The New Testament (Injil)
The New Testament (Injil) is a collection of 27 books which forms the second, briefer section of the Christian Bible. Unlike the Old Testament (Tawrat and Zabur) which was written over many centuries, the New Testament was written over a span of 100 years, and most of it within a couple of decades. The books are not arranged in the order that they were written, but rather by subject matter and type. The New Testament reveals the message of God through Jesus, the spread of the church, and spiritual guidance for those following God on His path.
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The books of the New Testament:
Book: Contents of interest
Section 1: The Gospels. These books deal with the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Each is written from a different point of view and for a different purpose. All of them spend a major portion of the text dealing with the last week of Jesus’s life, His crucifixion and His resurrection.
Matthew: Visit of the Magi, the Sermon on the Mount, about two dozen parables.
Mark: First gospel written.
Luke: Birth of Jesus, the Good Samaritan, the Prodigal Son, about two dozen more parables.
John: Different in style and tone from the other gospels. Jesus’s raising of Lazarus from the dead.
Section 2: History of the Early Church
Acts: Jesus’ ascension into heaven, the Day of Pentecost, the conversion of Paul and his four missionary journeys.
Section 3: The Letters. These were written to churches and individuals, each addressing a multitude of issues, both theological and practical application.
Romans: The most complete expression of Christian theology and doctrine.
1 & 2 Corinthians: The famous chapter on Christian love: 1 Corinthians 13.
Galatians: Deals with the superiority of grace over the Jewish law.
Ephesians: Famous expression that works do not save, only faith in God’s grace.
Philippians: Often called the epistle of joy.
Colossians: All the fullness of God is found in Jesus.
1 & 2 Thessalonians: Deal with the second coming and signs of the same.
1 & 2 Timothy: Written to a young pastor, it gives direction for leadership.
Titus: Also deals with church leadership.
Philemon: A letter from Paul asking a master to forgive a runaway slave.
Hebrews: Teachings about Jesus being a sacrifice once for all.
James: Good works follow faith.
1 & 2 Peter: Encouragement for Christians undergoing persecution.
1, 2 & 3 John: Address early forms of heresy.
Jude: Also addresses heresy, encourages Christians to remain true.
Section 4: A View of the Future. This book is a vision of the end of the world and the return of Jesus in victory and glory.
Revelation: The Antichrist and the Beast, the New Jerusalem.
A note on the corruption of texts: Some people believe that the present New Testament is a corrupted, revised version of the original texts. Nothing could be further from the truth. Please go to https://bienvenueafricains.com/en/questions-and-answers/ for a complete discussion of this issue.