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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 overview of each Bible Book, including background information and interpretation rules, see our Bible Study Guide.

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 to complete the remaining books.

Hebrew Scriptures
(Old Testament)

Pentateuch (Books of the Law / Moses)

Historical Books

Books of Wisdom

  • The Books of Wisdom
  • Job
  • Psalms
  • Proverbs
  • Ecclesiastes
  • Song of Solomon

Major Prophets

Minor Prophets

  • The Book of the Twelve
  • Hosea
  • Joel
  • Amos
  • Obadiah
  • Jonah
  • Micah
  • Nahum
  • Habakkuk
  • Zephaniah
  • Haggai
  • Zechariah
  • Malachi

New Testament

Gospel & Historical

Letters of Paul

General Epistles

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Bibliography

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
  • 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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