Lesson #1 – What does Old and New Testament mean?

Kenneth F. Pierpont, M.Div., M.Ed., D.Min.
Bible Teacher and Pastor

“Bible Facts, Mysteries and Secrets Made Plain as Day” is a series of brief Bible lessons made available to everyone who has ever had an interest in the Bible but has found the going a little tough. Each lesson has a number and a name for easy reference.

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The Bible has two large main parts into which it is divided. The larger part, about two-thirds of the Bible is called the “Old Testament” because it was written first. It contains thirty-nine sections or “books,” as we call them.

It is called a “testament” because it means an “agreement” with man that God made at the beginning of human history.

The Table of Contents, in the front of any Bible will list the names of the sections or books in the order in which they appear in the Bible together with the page number on which each starts. Look at your copy of the Bible to determine this fact.

The books of the Old Testament will be listed by separately, usually, in the opening part of the Table of Contents. For the most part the books listed contain events in the order in which they happened, beginning with the book called “Genesis.”

The Old Testament traces the history, of the world from its beginning, through the creation of man, well into the first four thousand years of man’s existence in the world.

The “New Testament” or “New Agreement” God made with man is given in the final twenty-seven sections or “books” of the Bible. Generally speaking, the order given in your Table of Contents is the order of events as they happened.
The New Testament begins with the birth, life, death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. The books, which come later, show the beginning and development of the Christian church. The prophecy book at the end of the Bible is called “Revelation” and contains a description of future events as God has determined them.

To begin reading the Bible “Genesis” is the best place to start in the Old Testament and “Mark” is probably the best place to start in the New Testament.


  1. Hey, good stuff, Dad

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