New Testament Books


Table of New Testament Books


Introduction

The following table contains a list of the 27 New Testament Books.

These have been split into four main categories. At the end of the table you will find a further summary of these categories.

Learning these categories will help you memorize the order of all the books in the New Testament.

GospelsHistoricalPaul to ChurchesPaul to IndividualsGeneral EpistlesApocalyptic
MatthewActs1 Corinthians1 TimothyHebrewsRevelation
Mark2 Corinthians2 TimothyJames
LukeRomansTitus1 Peter
JohnGalatiansPhilemon2 Peter
Ephesians1 John
Philippians2 John
Colossians3 John
1 ThessaloniansJude
2 Thessalonians

Categories of New Testament Books

Gospels

The first four books of the New Testament can perhaps be considered the most important part of the Bible (though some point to Genesis for that distinction).

The four gospels provide a multi-faceted summary of the life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Jewish messiah through whom all of humanity and creation would be restored and redeemed.

History

The Book of Acts records the beginnings and the development of the Christian church.

Starting with the day of Pentecost, it chronicles the Jesus movement from a small Jewish sect in Jerusalem to the far reaching mission to the Gentiles throughout the Mediterranean world.

Paul’s Epistles

After the book of Acts, the rest of the New Testament is constructed of epistles (letters in the ancient world). The first 13 belong to Paul.

It is also helpful to split Paul’s epistles based on those he wrote to churches vs. individuals.

The epistles (both Pauline and General) demonstrate how the Jesus communities were to live out their faith in a Jewish / secular / Greco-Roman context.

General Epistles

These letters are so-called because their intended audiences tends to be more general than the specific churches / individuals to whom Paul wrote.

There are 8 general epistles in the New Testament, with only Hebrews not having a self-identified author. Some folks credit Paul with having written Hebrews, but no consensus exists as to its actual author.

Apocalyptic

Strangely enough, the Book of Revelation is written in the style of a circular letter as well. It claims an author and an intended audience (the seven churches).

Still, we separate out the Book of Revelation as the only purely apocalyptic document in the New Testament (there is apocalyptic literature in Matthew (24 and 25) and Mark (13), but these are only a few chapters compared to an entire book.)

The Book of Revelation presents us with last things, the end of history, new creation, and final judgement. However, its message is timeless in that it encourages God’s people throughout history to remain faithful despite persecutions.

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