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.

Pentateuch

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.

Gospels

Matthew, written by Matthew

Mark, written by John Mark

Luke, written by Luke

John, written by John, the Apostle

History

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)

Prophecy

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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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bernard baidoo January 6, 2016 at 3:05 am

God bless you

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richard nmeregini February 6, 2016 at 3:58 am

I WAS BLESSED RICHLY, GOING THRU THE AUTHORS OF THE BIBLE. AMEN TO THAT

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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.

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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.

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Neville August 25, 2016 at 9:01 am

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

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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.

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Matthew December 8, 2017 at 4:08 am

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

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Pescilina neema March 19, 2018 at 11:56 pm

This has really helped me…thank you so much

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Jeff March 23, 2018 at 2:56 pm

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

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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.

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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.

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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: https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/what-will-christians-be-doing-in-heaven/

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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.

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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…?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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