Books of the Bible (sorted by genre)

The Bible was written in many literary genres. Some books are historical accounts, others are letters, and a few of them are songbooks. Here’s a high-level breakdown of the books of the Bible by literary genre.


Documents defining God’s relationship with Israel


The history of Israel, Jesus, and the church

History of Israel:

The story of Jesus (called “gospels”)

Church history


Wisdom, worship, and contemplation


God reaching out through His spokespeople


Epistles sent to people and churches

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