Learning the Books of the Old Testament — It’s not hard!

24th March, 2009 - Posted by Claire Larsen - 1 Comment

The names are hard to pronouce and even harder to remember. Thirty-nine books of the Old Testament — but it’s really very easy to memorize them. You just have to make it simple. Start by remembering this: 5 – 12 – 5- 5-12.

5 – Books of Moses commonly called the Pentateuch

      Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy

      By the end of Deuteronomy, the Israelites are in the Promised Land.

12 - Books of History broken down into three parts:

     3 books before the kings (Joshua, Judges, Ruth)

     6 books about the kings (1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings, 1-2 Chronicles)

     3 books after the kings (Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther)

5 – Books of Poetry

     Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Song of Songs, and Ecclesiastes

5 – Books of Major Prophets

      Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, and Daniel

12 – Books of Minor Prophets

         These are the hardest books to learn so break them down

         in groups of four.

         Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah

         Jonah, Micah, Naham, Habakkuk

         Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

Another easy way to organize the books is this: 17 – 5 – 17.

17   Books – Bible History

        5 books - history from the beginning of the world until Moses

       12 books – history of Israel from entering the Promised Land

          until the end of the Old Testament

5    Books – Bible Poetry

17  Books – Bible Prophets

      5 books of major prophets

      12 books of minor prophets

See, that wasn’t so hard. Knowing this simple breakdown and being able to say the books in order makes learning the Bible narrative so much easier.

1 Comment


April 4th, 2009 at 12:18 pm    

That’s helpful to know!
Isn’t there a song that is commonly used as well to help memorize the OT?

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