Have you gone to a place where you had never been before?
A trip to a new place can be fun. But it can also be frightening. You could get lost because you do not know your way. The Travel Guide is like a map to the Bible. It can get you on the right track while you read.
Map of the Bible
The Travel Guide is like a map. It is like the map that a friend might draw on a small piece of paper. It is a 'map' to help you understand the Bible. It will not tell you everything about the Bible. But it will help you find your way as you read the Bible book-by-book.
The Bible is a large book made up of many smaller books. You may want to look at this map before you start reading a new book of the Bible. The map will help you look for the important people and places in each book.
Pick up where you left off.
This part will introduce you to the Bible. These parts will tell you what the Bible is all about. They tell you where it came from. They tell you why it is important.Start Reading
The Books of Moses
These books tell the story of the beginning. They tell about the beginning of the heavens and the earth. And they tell about the beginning of the nation of Israel*. These books also include the laws that God gave to Moses to guide the people.Start Reading
The Books of History
The next books are books of history. Each book tells a part of Israel’s* story. The first book of history is the book of Joshua. His story begins just after the death of Moses. The last book of history is the book of Esther. Her story takes place almost 900 years after the stories in Joshua. These books of history show how God kept his promises to Israel*.Start Reading
The Books of Poetry
We call the next part of the Old Testament* the ‘wisdom’ books. Sometimes, we call these the books of poetry. The books are filled with wise words, as well as psalms* and poems to help the people worship* God.Start Reading
The Books of the Major Prophets*
In the times of the last kings of Israel, the people were not following God. So God sent prophets* to call the people to return to God. They warned them that if they did not return to God, he would punish them. But the prophets* also reminded them that God would not forget them. And that God always keeps his promises. One day, he would bring them back to the land. One day, God would send them a saviour*.Start Reading
The Books of the Minor Prophets*
In the times of the prophets*, the people were not following God. So God sent prophets* to warn the people that God was not pleased with them. If they did not return to follow God, he would remove them from the land he had given them. But they also told them that God would not forget them. One day, he would give bring them back to the land. One day, God would send them a saviour*.Start Reading
These books tell us that the promises of the prophets* have now come true. God did send a saviour,* the Messiah.* The Gospels tell us the story of Jesus.* They give us a record of what he did and what he said. Each Gospel tells us about Jesus’ life, his death, and the fact that he rose from the dead. But they are not all the same. Each of the Gospels tells that story in a different way.Start Reading
The Book of History
We call the next book ‘the Acts’. Acts is a book of history. The book tells the story of how the people who believed in Jesus spread the good news. They told the entire ancient world the good news about Jesus.Start Reading
The Letters of Paul
This is part of ‘the epistles*’. The word epistles* means ‘letters’. A leader of the new church*, named Paul, wrote these letters. These letters tell the readers how to live as God’s people. The letters remind them that God will keep his promises.Start Reading
The General Letters
This is part of ‘the epistles*’. The word epistles* means ‘letters’. The leaders of the new church* wrote these letters. Peter, James, and John wrote most of the general letters. These letters tell the readers how to live as God’s people. The letters remind them that God will keep his promises.Start Reading
The Book of Prophecy
This book talks about the future. It tells the story about a man named John. He had a dream, or a revelation*, from God. God showed John many strange things. His book tells about the time that Jesus will return to the earth. It shows us that Jesus will win over evil*. It tells of a new heaven* and a new earth.Start Reading