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OLD TESTAMENT BOOK ORDER CHARTS

Hebrew Canon (Bible)

Living Commentary Series

Paul J. Bucknell
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OT Hebrew Bible Order | OT Chronological Order | OT Survey Chart

Purpose

Old Testament (OT) Bible Book Order and Charts describe and graphically present the Old Testament (OT) Bible book order. Click here to see the OT chronological book order.

There is a big difference between the order of the English OT Bible and the Hebrew Bible. The order of the English OT is given below, but there is also a chronological chart that is much more extensive and explanatory. Both of the diagrams below follow the three-fold classification of the Hebrew scriptures now being used.

Originally, there was a two-fold classification. The two-fold classification was simply the Law and the Prophets (Mt 5:17; Mk 11:13; Lk 24:27).

Though the contents are the same, the Hebrew scriptures were organized differently. Both classifications were used in the New Testament when refering to the Old Testament scriptures. (Click for larger chart).

Old Testament (OT) Book order for the Hebrew Canon

 

THE OLD TESTAMENT
HEBREW CANON
BOOK ORDER

This diagram shows the purpose of the Hebrew scriptures.
Hebrew Canon and Purpose

Jesus said,

"..which were written
in the
Law of Moses, and
the Prophets, and
the Psalms
concerning Me."

Luke 24:44


The Order of the English Bible Books

The order of the Old Testament Bible Books in the English Bible is given below for comparative purposes. The Septuagint (LXX), a Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible in the 3rd century BC, first came up with the four-class organization now used in the English Bible.1

We must remember that this arrangement or the one above is not a divinely ordered set of books except for possibly the Pentateuch which has been from of old the founding set of Bible books.

Pentateuch

1. Genesis

  2. Exodus

    3. Leviticus

  4. Numbers

5. Deuteronomy

Historical Books
1.  Joshua
2.  Judges
3.  Ruth
4.  I Samuel
5.  II Samuel
6.  I Kings
7.  II Kings
8.  I Chronicles
9.  II Chronicles
10. Ezra
11. Nehemiah
12. Esther

Poetical Books
1. Job
2. Psalms
3. Proverbs
4. Ecclesiastes
5. Song of Songs

Major Prophets
1. Isaiah
2. Jeremiah
3. Lamentations
4. Ezekiel
5. Daniel

Minor Prophets
1.  Hosea
2.  Joel
3.  Amos
4.  Obadiah
5.  Jonah
6.  Micah
7.  Nahum
8.  Habakkuk
9.  Zephaniah
10. Haggai
11. Zechariah
12. Malachi

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OLD TESTAMENT ARTICLES

Including many maps and diagrams
OT Survey
Chronological Chart of OT Books
Hebrew Bible Books/ Canon
Old Testament Geographical Historical Map

OT Law, Pentateuch

Genesis Index
Introduction to Genesis
Outline and Genealogies
Unified Themes of Genesis
Genealogy Time Chart: Genesis 5
Genealogy Time Chart: Genesis 11
Ancient History - Chronology
Tracing the Two Seeds Of Mankind
Genesis 1:1-2:3
The Worship of the Creator
The Meaning of Creation
Creation Lessons on God.
God and the World's Religions
Genesis & Birth Control
Genesis 2:4-17
Preparation for Man (Genesis 2:4-6)
Creation of Man (Gen. 2:7, 1:26-27)
Purpose for Man (Genesis 2:8-17)
Good and evil from Genesis 2
Genesis 2-9
Genesis 2:18-25 Great Marriages Happen!
Genesis 2:18-25 The Foundation of Marriage
Genesis 2:24 Leave & Cleave: Practical thoughts
Genesis 5: Time chart of patriarchs (1)
Genesis 5: Enoch's Secret Word: Methusaleh (1)
Genesis 6:1-3 Finding a Wife the wrong and right way
Genesis 12-22 Abraham's Life
Genesis 12.1 The Call
Genesis 12.2-3 The Promises
Genesis 12:10-20; 20; Place Detour:
Genesis 12.13-14 Person Detour
Genesis 15 The Means
Genesis 16-17 Procedure Detour
Genesis 16,17,22 Consequences of failing to wait for God
Genesis 22 The Testing
Genesis 25-37 Jacob's Life
Influence of Sin
God and Man's Sin
Understanding Man's Sin Nature
Understanding Jacob's Sins

Genesis 50:15-26 Grace to Freely Forgive (Joseph)

Exodus
Exodus 3:14 Discussion of "I am" and Yahweh
Exodus 20:5-6 Influence of Parents
Exodus 33:7-11 Building Excitement for Devotions
Exodus 33:12-19 Biblical Word Study on 'Grace'

Numbers

Numbers Overview, Intro, Themes (The Lord's Battle)

Deuteronomy
Deuteronomy 22:5 Gender Culture Sins
OT Historical Books

Joshua
Introduction, Outline and Purpose of Joshua
Historical/Geographical Map of Joshua
Map of Canaan before the Conquest
Joshua & Resolving Marital Conflict (many passages)
Joshua 1:8 Diagram of Meditation's Importance

