Thursday, February 24, 2011

Bible - Some New Testament Information

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

- John 1:1

- The Judeo-Christian Bible -

Some New Testament Information


The New Testament is the very best book that was or ever will be known in the World.

- Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

A Brief Look at the Traditional Titles of the New Testament

1) The Gospel According to Matthew
2) The Gospel According to Mark
3) The Gospel According to Luke
4) The Gospel According to John
5) The Book of the Acts of the Apostles
6) The Letter to the Romans
7) The 1st Letter to the Corinthians
8) The 2nd Letter to the Corinthians
9) The Letter to the Galatians
10) The Letter to the Ephesians
11) The Letter to the Philippians
12) The Letter to the Colossians
13) The 1st Letter to the Thessalonians
14) The 2nd Letter to the Thessalonians
15) The 1st Letter to Timothy
16) The 2nd Letter to Timothy
17) The Letter to Titus
18) The Letter to Philemon
19) The Letter to the Hebrews
20) The Letter of James
21) The 1st Letter of Peter
22) The 2nd Letter of Peter
23) The 1st Letter of John
24) The 2nd Letter of John
25) The 3rd Letter of John
26) The Letter of Jude
27) The Book of Revelation


Each epoch has found in the Gospels what it sought to find there, and has overlooked what it wished to overlook.

- Ludwig von Mises

A Brief Synopsis of the 8 Authors of the New Testament
1) Matthew: Gospel of Matthew
2) Mark: Gospel of Mark
3) Luke: Gospel of Luke, Book of Acts
4) John: Gospel of John, 1st Letter of John, 2nd Letter of John, 3rd Letter of John, Book of Revelation
5) James: Letter of James
6) Peter: 1st Letter of Peter, 2nd Letter of Peter
7) Jude: Letter of Jude
8) Paul: Letter to the Romans, 1st Letter to the Corinthians, 2nd Letter to the Corinthians, Letter to the Galatians, Letter to the Ephesians, Letter to the Philippians, Letter to the Colossians, 1st Letter to the Thessalonians, 2nd Letter to the Thessalonians, 1st Letter to Timothy, 2nd Letter to Timothy, Letter to Titus, Letter to Philemon

The New Testament authors did not customarily refer to their written record as the Word of God. That subsequent Christian tradition tends to do this while the writers themselves hesitate to do it should tell us something. Evidently they distinguished the difference between the living, infinite Word and the written record more clearly than we do.

- Robert D. Brinsmead


Facts about the New Testament
- The New Testament is a unique set of sacred writings, divided into 27 Books, that was added to the Old Testament almost 2,000 years ago to create the Holy Bible, the primary source document for the religion called Christianity.
- Every Known sect of Christianity, including the Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Eastern Orthodox Churches accept and recognize the same 27 Books as the official version of the New Testament.
- The Canon of the New Testament, consisting of the same 27 Books listed above, has remained unchanged for nearly 2,000 years. -
- The first official lists of these books were published at the Council of Nicea and at the Council of Carthage.
- The 27 Books of the New Testament have exactly 4 Gospels, 2 Books, and 21 Letters.
- The 4 Gospels of the New Testament include: 1) The Gospel of Matthew, 2) The Gospel of Mark, 3) The Gospel of Luke, and 4) The Gospel of John.
- The 2 Books of the New Testament are commonly known as: 1) The Book of Acts and 2) The Book of Revelation.
- The 21 Letters of the New Testament can be listed as follows: 1) The Letter to the Romans, 2) The 1st Letter to the Corinthians, 3) The 2nd Letter to the Corinthians, 4) The Letter to the Galatians, 5) The Letter to the Ephesians, 6) The Letter to the Philippians, 7) The Letter to the Colossians, 8) The 1st Letter to the Thessalonians, 9) The 2nd Letter to the Thessalonians, 10 ) The 1st Letter to Timothy, 11) The 2nd Letter to Timothy, 12) The Letter to Titus, 13) The Letter to Philemon, 14) The Letter to the Hebrews, 15) The Letter of James, 16) The 1st Letter of Peter, 17) The 2nd Letter of Peter, 18) The 1st Letter of John, 19) The 2nd Letter of John, 20) The 3rd Letter of John, and 21) The Letter to Jude.
- The New Testament is believed to have been written in the years 45 - 90 A.D. Some scholars continue to dispute this, claiming that all, or some of the Books, were written much later.
- The 27 Books of the New Testament by 8 different authors whose actual names include the following: 1) Matthew, 2) Mark, 3) Luke, 4) John, 5) Paul, 6) Peter, 7) James, and 8) Jude.
- Luke, John, and Paul are credited with writing the vast majority of the New Testament, including 20 out of 27 total Books. To be specific, Luke is the author of 2 Books (1 Gospel, 1 Book). John wrote 5 Books (1 Gospel, 1 Book, and 3 Letters), while Paul is credited with 13 Books (13 Letters).
- The author who wrote the Letter to the Hebrews has remained anonymous and completely unknown for nearly the past 2,000 years.


A Brief Chronology for the 27 Books of the New Testament
1) Matthew, 2) Mark, 3) Luke, 4) John, 5) Acts, 6) Romans, 7) 1 Corinthians, 8) 2 Corinthians, 9) Galatians, 10) Ephesians, 11) Philippians, 12) Colossians, 13) 1 Thessalonians, 14) 2 Thessalonians, 15) 1 Timothy, 16) 2 Timothy, 17) Titus, 18) Philemon, 19) Hebrews, 20) James, 21) 1 Peter, 22) 2 Peter, 23) 1 John, 24) 2 John, 25) 3 John, 26) Jude, 27) Revelation


A Brief Timeline for the Various Dates and Authors of the New Testament
45 A.D. - Letter of James (James)
50 A.D. - Gospel of Mark (Mark)
50 A.D. - Beginning of Paul's 13 Letters (Paul)
55 A.D. - Gospel of Matthew (Matthew)
60 A.D. - Letter of Jude (Jude)
60 A.D. - 1st Letter of Peter, 2nd Peter (Peter)
60 A.D. - Gospel of Luke (Luke)
65 A.D. - Book of Acts (Luke)
65 A.D. - Letter to the Hebrews (Unknown)
70 A.D. - End of Paul's 13 Letters (Paul)
90 A.D. - 1st Letter of John, 2nd John, 3rd John (John)
90 A.D. - Gospel of John (John)
90 A.D. - Book of Revelation (John)

NOTE: Paul's 13 Letters include Romans, 1st Corinthians, 2nd Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1st Thessalonians, 2nd Thessalonians, 1st Timothy, 2nd Timothy, Titus, Philemon


May the LORD God bless you in the name of St. John Gaddis

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