A Concise Summary of the Bible – Part I: An Overview By Rev. Brian A. Reed The Bible is a library of 66 books: 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament. “Testament” means “covenant” or “agreement”. The Old Testament tells about the Lord’s covenant with people which we broke (Jeremiah 11:7-8), leaving humanity under God’s curse because of our sins. The New Testament tells about the Lord’s provision of salvation through the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus. **God wrote the Bible over a period of about 1500 years, through at least 40 different human authors from different countries and using different languages, and still there is one central theme: _The holy Lord God is seeking a loving relationship with sinful humanity, that is only found through receiving Jesus as one’s Lord and Savior._** **__** A simple summary statement of the Old Testament is: _The Lord God created humanity to be in a covenant relationship with Him, but we rebelled._ A simple summary statement of the New Testament is: _Immanuel’s death and resurrection paid for the sins of all who will receive Him as Lord and Savior – pass it on!_ **__** A simple statement of the _relationship_ of the Old and New Testaments is: _The New Testament is founded upon and fulfills the Old Testament._ __ One third of the verses in the New Testament are either quotations of, or allusions to, verses in the Old Testament. Clearly the Lord wants us to read both the Old and the New!