TWO SECTIONS

Summary

  • The Bible has two sections – Old Testament and New Testament
  • The two tell a seamless story about God’s love
  • Jesus is the center

 

“In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son.”

(Hebrews 1:1-2)

 

The Bible contains two sections – the Old Testament that was written before Jesus was born, and the New Testament that was written after Jesus was died and rose again. There is a total of 66 books in all.

  • The Old Testament contains 39 separate books filled with history, poetry, and prophesy. The Old Testament books covers about 4,000 years of history. They recount for us the world from its beginnings (Genesis). Then they follow the more specific history of the people of Israel whom God singled out to reveal his glory and grace. It includes books which are inspirational songs or poetry that relate to our everyday struggles and joys. The remaining books are mostly prophesies which include details about the Savior (Jesus) who was to come.
  • The New Testament contains 27 books and covers a period of less than 100 years. The first four are called the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) and tell the story of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. They tell the story from different angles like witnesses viewing an event from different positions and telling it to audiences with different cultural backgrounds. The book of Acts tells the history of the first years of the early Christian Church after Jesus returned to heaven. Many of the remaining books are called Epistles (letters) that were written by the apostles to different churches or individuals to encourage them in their faith.

The two sections of Scripture fit together seamlessly. The “old” testament centered people around their relationship with God through the law of Moses. The “new” testament centered people around their relationship with God through Jesus. Jesus completes the story because he fulfilled the law for us and provides forgiveness for our violations of God’s laws.