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The Old Testament is divided into five sections: the Pentateuch (Genesis through Deuteronomy), the historical books (Joshua through Esther), the poetic books (Job through Song of Solomon), the Major Prophets (Isaiah through Daniel), and the Minor Prophets (Hosea through Malachi). The Old Testament was written from approximately 1400 B.C. to approximately 400 B.C. The Old Testament was written primarily in Hebrew, with a few small sections written in Aramaic (essentially a variation of Hebrew).

The Old Testament deals primarily with the relationship between God and the nation of Israel. The Pentateuch deals with the creation of Israel and God establishing a covenant relationship with Israel. The historical books record Israel’s history, its victories and successes along with its defeats and failures. The poetic books give us a more intimate look at God’s relationship with Israel and His passion for Israel to worship and obey Him. The prophetic books are God’s call to Israel to repent from its idolatry and unfaithfulness and to return to a relationship of obedience and spiritual fidelity.

Perhaps a better title would be the First Testament. The word "old" tends to give the idea of "outdated" or "not-relevant." That could not be further from the truth. Please read the following articles:

Why should we read the Bible?
Why should we study the Old Testament?
What is the difference between the Old and New Testaments?
What is the proper way to study the Bible?

A survey of the Old Testament is a worthwhile and spiritually-enriching endeavor. Below are links to summaries of the various books of the Old Testament. We sincerely hope you find our Old Testament Survey beneficial in your walk with Christ.

See also our article on Old Testament theology.

Recommended Resource: A Survey of the Old Testament, Expanded and Redesigned by Andrew E. Hill & John H. Walton.
Old Testament Survey: Second Edition by House & Mitchell.
Historical Survey of the Old Testament by Eugene Merrill


Summary of the Book of Genesis

Summary of the Book of Exodus

Summary of the Book of Leviticus

Summary of the Book of Numbers

Summary of the Book of Deuteronomy

Summary of the Book of Joshua

Summary of the Book of Judges

Summary of the Book of Ruth

Summary of the Book of 1 Samuel

Summary of the Book of 2 Samuel

Summary of the Book of 1 Kings

Summary of the Book of 2 Kings

Summary of the Book of 1 Chronicles

Summary of the Book of 2 Chronicles

Summary of the Book of Ezra

Summary of the Book of Nehemiah

Summary of the Book of Esther

Summary of the Book of Job

Summary of the Book of Psalms

Summary of the Book of Proverbs

Summary of the Book of Ecclesiastes

Summary of the Song of Solomon

Summary of the Book of Isaiah

Summary of the Book of Jeremiah

Summary of the Book of Lamentations

Summary of the Book of Ezekiel

Summary of the Book of Daniel

Summary of the Book of Hosea

Summary of the Book of Joel

Summary of the Book of Amos

Summary of the Book of Obadiah

Summary of the Book of Jonah

Summary of the Book of Micah

Summary of the Book of Nahum

Summary of the Book of Habakkuk

Summary of the Book of Zephaniah

Summary of the Book of Haggai

Summary of the Book of Zechariah

Summary of the Book of Malachi


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