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The books of Ruth and Esther are basically short stories that have a bearing on Israel during various periods of its history.

Daniel is a composite of stories (chapters 1-6) and visions (chapters 7-12).

The Song of Songs (also called Song of Solomon) and Lamentations are collections of poems.

The Song of Songs is a collection of love poems, often ascribed to Solomon, king of Israel after his father David.

For Judaism the Bible consists of the Law, the Prophets, and the Writings--what Christians call the Old Testament.

Some Christians, notably the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches, include certain books that are not accepted as authoritative by Judaism or Protestant Christianity.

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The prophets were men who interpreted Israel's behavior in the light of God's laws and frequently found reason to condemn that behavior.

The prophets also declared that Israel would be punished for breaking the laws.

A series of national disasters that befell Israel seemed to prove the merit of the prophetic warnings: Israel was conquered or subjugated in turn by Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome over a period of seven centuries.

In Judaism and Christianity the makeup of the Bible is not the same.

The Christian Bible is divided into two major sections: the Old Testament and the New Testament.