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published: 7/2/13

The New Testament

What are the books of the New Testament?

The links below go to the full article for each book of the New Testament, including each book's individual fast facts, summary description, and links to commentaries and outlines.

The New Testament: Gospels

The Gospels are accounts of Jesus' life that were written with a devotional and evangelical purpose. Matthew, Mark and Luke are called the Synoptic Gospels because they share much of the same material. John is markedly different from the Synoptic Gospels, and was probably written the latest of the three.

The New Testament: The Historical book

The Acts of the Apostles is an invaluable record of the growth and development of the Christian church after the life of Christ. Written by Luke as a companion volume to his gospel, Acts begins with Jesus' ascension into heaven, then recounts such events as the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, Paul's persecution of Christians and his subsequent conversion, the death of the first Christian martyr, Paul's many missionary journeys throughout the Roman Empire, the preaching of Peter, the resolution of conflicts, and much more.

The New Testament: The Letters of Paul

The Apostle Paul authored a majority of the books of the New Testament. The so-called "Pauline Epistles" were written to churches that he had visited or was planning to visit, encouraging them in their struggles and instructing them in doctrinal and moral matters.

More on the Apostle Paul

The Apostle Paul: Index
His biography: Paul of Tarsus Paul at the Jerusalem Council
His appearance: What did Paul look like? Paul's Second Missionary Journey
His conversion: What happened to Paul? Paul's Third Missionary Journey
His theology: The New Perspective on Paul Paul's First Imprisonment
His writings: The Writings of Paul Paul's Second Imprisonment
Paul's First Missionary Journey Paul's Further Travels and Death

The New Testament: The General Epistles

Also called the Catholic Epistles, the General Epistles are so-called because they are directed to general audience, not to a particular person or church, and they were not written by the Apostle Paul.

The New Testament: Apocalyptic Literature

The book of Revelation is an apocalyptic work in the tradition of the Old Testament book of Daniel. Addressed to seven specific churches and filled with rich symbolism, Revelation's prophecies have been variously interepreted as referring to events that had already occured or to events that have yet to occur and ignite the end of the world.