I recently came across a helpful Old Testament reading plan by The Bible Project based on the traditional Jewish order of the scriptures (also known as the TaNaKh). This is was what Jesus would have read and referenced during his life and teachings. (He even subtly references this in the Gospel of Luke):

"He told them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms must be fulfilled.”" - Luke 24:44

The TaNaKh is broken down into 3 sections: The Torah (Law), Nevi'im (Prophets), and Ketuvi'im (Writings). I wanted a handy reference guide for my own personal Bible study, so I designed a little graphic with the order of books of the Old Testament based on this traditional TaNaKh order. I hope it inspires you to study the Hebrew scriptures with fresh eyes. Let me know if you use it and feel free to share it if you find it useful.

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The Books of TaNaKh / Order & Organization of the Hebrew Bible / Graphic by Matt Crummy

Learn more about the TaNaKh:

TaNaKh: The 24 Books of the Hebrew Bible [Whiteboard Bible study]
When Jesus, Peter, and Paul talk about “Scripture,” they’re referring to the Old Testament. But there’s a twist: the books were in different order!
Read the “original” order of the Bible. | BibleProject™
Did you know that the arrangement of the Old Testament in Christian Bibles is not original? Along with all ancient Jews, Jesus encountered the Scriptures as a three-part collection of scrolls known as the Torah, Prophets, and Writings, or “TaNaK” for short. The Hebrew canon, or Old Testament, refer…

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