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Bible Book Introductions Historical Backgrounds, Summaries, Interpretation Hints
Key Verses, Timelines, Main Themes, Outlines and more...

Welcome to our main Bible Book Introductions Page.  This section contains concise background information, summaries, interpretation principles and practical applications for each section and book of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.   See the OT at a Glance and NT at a Glance pages for a brief one or two sentence overview of each book.

For an brief overview of each Bible Section, including an Intertestamental summary, see our Bible Overview Page.

Click on the Section or Book for the writings.  If a link is not active, the corresponding book intro has yet to be uploaded.  We're steadily working (since 2007) to complete the remaining books.

New Testament

Gospel & Historical

Letters of Paul

General Epistles

** Author of Hebrews is Unknown - We group the book with the Pauline Epistles to be consistent with most modern English versions of the Protestant Bibles

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The following resources were consulted in developing the various writings in this section:

  • Annotated Bible, Volume 1-9 - Gaebelein, Arlo C.  Our Hope Press. 1913
  • Bible Knowledge Commentary - Walvoord, John; Zuck Roy.  Scripture Press Publications. 1983
  • Big Book of Bible Difficulties - Geisler, Norman L.; Howe, Thomas A.  Baker Books. 1992
  • Cornerstone Biblical Commentary, 20 Volumes - Various Authors.  Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. 2005-2016
  • Expositor's Bible Commentary, Volume 1-12 - Gaebelein, Frank E.  Zondervan, Inc. 1971-1992
  • ESV Study Bible - Crossway Bibles Publishers. 2008
  • Holman Bible Dictionary - Butler, Trent C.  Holman Bible Publishers. 1991
  • Holman Bible Handbook - Dockery, David S.  Holman Bible Publishers. 1992
  • MacArthur Bible Handbook - MacArthur, John.  Thomas Nelson Publishers. 2003
  • MacArthur Study Bible - MacArthur, John.  Thomas Nelson Publishers. 2006
  • Moody Bible Commentary - Rydelnik, Michael; Vanlaningham, Michael.  Moody Bible Institute of Chicago. 2014
  • Nelson's Complete Book of Bible Maps & Charts: Old and New Testaments - Thomas Nelson Inc. 1996
  • NET Bible, New English Translation - Biblical Studies Press, L.L.C. 1998
  • New American Commentary, 42 Volumes - Various Authors.  Broadman & Holman. 1992-2012
  • New International Commentary on the Old and New Testaments (NICOT/NICNT), 48 Volumes - Various Authors.  Eerdmans. 1974-2016
  • NIV Application Commentary on the Old and New Testaments, 42 Volumes - Various Authors.  Zondervan. 1994-2012
  • NLT Study Bible - Tyndale House Publishers. 2008
  • Reformation Study Bible - Sproul, RC.  Reformation Trust Publishing. 2005, 2015
  • Spirit of the Reformation Study Bible - Pratt, Richard Jr - Zondervan. 2003
  • Understanding the Bible Commentary Series - Various Authors.  Baker Publishing . 2011-2013
  • Willmington's Bible Handbook - Wilmington, Harold L.  Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. 1992

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