The New Testament

791 Words4 Pages
The New Testament The second part of the Christian Bible is the sacred books of the New Testament. It is the recordings of Jesus and his earliest followers’ lives and teachings. The New Testament only covers several decades unlike the Old Testament, which covers thousands of years. The earliest manuscript we have containing all the books of the New Testament comes from 300 A.D however it included books that are not in the Bible today (Schenck, 2010, p. 27). “The Council of Carthage in A.D. 397 gave the list official approval, accepting these twenty-seven writings as the New Testament” (Schenck, 2010, p. 28). The New Testament is not a single book written by one man, but, rather, twenty-seven books written in Greek by at least eight different inspired men of God from various places. For these books to even be considered part of the New Testament Scriptures, they had to have been verified that they were the inspired work of an apostle or a prophet. There are at least four different kinds of genres used in the New Testament, possibly more (Schenck, 2010, p. 22). The Gospels which are composed of the first four books, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Each of these books contains important events and teachings from Jesus’ life on earth. The fifth, the book of Acts reads like a history book with detailed, orderly, accounts of the birth and growth of the early church immediately after the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Acts connect the life of the churches to the life

More about The New Testament

Get Access