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The word “testament” means “covenant” (a formal promise or agreement). The “Old Testament” refers to the covenant God entered into with Abraham and the people of Israel. It consists of 66 books divided into five main parts: 1) The Pentateuch (5 books – Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy); 2) Historical Books (12 books – Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, 1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther); 3) Poetic books (5 books – Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon); 4) Prophetic books (17 books – Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi)

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