To break the Bible down into even more manageable portions, the Old and New Testaments are recorded for us in several different sections. Many people become confused by thinking the Bible is written in chronological order when it is not. So, to read this book one needs to approach it differently than say a novel or a book on history.
The Old Testament is made up of different types of books— books of law, history, poetry, and prophecy. For example, the whole book of Psalms is a record of songs of worship and praise to God.
The first four books, “the gospels” of the New Testament are made up of a record of the life of Christ on earth. There are many letters written to various churches (and even some letters written to individuals) and those books are called “epistles.” The New Testament is a record of life after the coming of the Savior and a guide to righteousness for all who will follow the Savior.
The Old Testament looks forward to the coming of the Savior (Messiah), Jesus Christ through God’s Chosen People, the people of Israel (also referred to as Israelites, Jews, or Hebrews throughout Scripture). While the New Testament is about Christ coming to make a way for all mankind to be restored to a place of fellowship with God. Salvation is no longer just for God’s Chosen people, but to Gentiles (non-Jewish) people as well. The main character of the New Testament is. of course, JESUS.