a picture of God’s relationship with Israel
  14. 28. Someone hatches a genocidal plot to bring about Israel’s extinction, and a woman must face the emperor to ask for help
  15. 32. Two widows lose everything, and find hope in Israel—which leads to the birth of the future King David