Books of The Bible: Complete List With Authors

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Many people like to memorize the list of the books of the Bible in the order they are found in their version of the Scriptures. This helps to find books and verses more quickly, and I encourage everyone who wants to use their Bible more effectively to do so.

But, how about memorizing the authors along with the books? Bible believers believe that God wrote the Bible using human writers. Learning who these writers were would give you a better understanding of the perspective of the book; assuming you know a little bit about the author.

In some cases the author is not absolutely known. I will first list the name of the commonly accepted author. If there are multiple people who possibly authored the book I will list them in descending order of common acceptance. There is much debate on some of the authors and probably won’t be definitively answered by us here, but you are welcome to comment as to why you think a certain person was the author of a particular book.

Old Testament

In the English Bible the Old Testament is arranged in groups based on the type of book. They are then arranged chronologically within their grouping. That means that some books towards the end of the Old Testament (in the section of the prophets) actually fit chronologically earlier in the Old Testament with the books of history.


These are the books of the Law. These are also called the Books of Moses. This includes the first five books:

Genesis, written by Moses

Exodus, written by Moses

Leviticus, written by Moses

Numbers, written by Moses

Deuteronomy, written by Moses

The Books of History

The Books of history are so named because they contain historical records and these books include:

Joshua, written by Joshua (except the parts relating to his death)

Judges, written by Samuel, Nathan, Gad

Ruth, written by Samuel, Nathan, Gad

1 Samuel, written by Samuel, Nathan, Gad

2 Samuel, written by Samuel, Nathan, Gad

1 Kings, written by Jeremiah

2 Kings, written by Jeremiah

1 Chronicles, written by Ezra

2 Chronicles, written by Ezra

Ezra, written by Ezra

Nehemiah, written by Nehemiah, Ezra

Esther, written by Mordecai: It is probable that the book was compiled after his death based on his personal records

The Books Poetry

Bible believers believe that God wrote the Bible using human writers.

Bible believers believe that God wrote the Bible using human writers.

Also called the books of Writings include the following books:

Job, written by Job: Moses may have compiled the book based on Job’s records

Psalms, written by David, and several others including Asaph, Ezra, the sons of Korah, Heman, Ethan, Moses and a host of unnamed authors

Proverbs, written by Solomon: Agur and Lemuel are specifically named as the writers of Proverbs 30 and 31

Ecclesiastes, written by Solomon

Song of Solomon (also known as, Song of Songs or Canticles), written by Solomon: though this is debated

Major Prophets

The Major Prophets are so named because their books are longer, not because they are more important.

Isaiah, written by Isaiah

Jeremiah, written by Jeremiah

Lamentations, written by Jeremiah

Ezekiel, written by Ezekiel

Daniel, written by Daniel

Minor Prophets

The Minor Prophets are so named because they are shorter not because they are less important.

Hosea, written by Hosea

Joel, written by Joel

Amos, written by Amos

Obadiah, written by Obadiah

Jonah, written by Jonah

Micah, written by Micah

Nahum, written by Nahum

Habakkuk, written by Habakkuk

Zephaniah, written by Zephaniah

Haggai, written by Haggai

Zechariah, written by  Zechariah

Malachi, written by Malachi

New Testament

The New Testament is also divided into groups. All of these books were written in the first century AD.


Matthew, written by Matthew

Mark, written by John Mark

Luke, written by Luke

John, written by John, the Apostle


Acts, written by Luke

Pauline Epistles

Romans, written by Paul

1 Corinthians, written by Paul

2 Corinthians, written by Paul

Galatians, written by Paul

Ephesians, written by Paul

Philippians, written by Paul

Colossians, written by Paul

1 Thessalonians, written by Paul

2 Thessalonians, written by Paul

1 Timothy, written by Paul

2 Timothy, written by Paul

Titus, written by Paul

Philemon, written by Paul

General Epistles

Hebrews, written by Paul, Luke, Barnabas, Apollos

James, written by James: there are several men named James who could have been the author. Most scholars say this is James the brother of Jesus and Jude (not the Apostle, brother of John).