Judges
Background
Outline
Theme (Cycle of Decline and Revival)
Judges 2:10-19 Evaluating our Spiritual Lives
Judges 13-16
Samson

1 Samuel
1 Samuel 16:6-13 Full-time Ministry

2 Chronicles/Ezra
2 Chronicles 6-7 Prayer & Revival
2 Chronicles 6:14-42 King Solomon's prayer
2 Chronicles 7.12-15
God's Promise for Revival
2 Chronicles 7.14 Revival P A R (3)
2 Chronicles 20:1-30 Prayer: Study Questions

Ezra
Ezra Overview,
Ezra Outline
Ezra Questions
Ezra 9-10 Marrying a Non-Christian
Ezra 9:8-10 At the Heart of Revival

Nehemiah
Overview of Nehemiah
Historical Picture of Nehemiah and Ezra
Complete Nehemiah series (21 sermons+)


OT Poetical Books

Job
Introduction to Job
Overview of Job
Christ and Purpose of Job
Job 1:1-5Thoughts on Life's Goals
Job 1:6-2:13
Endurance for Serious Troubles
Job 3-37
Search for Right Perspectives
Job 8 Poverty Does Not Mean Rejection
Job 38-42:9Time before a Holy God
Job 42:10-17
Satisfaction with Life's Reward

Psalms
Psalm 8 God's Glory & Self-Esteem Movement
Psalm 16:11 Enjoying Pleasure
Psalm 32:1-6 (4)
Overcoming bitterness, unforgiveness
Psalm 45:4 The Necessity of Truth
Psalm 36:1-12 (3) Watching movies with God
Psalm 52 Waiting for Revenge
Psalm 55 Trusting Through Treacherous Times
Psalm 63 Six Aspects of Godly Prayers; Study Questions
Psalm 73:25-28 Principles of the Godly Man
Psalm 90 Moses and Humility; Verse by Verse
Psalm 91:1-16 Fears & Securities
Psalm 94:19 (13) Overcoming anxious thoughts.
Psalm 105:17,19 Grace for Difficult Times
Psalm 106 Finding God's Beautiful Grace
Psalm 106:10-15 From Revival to Despair
Psalm 119:25 Three Steps to Renewal
Psalm 130 Six Attitudes for Good Devotions

Proverbs
Proverbs 1:7-8 Developing a Good Conscience
Proverbs 4 The way to disciple your sons
Proverbs 16:1-4 From Planning to Purpose
16:1 Planning for disruptions
16:2 Receiving God's correction
16:3 Trusting God with our plans
16:4 Desiring God's purpose
Proverbs 30:1-4 Oracle of Agur

Ecclesiastes
Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 Seeking Pleasure


OT Prophets

Isaiah the Prophet
Book of Isaiah Plan and Outline

Redemptive Chart of Isaiah
Light & Dark Illustrative Diagram
Outline of Isaiah
Short summaries of sections of Isaiah
Background of the Book of Isaiah
A Timeline of Isaiah
Isaiah and Judah's Chronology
Assyria's Relationship with Israel/Judah
Isaiah Studies
Isaiah 6:1-12 Four Steps to Righteous Living
Isaiah 9:5-6 Names of Yahweh
Isaiah 11:1-5 Spirit Dependent Living
Isaiah 11:6-16 Christ's Rule
Isaiah 29-32 Waiting and Planning
Isaiah 38 Steps to Waiting upon God
Isaiah 40:1-5 Understanding Discipleship
Isaiah 43:1-2,7,18-21 Discovering the Will of God
Isaiah 50:4-5 The Heart of True Discipleship
Isaiah 53 (52:13-53) The Making of a Godly Leader (ADT)
Isaiah 52:13-15 Isaiah 53:1-3 Isaiah 53:4-6 Isaiah 53:7-9 Isaiah 53:10-12
Isaiah 53 (52:13-53) Study questions on Suffering
Isaiah 53 (52:13-53:12) Reflections on Isaiah 53
Isaiah 60:1-5 A Shining Light

Old Testament: Prophets (Continued)

Jeremiah

Theme of Unfaithful Men

Ezekiel
Ezekiel 14 Misunderstandings Questions
Ezekiel 28:12-17 The Devil & His Powers

Daniel
Daniel 1 The Importance of Training

Micah
Micah Themes & Background
Micah Outline Summary
Micah 4:1-5 Mountain of the Lord Questions
Micah 4:11-5:5 Commentary

Zephaniah study - Call to Revival
Gathering Before His Throne
Relevance to our Lives | Historical | Overview
A.Voluntarily Gathering 1:1-2:3 Questions | Notes | Outline
B.Willingly Gathering 2:3-3:13 Questions | Notes | Outline
C. Gladly Gathering 3:14-3:20 Questions | Notes | Outline

Haggai studies: Rebuilding the Temple
Haggai Introduction
Haggai 1:1-11 Notes Questions
Haggai 1:12-2:9 Notes Questions
Haggai 2:10-23 Notes Questions
Discovering Effective Leadership in Haggai
Overcoming Discouragement and Depression in Haggai

 

Notes:
(1) From God to Us by Geisler and Nix is an excellent reference book for better understanding the origin of the Bible.