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  Finding Books About the Bible in the Library

To locate a commentary on, or a work about the Bible, or even part of it, one should first understand that the Holy Bible is classified by a system intended to assist a reader to locate particular passages. The most common Bible divisions are book (name), chapter (number) and verse (number). Note that scholars have also established different designations to identify books grouped by genre. It is worthwhile to discover if a biblical book belongs to one of these broader categories.

Some common subdivisions:

Old Testament
Hebrew Bible
The Law = Pentateuch = Five Books of Moses = Torah
The Prophets, including the “Twelve”
The Writings

New Testament
The Gospels
Epistles of Paul
Catholic/General Epistles
Epistles of John
The Apocalypse

Other groupings
Historical Books
Wisdom Literature
Greater/Major Prophets
Lesser/Minor Prophets
Synoptic Gospels
Johannine Literature
Pauline Literature
Apocalyptical Literature

Individual books of the Bible are listed below roughly in canonical order with a common abbreviation (if one exists) in brackets, followed by any alternate titles. For the Latin names of Books in the Bible, see the most recent official Latin edition, the Neo-Vulgate:Nova Vulgata Bibliorum Sacrorum.

[HB] = Books in Hebrew Bible followed by name from the Tanakh, unless it is the same.

[DC] = Deutro-Canonical books, sometimes separated into a group called: The Apocrypha. These Old Testament Apocryphal books are canonical for Catholics, but not for most non-Catholic Christians. Therefore, some versions of the Bible leave these books out all together. Search subject: "Bible. Apocrypha"

  Books of the Old Testament & Commentaries

  Books of the New Testament & Commentaries

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