Dear Parishioners,

To elaborate more on the Bible, the Old Testament is made up of 4 main types of books: Torah/Pentateuch, Historical Books, Books of the Prophets, and Books of Wisdom. The Torah/Pentateuch consists of the first five books of the Bible and constitutes the Jewish Law, that is, the fundamental basis for their nation, faith, and relationship with God and the beginning of ours. The books of the Torah are: Genesis, Exodus, Numbers, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy. The Historical Books trace the history of how the Israelites transitioned from living in the desert after they were delivered from slavery in Egypt until just about the time of Jesus Christ. These books are: Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Tobit, Judith, Esther, 1 & 2 Maccabees. The Books of the Prophets are divided into two main categories: Major and Minor. The Major Prophets are those whose books are of longer length: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations (of Jeremiah), Ezekiel, Daniel, and Baruch. The Minor Prophets are those whose books are of a shorter length: Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. The Books of Wisdom are collections of sayings that summarize principles about how one is to live upright before God versus living in contrast to the Law of God. These books are: Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Wisdom, and Sirach (Ecclesiasticus).
Considering the category of each of the books as we read them, what they are about, and their purpose helps us to understand the content of them when we are engaged in worship and in prayer. Consequently, it facilitates our having a transforming encounter with God. So, as needed, please use this as a reference whenever you are preparing for Mass, meditating on the Scriptures, or simply reading them.

In Him, Fr. D