This contains the story of creation when God created the
sky, seas and land. It also contains the story of Adam
and Eve, of Abraham (whom God promises a nation to),
of his son Isaac, of Jacob whose work teaches us about
a life of service for God, and of Joseph with his many
This explains the story of the Israelites when they were
slaves of the Egyptians. It tells of God rescuing them
through the leader Moses and through some mighty miracles
including the parting of the Red Sea. The Passover celebration
is an annual reminder of this escape from slavery.
The Levites were priests who instructed the people in the
correct ways to worship. In this book we can find out
what God considered the correct way to worship, which
feasts were designated religious and also the civil rules
for handling food and disease.
This book describes how the Israelites were prevented from
entering the Promised Land because many did not believe
in God. When the people criticised him, they were severely
punished which led to a rebellion against Moses.
This book explains how, by understanding God’s promises
and acts in history, individuals can learn more about his
character. It suggests that people have to choose to follow
his teachings otherwise God will bring harm to them. People
must also teach their children in God’s ways.
This book describes how God helps people when they obey
him, how he helps them to fight battles more successfully
than military power, money, muscle or cleverness. It
tells of how Joshua used God strength to successfully
defeat the city of Jericho.
This tells us about how there are many ‘earthly rewards’ for
people who don’t believe completely in their faith.
These could be wealth, power, influence and fame. God tells
us however, that this goes against his teachings and will
lead to disaster.
This book tells us of the story of Ruth, who shows an extremely
strong moral character. She leaves her homeland and relations
to stay with her mother-in-law to look after her. They
meet an equally generous man, Boaz, who helps them. This
book is to show Christians how to make difficult decisions.
This tells us how the Israelites prospered as long as they
regarded God as their true King. God had not wanted to
be thought of as a King and he chose other people to
be judges, priests, and prophets and kings. This worked
well as long as the people he chose were obedient to
him. These included Samuel and David.
This tells of how successful a king David was. However
it also tells of how David did have some sins, and did
not try to sort them out. Eventually his sins ruined
himself, his family and the nation. The book tells Christians
to sort out their mistakes and errors before they become
too big and mess up their lives.
This tells us about Solomon’s temple and how beautiful
it was. However, that did not make everybody who worshipped
there, necessarily believe everything they were told. Eventually,
people came to worship more, the beauty and expense of
the building and contents, rather than God himself. These
material things were described as ‘false gods’.
This book tells the story of Elisha and how he tried to
restore the respect for God and his message. However,
only 20% of Israel and Judah’s kings followed god,
the others imported other religions and priests and the
good kings had to spend a lot of time undoing the problems
that the bad ones created. Eventually, in 586BC, the
Assyrians destroyed the country that God had given the
This book is the first part of the complete story of the
Israelites and their heroes, who have been mentioned in
all the previous books of the bible. It gives a ‘who’s
who’ of all the main characters and also places special
emphasis on the Royal family of David.
This is the second part of the story of the Israelites.
The writer has tried to make the story into a lesson
on how to worship God, for the reader. He does this by
reminding the people of their past.
God shows his mercy in this book by returning the land
of Israel to the Israelites. Zerubbabel led the people
in rebuilding the temple, and Ezra helped by preaching
the scriptures to them, allowing them to understand what
they must do to keep their country
This tells us how, although the temple was rebuilt, the
city walls of Jerusalem, which kept out the enemies,
were still in ruins. Ezra and Nehemiah prayed to God
to help them rebuild them and with Gods guidance the
work was done.
This tells us of the story of Job. God tested his faith,
by causing him to lose his possessions, his health and
his children. His friends all thought this had happened
because he had been bad, but Gods lesson was to allow
him to understand, that even when there was nothing left
for him on Earth, he still had God.
These are a collection of prayers praising God, appreciating
him, thanking him, asking for forgiveness, and expressing
God’s greatness. They are divided up into 5 smaller
books, not organised by topic, but mainly by the authors.
This book gives advice on developing personal relationships
with friends, family members and co-workers. It describes
that, what is said, shows the real attitude towards others
and that speech is a test of how wise an individual has
This details the story of Solomon looking back over his
life. He realises and how much of it was not spent following
Gods orders and advice, and describes how empty it is to
pursue the pleasures of this life rather than being Gods
friend for ever.
Song of Solomon
This is a wedding song honouring marriage. It describes
how love between a married couple is very special.
This book generally describes the message of what sin is.
This includes corruption as well as breaking the 10 commandments.