1 Peter, written by Peter

2 Peter, written by Peter

1 John, written by John, the Apostle

2 John, written by John, the Apostle

3 John, written by John, the Apostle

Jude, written by Jude, the brother of Jesus and James, not the Apostle (Jude 17)


Revelation, written by John, the Apostle

One of the projects I remember from Bible college that came up often was to do research to show why it is believed that certain men wrote each book. I always enjoyed these projects and studying about the various ways scholars make a connection to a certain author. Of course, many of the books are very clear whom the author is because we are told in the book itself.

Then there is the book of Hebrews which gives no clear indication as to who the author might have been. Most people believe it was Paul because of how many other books in the same genre he wrote. However, Hebrews was written to the Jews and Paul focused his ministry on reaching Gentiles. The style of writing is not quite like Paul’s either. Yet, if Paul were to write a book with a purely Jewish audience in mind, it would probably come out to be written just like the book of Hebrews is.

I realize there are people who debate the authorship of various books for the purpose of tearing down the authority of the Bible. That is not my purpose here. It is simply to help you see that God used real people to pen His Word; and sometimes we don’t know who it was that God used. Regardless of who you believe wrote the book of Hebrews, or any other book, the important thing is to trust the content of God’s Word. He wants to have a relationship with man. He does this through His Holy Scriptures.

Want to read more about the history of the Bible? Take a look:

Why the Bible is Called the Bible

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Derek Hill July 30, 2013 at 4:37 pm

David, thank you for this awesome list of the books and authors! I didn’t realize some of the people that may have been included as authors, like Apollos. God bless you!


Jack Wellman July 30, 2013 at 4:46 pm

I agree with Derek. I knew some of these but not all of these. Thanks for helping me learn more about the Bible David.


Joel July 31, 2013 at 12:20 am

Well done sir!
Recently, I think its already been 2 months that I and my friend also make a list of the books in the bible. We make in to columns of 4. We named each columns, 1st “Book”, 2nd Name of “Authors”, 3rd Approximate “Covered Years” the book was written and the last 4th columns is for the “Category” (Prophecy, Poetry, Letters, History, Etc.) My friend asked me this for his School of Leaders training in their church and it is useful for us. I will review my lists and make a revision if I have missed ones in my lists. Thank you sir this wonderful lists.


Dave April 10, 2019 at 3:30 am

Hello Joel. Could you please Share with us the list you and your mate compiled regarding authors of the books in the bible


Abhi April 11, 2020 at 4:30 am

Hey Joel, can you please share the table at [email protected]. It would be very helpful for me while reading scripture. Thanks in advance.


HATEGEKIMANA DANIEL October 1, 2021 at 7:26 am

Dear Joel,

Could you please share with me that table that you elaborated , it will be much valuable to me?

Thank you


Joel July 31, 2013 at 12:36 am

Sir David,
Just want to ask if what is the appropriate to say for Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. In our lists we categorized it as History. In your list you say it’s a “GOSPEL”. I beleive that I have so much learn from you sir. Thanks! in Christ, Joel


Stephen March 15, 2020 at 12:30 pm

God bless you Joel its the books of the gospel….you were right as is the History of the Gospel. The Good News(Gospel). Jesus Christ is the gospel.


bernard baidoo January 6, 2016 at 3:05 am

God bless you


richard nmeregini February 6, 2016 at 3:58 am



Frank C Sloan August 9, 2016 at 6:14 pm

I am teaching foundations classes for new believers. This list is very helpful as I am establishing the class in handling the bible and knowing its functions. also getting the grounded in the word of God. I hope it is ok to use this list in it’s entirety as I am giving you credit for it. Thank you so much for making this available.


Jack Wellman August 9, 2016 at 6:45 pm

Thanks great Mr. Sloan. Thank you for asking. Hope it helps the new believers. Love the idea of this class.


