The Bible is filled with interesting signposts to other books that were known to those who are mentioned in scripture, but many of which remain unknown to modern mankind. The most important book, of course, is the Book of Law, or Torah. Other books are the books of the prophets, lists of patriarchs and their families, records of the doings of kings and courtiers, and even books of curses and bitter tasting things. Lets look at some of the categories mentioned:
The Book of Law
The Book of Law, referred to throughout scripture as the Book Of Law, the Book Of Moses, the Book of the Law of Moses, the Book Of The Prophets, or simply The Book is otherwise known as the Torah. It is perhaps the most mentioned and most well known book listed in scripture. In Exodus 24:7 it is called the Book of the Covenant [that Moses read in the hearing of the people]. This book is also mentioned in Exodus 17:14, 32:32-33; Deuteronomy 28:58, 28:61, 29:20, 30 :10, etc.; Joshua 1:8, 8:31, etc.; and Galatians 3 :10, just to mention a few.
According to tradition, it was the responsibility of each King of Israel to make his own copy of the Torah. This is confirmed in Deuteronomy 17:18 which speaks of the Book Of The King that was to be a copy of the law written by all kings in their own handwriting, and in Joshua 8:31 which speaks of a copy of the law being written on stones by Joshua in the presence of the children of Israel.
The Books of The Prophets
The second most recognized books listed in scripture are the books of the prophets. They include the following:
1 Chronicles 29:29 – the Book of Samuel the seer, the Book of Nathan the prophet, and the Book of Gad the seer
2 Chronicles 9:29 – the Book of Nathan the prophet, and in the prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite, and in the visions of Iddo the seer
2 Chronicles 12:15 – the Book of Shemaiah the prophet, and of the Book of Iddo the seer concerning genealogies
Nahum 1:1 – the Book Of The Vision Of Nahum
Luke 3:4 and Luke 4:17 – the Book Of The Words Of Isaiah the prophet
Luke 20:42 and Acts 1:20) – the Book of Psalms
Acts 7:42 – the Book Of The Prophets
Perhaps the two most interesting mentions are the two following:
Genesis 6 – The Book of Enoch. This book is also quoted in Leviticus 16:8-10, 10:1-16:4; Jude 1:6 and 2 Peter 2:4
Joshua 10:13 – the Book Of Jasher. Also in 2 Samuel 1:18
Generations and Genealogies
The word “book” is generally not used in conjunction with listings of genealogies, but nevertheless is implied:
Genesis 2:4 – “This is the history of generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created.”
Genesis 5:1 – This is the Book Of The Genealogy Of Adam.
Genesis 6:9 – “This is the history of the generations of Noah.”
Genesis 10:1 – “This is the history of the generations of the sons of Noah and of Shem, Ham, and Japheth.”
Genesis 11:10 – “This is the history of the generations of Shem.”
Genesis 11:27 – “This is the history of the generations of Terah.”
Genesis 25:12 – “This is the history of the generations of Ishmael.”
Genesis 25:19 – “This is the history of the generations of Isaac.”
Genesis 36:1 & 9 – “This is the history of the generations of Esau.”
Genesis 37:2 – “This is the history of the generations of Jacob.”
Numbers 3:1 – “This is the history of the generations of Aaron and Moses.”
Ruth 4:8 – “This is the history of the generations of Perez.”
Ezra 4:15 – the Book Of The Records (Also known as the Book Of The Records Of Thy Fathers)
Matthew 1:1 – the Book Of The Genealogy Of Yeshua
The pursuits, chronicles, and behavior of kings and their subjects is recorded in numerous locations, often by name:
Numbers 21:14 – the Book Of The Wars Of The Lord which describes Moses actions during the exodus
Joshua 18:9 – the Book Of The Survey describing the dividing of the territory into seven sections, listing the towns in each section
1 Samuel 10:25 – the Book Of The Behavior Of Royalty
1 Kings 11:41 – the Book Of The Acts Of Solomon
1 Kings 14:19 – the Book of the Chronicles Of The Kings Of Israel. (stated throughout Kings, Chronicles and Esther)
1 Kings 14:29 – the Book of the Chronicles Of The Kings Of Judah. ((throughout Kings, Chronicles and Esther)
2 Chronicles 20:34 – the Book of Jehu the son of Hanani, which is mentioned in the Book Of The Kings Of Israel.
2 Chronicles 25:26 – the Book Of The Kings Of Judah And Israel. Also in 2 Chronicles 27:7, 28:26, etc.
Nehemiah 12:23 – the Book Of The Chronicles
Esther 2:23 and 6:1 – the Book Of The Chronicles (Also known as the Book Of Records Of The Chronicles)
Esther 10:2 – the Book Of The Chronicles Of The Kings Of Media And Persia
Odds and Ends
There are five more books mentioned that do not readily fit any of the above categories. They are:
Exodus 17:14 – A Memorial In A Book! Yahweh promised to utterly wipe out the memory of Amalek. This was to be written down by Moses and rehearsed in the hearing of Joshua.
Numbers 5:23 – the Book Of Curses A book written when a woman was accused of adultery
Jeremiah 32:12 – the Book Of The Purchase describing the purchase of land made by Jeremiah through Baruch
Revelation 5:1-9 – the Book Sealed With Seven Seals which describes the first set of seven judgments to come upon the earth during the great day of Yahweh’s wrath
Revelation 10:2-10– the Little Book which is sweet as honey in the mouth but bitter in the stomach
There are a few more books mentioned which I will highlight in the second of this series. Stay tuned.
The Bible speaks of itself in many places, both regarding the book of Torah and the books of the Prophets. It also mentions many books for which we have no copies, such as the books of Genealogies and the books of the Kingly Pursuits. We do, however, have copies of the books of Enoch and of Jasher.
Prophecy continues to unfold as foretold by the Hebrew Prophets. The day is coming when Yahweh will show his strength on the mountains of Israel. What is prophesied will come to pass, what is foretold will be made known. Time is short – Yeshua Ha’Mashiach is coming soon – get busy reaching the lost.
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