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Introductions to the Books of the Old Testament

This page contains links to articles which give helpful information about each of the books in the Old Testament. Each article includes information about the author and date of the book, together with relevant historical background information to set the book into its original context, as well as a description of the main themes of the book.

The links are listed in the same order as in the English Old Testament. Some books are covered in pairs, as this was their form in the Hebrew Canon: 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, and Ezra & Nehemiah. Ultimately, I plan to add introductions to all thirty-nine books. At present, the introductions all but two of the books of the OT are included.

Hebrew Scriptures

The Hebrew Scriptures

A list of the books in the Hebrew Scriptures, showing the difference in order from the Christian Old Testament

Pentateuch

Genesis
Exodus
Leviticus
Numbers
Deuteronomy

History books

Joshua
Judges
Ruth
1 & 2 Samuel
1 & 2 Kings
1 & 2 Chronicles
Ezra & Nehemiah
Esther

Wisdom

Job
Psalms
Proverbs

Major prophets

Isaiah
Jeremiah
Lamentations
Ezekiel
Daniel

Minor prophets

Hosea
Joel
Amos
Jonah
Micah
Obadiah
Nahum
Habakkuk
Zephaniah
Haggai
Zechariah
Malachi