Neville August 25, 2016 at 9:01 am

Mr. David thanks for that update now i know all the authors of the Bible.


Esmeralda August 25, 2017 at 10:05 pm

Started family Bible study. We are starting with learning the books and who wrote them. Thank you for your great information. God Bless you and keep writing.


Matthew December 8, 2017 at 4:08 am

This isn’t exactly why I’m here also! Yay us!


Pescilina neema March 19, 2018 at 11:56 pm

This has really helped me…thank you so much


Jeff March 23, 2018 at 2:56 pm

Is there an article teaching or showing each of these author’s specific assignments. Thnaks


Jack Wellman March 23, 2018 at 2:59 pm

Hello Jeff. I don’t know of any book that answers the question to which assignment each author had in writing their books, however, we know that Matthew was written to the Jews, as was Hebrews, and Galatians was written for Gentiles, and Mark wrote His gospel (which was the Apostle Peter’s account) to be a quick read about Jesus’ ministry, and so on. You asked a great question. Wished I could be of more help sir.


Jackie March 31, 2018 at 9:10 am

Recently the current Pope said there is no hell, that people die and do not live afterwards as Christians will. Your thoughts? Some doubt Jesus ever was. I truly believe in the Holy Trinity, Father, Son, Holy Spirit. My question is “how long must we wait for the return of God?” Who can say if there is heaven or hell, once dead no one can answer, some say the bible and church do this to collect monies? Others say God knows the exact number of hairs on your head? Faith is what will take you to heaven? What will we do in heaven in the way of work? Lots of questions here I know, but if you have answers, please explain all.


Jack Wellman March 31, 2018 at 10:50 am

Thank you Jackie. The Pope never actually said there is no hell but the Vatican has denied that Pope Francis told a well-known Italian journalist that “there is no hell”. The quote came in an article in Italy’s La Repubblica daily. But the Vatican said “no quotations” in the article so there is no evidence the Pope ever said that. As for hell? Who knows whether there is a hell or not? Who can say that? Jesus can and God can in His Word. Jesus spoke more about hell than heaven because it is a real place. As for what will we do in heaven, have you talked with your pastor about this? Maybe you can have a Bible study over this in your church. As for what will we do in heaven, please read this:


Thomas M Jayabhai March 31, 2018 at 1:49 pm

I would like to comment on the Authors of the Books of the Bible and referring to the Book of Daniel. The fourth chapter of Daniel, I believe was written by King Nebuchadnezzar himself. All the sentences are in first person singular. I would like to hear comments from other readers on this subject.


Wayne Broadway April 24, 2018 at 6:54 pm

My question was, who wrote the book of Job. You listed every book in the bible except Job. Does your bible not contain the book of Job…?


Jack Wellman April 24, 2018 at 8:09 pm

That’s a great question Mr. Broadway. Of course, we know the Holy Spirit moved men of old to record the very words of God, so ultimately, God wrote the Book of Job, but who dictated under the Spirit of God is another question. Most scholars believe it was Job himself or a contemporary of Job, like Elihu. Some believe Solomon may have written it, but it could well have been Moses because the people mentioned in the Book of Job were living around the time of Abraham, so we know Moses wrote Genesis so this was the time frame of the Book of Job, said to be the oldest book of the Bible.


Daniel Goodrich September 15, 2018 at 12:52 pm

Wonderful resource, thank you so much! If I may, a question that came to mind.

Should not the Book of Revelation be Gospel? Prophecy yes, but it is His Word directly. Yeshua, Jesus Christ. So if it’s a Prophet writing the book. I mean, why would Daniel be writing the book and get listed under prophet (yet it’s prophecy he speaks) however John writes the book and it’s under Prophecy. Um, doesn’t that make John a prophet too? Let’s be real, there’s a lot of prophecy in the Book of Revelation coming true as we speak… it’s no longer future tense, we’re in it.

