The Bible is really a set of 66 different books, written by many different people, but all inspired by God. The first part of the Bible is called the Old Testament, and the last third is called the New Testament. The time period between the writing of the Old Testament and the New Testament is approximately 400 years.
In the beginning of the Bible is a Table of Contents that lists the page numbers for the beginning of each of the books of the Bible. In many Bibles there is a brief introduction to each book, telling just a little bit about who the human author was, when the authorities believe it was written, and the main themes of the book.
The books of the Bible are divided into chapters, and each chapter is divided into verses. These act like the “addresses” for Scriptures. For instance, if you want to read John 3:16, you look in the Table of Contents for the book called “John,” and turn to that page. Then you know that you want to find chapter 3, and the 16th verse of chapter 3.
The books of the Bible are wonderfully different and interesting. You will find history, prophecy, poetry, letters written to churches, and the story of Jesus. Enjoy reading!