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The Book Of Books

Byblos was the Greek-language name (used by both Greeks and Romans - see Ancient Empires - Greece and Ancient Empires - Rome) for Gebal, an ancient seaport in Lebanon (see also Phoenicia). It was a major manufacturer and exporter of papyrus, a tall reed-like plant that grows in swamps and along rivers, that was used to make writing material - and hence, books. While the English word Bible is derived from Byblos, meaning "the papyrus," or "the book," the Holy Bible is actually a Book of Books.

The Hebrew Scriptures, or Old Testament

Miriam The Old Testament is composed of 39 books - 17 historical, 5 poetic, 17 prophetic. Their order, relative size, and authors are:

Historical (47% of the Old Testament)

Poetic (22% of the Old Testament)

Prophetic (31% of the Old Testament)

The New Testament

The New Testament is composed of the 4 Gospels, the Book of Acts, 21 Epistles (letters), and the Book of Revelation. Their order, relative size, and authors are:

The 4 Gospels (43% of the New Testament)

The Book of Acts (12% of the New Testament)

  • Acts - 28 chapters, probably Luke

The 21 Epistles (38% of the New Testament)

The Book of Revelation (7% of the New Testament)

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