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How Many Chapters Are There in the Bible?

The quick answer is that there are 1189 books in the Bible, but we can dig deeper.

And, honestly, this may seem like an unimportant question as you embark on your Bible studies — after all, when you start reading Harry Potter or The Chronicles of Narnia, you’re probably not concerned with how many chapters are in the book.

You just dig in and go.

But reading the Bible, at least for most people, is not like reading other books. One chapter doesn’t necessarily lead you directly to the next. Instead, you’ll likely wind your way through the text in one of several nonlinear paths depending on your experience with the Good Book and your goals at the moment.

That’s why it might be helpful to have a roadmap, such as a 6-month Bible reading plan, a 1-year Bible reading plan, or even a 3-year Bible reading plan.

It’s also why you might be interested to know how many chapters there are in the Bible. That information will help you plan out your own reading schedule, no matter what that may look like.

So, here is the breakdown …

The Old Testament is broken down into five major divisions made up of 39 books (Protestant version — the Catholic Bible contains 46 Old Testament books) for a total of 929 chapters.

The New Testament is broken down into five divisions of 27 books with a total of 260 chapters.

In total, then, there are 1189 chapters in the Protestant Bible.

Happy planning, reading, and worshiping!

God bless.

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