The Bible has two major parts - the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament is a collection of 39 books. Both Jews and Christians accept these books as Scripture. The Old Testament starts with the creation of the universe and of the human race. Then is continues with the history of God's chosen people - Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and their descendants, whom God formed into the nation of Israel. In the Old Testament God begins to show his plan for saving us from sin. Through his prophets he promised many times to send the Messiah, the savior of sinners, Jesus Christ, His Son.