THE BIBLE OLD TESTAMENT • 46 books of Scripture • Originated with Judaism • Pentateuch, History, Wisdom and Poetry, Prophecy NEW-TESTAMENT • 27 books • The section of the Christian bible that pertains specifically to the Christian faith • Written from approximately 20 years after the death of Jesus (50 C.E.) to 100 C.E. • Gospels, Acts of the Apostles, various Epistles and Letters, Book of Revelation Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John - deal with the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Acts of the Apostles: Luke's account of the early days of the Christian community and the spread of the Good News throughout the Roman Empire after the death and Resurrection of Jesus. Pauline Epistles: written by St. Paul or others to support and further educate individual Christians or small communities that have been brought to believe in Jesus through the missionary work of Paul and others. Letter to the Hebrews: often attributed to Paul but probably not written by him; is a kind of extended sermon to a group of Christians who are in danger of falling away from their belief in Jesus. The Catholic Epistles: attributed to James, Peter, John and Jude. Address Christians as a general audience rather than specific individuals. The Book of Revelation: filled with highly symbolic and mysterious language. It was written to encourage late-first-century Christians to remain faithful to Christ during times of severe persecution.
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