It also describes forgiveness, comfort and hope to people
who have recognised their sins. The message of hope describes
the coming of a Messiah, his exalted position and his
This tells the story of Jeremiah who was a priest and prophet,
and how he confronts many Israelites with their sins,
telling them that God will punish them. The book describes
how many of his prophesies come true and again mentions
the destruction of the nation in 586 BC.
This book acts as a warning to the reader that to disobey
God is to invite disaster and destruction. It tells of
how Jerusalem is destroyed and all the citizens killed,
tortured or taken captive to work as slaves.
This tells of how many of the other nations who were around
at the time; decide that the Israeli God must be very
weak and unimportant to have allowed Jerusalem to be
conquered. Ezekiel tells them that this was a punishment,
and that the same fate could happen to them if they continued
to laugh at God.
When Ezekiel was helping the captive Israelites, Daniel
was a wise man for King Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel refused
to worship pictures of the king, or to eat his food saying
that he would only worship God. His punishment was to
be thrown into a pit with hungry lions. With Gods help,
the lions did not eat him, and the king realised that
God was more powerful than himself.
This story is about Hosea and his unfaithful wife Gomer.
God had wanted Hosea to marry Gomer and to continue loving
her, even when she lost interest in Hosea. God was trying
to show Hosea that he still loved the people of Israel
even though they had lost interest in him too.
This is a short book and tells Christians to stop living
wicked lives. It reminds them of the plague of locusts
that God sent to Egypt, and that Gods punishment to Christians
will be far greater.
Another short book about Amos, who realised the error of
his ways and asked God’s forgiveness. He went on
to tell everyone how sinful they were and really annoyed
the priests and kings. The book tells of just how much
courage he needed to do this.
The book of Obadiah tells of an ancient feud between the
people of Edom and the Israelites. Edom had always felt
superior to the people of Israel but became overconfident,
and were subsequently destroyed.
God asked Jonah to perform a task, which Jonah did not
want to do, so he ran away to sea instead. God then created
a storm in which the boat that Jonah was sailing on began
to sink. Jonah jumped into the sea to save the rest of
the crew, and was eventually saved having apologised
In Micah’s book, he preaches to Christians like a
lawyer, telling them what they have done or not done that
is upsetting God. He tells them that the day of judgement
is coming and offers to help anyone who asks for forgiveness.
This tells the story of how God punished the Assyrians
and their city of Nineveh. God had felt that the Assyrians
were too arrogant and therefore had to be destroyed.
Nahum writes that anyone who is arrogant and resists
Gods authority will be punished.
Habakkuk was a prophet in Judah (the southern half of the
promised land) but he questioned God as to why God used
the Babylonians to punish the people of Judah. God’s
reply was that he would destroy the Babylonians as well,
once they had conquered Judah.
King Josiah of Judah was attempting to correct the mistakes
and sins that the previous kings of Judah had made. He
did very well and was helped in his task by Zephaniah.
After the people of Judah who had been captured by the
Babylonians returned to Judah, the first thing that they
did was to start rebuilding the temple. However the work
slowed and came to a halt when other things distracted
them. Haggai was one of the people that got them back
on task until the temple was completed.
As in the previous book, this one tells of the rebuilding
of the temple in Judah after the return of the prisoners
from Babylon. Zechariah encouraged them to finish building
it too, however he also prophesised a messiah that would
come and rule the kingdom in the future.
This is another version of the story of the rebuilding
of the temple in Judah after the prisoners returned from
Babylon. Malachi particularly criticised the priests
for their lack of leadership and guidance in the rebuilding.
story is about a man who refused to do what God asked
him, and was swallowed alive by a whale. He was only released
when he apologised to God.
story tells of how God created the world and the order
in which he created everything during six days. He then
rested on the seventh day.
is the story of Moses and the Israelites when the were
living as slaves of the Egyptians. It tells the stories
of the plagues and famines that God sent, to help Moses
get his people released.
is a collection of poems and songs praising God
is the story of the man whom God chose to help him to
select the king of the Israelites. Ultimately David was
the man chosen.
book tells us of a man who was thrown into a pit of lions
for praying to God. God ensured that the lions did not
is the story of a young woman who chose to stay with,
and help her dead husband's mother, return many thousands
of miles to her own home, rather than find another husband
who would look after her.
tells the story of how a man caused the city walls of
Jericho to collapse, allowing the Israelites to seize
is the story of a strange dream that a young man had.
He dreamt that angels came down from the sky to tell him
that God felt he was being forgotten by the Israelites.
This is a collection
of stories, the most famous one being about an extremely
strong man and how he was betrayed by his girlfriend and
lost his strength.