“As it was in the days of Noah” Matthew 24. How was it in the days of Noah? We look to Moses to tell us… that’s history. However he also wrote Deuteronomy 18v10 – just look how prevelant and accepted witchcraft has become. Do a quick search and look at all the news and new shows putting it right on TV. But I digress…

In my humble opinion, the prophecy in Revelation is coming to pass, and is passing. Do we know the day? Nope, and we won’t just as He said, but He also said, “watch” Matthew 25v13.

I love you all.


Jack Wellman September 15, 2018 at 1:57 pm

Thank you Mr. Goodrich. I appreciate your comment very much sir. I see your point on the Book of Revelation as it does contation the gospel. It is really the Revelation of Jesus Christ given to the Apostle John (Rev 1:1-2) but yu bring up important points.


Helen Allison January 21, 2019 at 2:46 pm

Way back in the 1400-1500s when the Bible was being transcribed there were books of the Bible that were not put into the Bible’s of today. What were they, why were they left out and who wrote them. I believe that if God had wanted them to be included they would be – but other people do not agree with me. As the last chapter of Revelation explains – we should not add or take anything away from this Bible. That is my reason for asking about those books. I know there must have been a good reason for not including them. Thank you.


Jack Wellman January 21, 2019 at 2:54 pm

Well said Mrs. Allison. You are certainly correct that they had good reason to not include them. Thank you for your comment.


James Dagadu April 4, 2019 at 4:19 am

Some of the books where written by two or three people, did they sit together to write them or they wrote them differently and someone compiled them. Example; Psalms, Nehemiah, Ruth,
1&2 Samuel and Judges.

James Dagadu


Jack Wellman April 4, 2019 at 8:50 am

Hello friend. Ultimately, the Holy Spirit moved men to write the books of the Bible, but it was not their writings. God only used them to write them, but you bring up a good point sir. Thank you so kindly.


David Hooper July 4, 2019 at 9:48 am

I am yet to find a list the acknowledges the author of the fourth chapter of Daniel. Yes, I’m sure it was put in there by Daniel when he compiled his writings, but it was written by the emperor of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar (or Nebuchadrezzar as he is called now). Is it not his testimony? His salvation story?


Jack Wellman July 4, 2019 at 11:13 am

I am not sure what you are saying sir. Do you mean that where do you see that this chapter was written by Nebuchadrezzar? ALL Scripture is written under the inspiration and by the Holy Spirit…no man ever wrote a BIble verse…it is all God…just as this computer never wrote a thing by but the hand of the owner. Even if it says, “I King Nebuchadnezzar” it was likely recorded by Daniel, but again…Daniel was only an instrument on the hands of the Holy Spirit, so in the end, all Scripture is authored by God, the Holy Spirit.


Thomas Petersen June 13, 2020 at 4:33 pm

Although I agree with you Jack, that’s a bit of a non-answer. David, yes, Danial 4 is written in the 1st person. They are Nebu’s words: his testimony. We don’t know who was at the pen every word of every book. Danial just as well might have had an assistant writing Danial’s down, or he wrote it himself, or both. The question of authorship is who words are they? Who’s testimony? Who is the witness? John the Baptist pointed to Jesus, and Jesus to His Father in Heaven. So to did Nebuchadrezzar point to his God. Nebuchadrezzar is the auther of Danial 4, and by the Spirit did he proclaim His works!!!


Jack Wellman June 13, 2020 at 6:22 pm

I see your point Mr. Peterson but who recorded that chapter for inclusion in his book? Daniel! The traditional Jewish and Christian identification of the author of the book of Daniel is, of course, Daniel himself. All biographical details about Daniel in the book are taken at face value: he was a young member of the Judean nobility, deported to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar in the year 605 BC, who quickly found favor with the Babylonian court for his wisdom, and subsequently became an interpreter of dreams and had prophetic dreams of his own.

