The Bible has 66 books. One way to find them is to memorize the books in order or just check the table of contents any time you need to find a book. If either of these methods is not your preference, you can also make or buy self-adhesive index tabs that will help you locate each book quickly when you need it.
Choose the type of tabs that will work best with your Bible. Many varieties are available and they are made for different uses. You want some that are not too large for your Bible, and ones that you can either write on or insert a tab into so that you know which book is being flagged. Make sure you get enough tabs, because the Bible has 66 books. Some are so short that you will not want to use a single tab for them.
Decide which tabs to make. Most Old Testament books should get their own tab. You might want to combine Ezra and Nehemiah; Obadiah, Jonah and Micah; and Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai and Zechariah. In the New Testament, you might combine Philippians and Colossians; 1 Thessalonians and 2 Thessalonians; Titus and Philemon; and 2 John, 3 John and Jude.
Write the names of the books on the tabs with a permanent marker. You may have to use abbreviations for some of the longer book names, depending on the size of the tabs.
Attach the tabs to the pages of your Bible. The tab for each book should be attached to the first page of that book. If the first page is on a left-hand page, you will have to decide if you want the tab to be attached to the left-hand page or the right-hand page.
Items you will need
- Self-sticking index tabs
- Permanent marker
- Ready-made, self-sticking Bible index tabs can be purchased at many Christian book stores, including ChristianBook.com (see link in Resources). Already printed, you would only have to stick them to the pages of your Bible as another alternative to making your own.
- Bibles that are relatively thick are the best suited to attaching index tabs.
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