When you read a book, usually you open it on page one and read through to the end. Reading the Bible is slightly different. Opening the Bible is like walking into a library. There are lots of books – 66 in all – written in different styles, or genres. These were written over about 1500 years by lots of different writers. There are stories, poetry, letters, laws and much more.
The Bible is broken into two parts: the Old and New Testaments. The 39 books in the Old Testament are amongst the most sacred books of Judaism, where they are called the Tanakh or Written Torah. They include ancient stories and writings, as well as the laws given to people by God himself. The 27 books in the New Testament are special in Christianity. They tell the stories of Jesus Christ and the beginnings of the Christian church.
Find out more about each book in the Bible here.