The entire book is obviously the work of one writer. . . . . If Daniel is named as the one who received certain revelations, it follows that he must be the author of the whole book. Therefore the book purports to have been written in the sixth century before Christ. It claims to be the fruit of the ministry of a Jewish captive named Daniel who occupied high positions in the courts of the kings who ruled Mesopotamia. The book’s claims are bolstered by the fact that the historical context of Daniel is the Babylonian and Persian empires, and not the Hellenistic world of the second century when critics date the book. Daniel writes much of this in the first person…as himself (i.e. Dan 12).

Furthermore, the Book of Daniel identifies the Prophet Daniel as its author (Daniel 9:2; 10:2). Jesus mentions Daniel as the author as well (Matthew 24:15; Mark 13:14). The Book of Daniel records the actions, prophecies, and visions of the Prophet Daniel and who would better know the Prophet Daniel than the Prophet Daniel!

What the bottom line is the Holy Spirit is the Author of Scripture as men were moved by the Spirit to record the words that God intended be written. Human authors are only agents or deliverers of God’s Words…not the originators or authors of Scripture as you already know sir. Thank you for your comment.


Liz Manyonge July 16, 2019 at 4:06 am

Hi, I feel blessed coz I didn’t know about the authors but now I know.


SALAH ali July 26, 2019 at 12:00 am

Thank You for the clear explanation.


Caleb Kailash Chhetri August 7, 2019 at 5:11 am

To learn more


Jane Nnah September 29, 2019 at 6:41 am

Thank you so much
Always thought Solomon was the only author for the book of proverbs and David alone also wrote psalms.
This is very helpful


William Guyn October 4, 2019 at 4:29 pm

Thank you for that awesome information, it was very helpful.


Florence Egbeyale November 7, 2019 at 12:15 pm

This is surely misleading. These views are incorrect


Jack Wellman November 7, 2019 at 2:22 pm

Hello Florence. In what way is this misleading and incorrect views. Can you be more specific than just critizing this article? Can you show just cause for your negative comments? Thank you.


Florence Egbeyale August 5, 2020 at 9:59 am

He clarifies the standpoint from which he wrote this unknowingly to me when I commented. I took this for an academic views but this is faith based.


Jack Wellman August 5, 2020 at 11:20 am

Thank you.


JP May 7, 2020 at 4:58 am

Yes Please do explain further… why do you believe this is misleading Florence?
I’m grateful for the time that was put in to help educate us further. For the longest time I believed (coz that’s how I was taught) that David was the only one who wrote the psalms but how enlightening to discover God spoke in such ways through others also.


Florence Egbeyale August 5, 2020 at 9:17 am

Well, I am sorry if my comment sounds quite harsh and nonconstructive. I believe the given views are based on a particular perspective and context which I did not realize before commenting on the post.


Jack Wellman August 5, 2020 at 9:38 am

Thank you Florence for your kind words to JP.


Muracienne Venescar December 1, 2019 at 4:25 am

Nehemiah is missing


Jack Wellman December 1, 2019 at 6:22 am

Hello friend and thank you for your comment, but you must not have read the entire article since it does say “Nehemiah, written by Nehemiah” so it is not missing, despite your comment so you are wrong my friend.


EDIDIONG INYANGABIA December 3, 2019 at 2:15 pm

Thank you Sir and God blessings be with you.
I am grateful for the write up. I can now answer all questions in both Old and New Testament Survey for My Assignment in the Bible College.
Thanks Sir


Jack Wellman December 3, 2019 at 3:36 pm

I am glad this helped you my friend. Thank you for the encouragement.


Winniefred December 5, 2019 at 6:11 pm

This has been really informative. Thank you Sir and more so thank you for responding to all questions and feedback in love , kindness and understanding. God bless you Sir


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Onyango March 2, 2020 at 12:41 am

Am a Sunday school teacher I think this is so helpful to me thanks bro


Enoch Vegu September 21, 2020 at 10:58 pm

Hello Sir
Thank you very much for the list. I was really amazed by learning them. I myself have tried to search for the authors but didn’t successful with it. But now I was able to understand.

Thank you.


