Historical books

The historical books are a division of Christian Bibles, grouping 12 (or in some denominations more) books of the Old Testament.[1] It includes[2] the Former Prophets from the Nevi'im and two of the ungrouped books of Ketuvim of the Hebrew Bible together with the Book of Ruth and the Book of Esther which in the Hebrew are both found in the Five Megillot. These 12 books make up the historical books in the Protestant Bible, but several other books not found in the Hebrew Bible are also included in Catholic and Orthodox Bibles (see the list below for details).

The books provide a history of the Israelites spanning nearly a millennium, from their conquest of Canaan until the return to Zion in 539 BCE. The historical books tell of the entry of the Israelites into the Promised Land after The Exodus, the leadership of the biblical judges, the establishment of the United Monarchy and its subsequent division into the northern Kingdom of Israel and southern Kingdom of Judah, and the Babylonian captivity.[3][4]

The historical books of the Old Testament are not related to the New Testament historical books (the four Gospels and Acts), which rather than the Israelites focus on the life of Jesus Christ and the early history of the Catholic Church.

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The historical books of the main Christian canons are as follows:[5]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Vincent P. Branick (2011). Understanding the Historical Books of the Old Testament. Paulist Press. ISBN 978-0809147281.
  2. ^ Vincent P. Branick (2011). Understanding the Historical Books of the Old Testament. Paulist Press. ISBN 978-0809147281.
  3. ^ Bible.org - 4. The Historical Books
  4. ^ Learn Religions - Historical Books
  5. ^ Introduction to the Historical Books: Strategies for Reading - In Search of the Historical Books