Ezhil September 22, 2020 at 6:55 pm

Good job and God bless you praise the Lord


Ability Ekpo October 10, 2020 at 6:17 am

This is quite inspiring, insightful and informative to me as it helps me in my assignment in the Bible College. God bless you with more wisdom, understanding and grace.


Kennedy Ayris Watson December 1, 2020 at 12:13 am

Thank you so much! Very helpful, God bless you.


Mbonu Sampson February 2, 2021 at 3:24 am

Thanks for this article. It is quite revelatory and helpful. God bless you sir


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C. Krob June 21, 2021 at 3:12 pm

The gospels were written in Greek. Matthew, Mark, Luke nor John knew the language or had the education to write so eloquently. Although written as though they were first hand witnesses, the dating of earliest manuscripts is 30 to 50 years after Jesus’ death and it is unlikely anyone could recite verbatim what was actually said. However, that is what is claimed. Can you, as a reader, quote verbatim what was said in your presence 30-50 years ago?


Jack Wellman June 21, 2021 at 3:57 pm

Hello C. Krob. The fact is, all Scripture is inspired by God (2 Tim 3:16; 2 Pet 1:20-25); Psalm 118:89), so it is not the work of man nor of the Greek who wrote down these eye witness accounts, but God and the Bible has been preserved for us and has sufficient knowledge by which we can be saved. The doubts you must have are understandable, but the more you research how the Bible was put together you will see that God’s divine and providential hand was upon it all the time. We can trust what we read today as the Bible. The question is, can you trust the Bible and take it at it’s Word by trusting in Jesus Christ and receiving eternal life? That’s the most important question anyone can ever face. Have you trusted in Him today? Thank you for your comment. Here is more on the veracity and inerrancy of Scripture:


Miichel Daniels July 9, 2021 at 1:00 pm

Why does the person that wrote this article assume that because a particular book in the Bible claims to be written by a certain author, it really was written by that person?! There are numerous books of the NT alone, that are pseudoepigrapha, and there is no evidence whatsoever that the Torah was written by Moses (especially when he talks about his own death in it).

This article would NEVER stand up to scrutiny in a court of law. So it should not do so here without proper evidencing!


Jack Wellman July 9, 2021 at 1:43 pm

Hello Mr. Daniels. There is overwhelming evidence that Moses wrote the Torah. Most agree this is his workmanship. You said that there are “numerous books of the NT alone, that are pseudoepigrapha.” Could you name some? I know of those that have been found have been exposed to be frauds and others are satanic, but the 66 books of the Bible we now have we can be sure is the Word of God and the Orthodox Jews do not accept the Apocrypha books just as Christians reject them. They are unsound, theologically and full of doctrinal and historical errors. May I suggest this article that asks the questions, “How Do We Know the Bible is True? Is it Really the Word of God/” and then shows that indeed it is. As for the Apocrypha books, please read this to show these are not from God: In the end, we conclude all Scripture is God-breathed and not of man, Moses included, but God used these men as He moved the to record His Words.


Abraham July 20, 2021 at 5:28 pm

Thanks brother God bless you and I want to ask which of the moses are you talking about on authors who wrote psalm? Thank you sir.


Jack Wellman July 20, 2021 at 6:38 pm

Thank you Abraham for such a great question sir. Psalm 90 is clearly written by Moses, but Psalm 91 is written by Moses, most scholars agree, and written on the day the Tabernacle was completed.


LENY ABAWAN August 11, 2021 at 5:04 am

Thank you so much Sir for this wonderful article. I just started teaching Bible Class on our women’s coregroup at our small church ministry. The list of books and authors will be very helpful to us. May God richly bless you.


Nivin Verma September 3, 2021 at 1:19 pm

Dear Sir,

Thank you so very much for the write up.
It has helped me a lot for my further studies in the word of God. God bless you and your team.
Glory to God


Claudia Walton October 20, 2021 at 4:01 am

Excellent. Thanks for sharing.


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