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Introductions to the Books of the New Testament

This page contains links to articles which give helpful information about each of the books in the New Testament. They include information about the author and date of the book, together with relevant historical background information to set the book into its original context, as well as a description of the main themes of the book.

Introductions to all twenty-seven books are available below. The links are listed in the same order as in the English New Testament. The books of 1 and 2 Thessalonians are covered together, as are the books of 2 and 3 John, because the background information for the books in each pair are fairly similar.

For some books an explanation of the text is also available. The first books are Romans, 1 Corinthians, Galatians, Philemon, Hebrews and Revelation. Explanations for some other books will be added gradually. For smaller books, this is on a single page, but for larger books, the explanation extends to several pages. The link to these is below the link to the introduction.

Gospels

Matthew's Gospel
Mark's Gospel
Luke's Gospel
John's Gospel

Acts

Acts of the Apostles

Paul's Letters

Romans
1. Paul and his Gospel (1:1-17) 2. The Bad News (1:18 - 3:20)
3. The Good News (3:21 - 5:21) 4. Sanctification (6:1 - 8:39)
5. Election and Mercy (9:1 - 11:36) 6. Living the Gospel (12:1 - 15:13)
7. Travel Plans, Greeting (15:14 - 16:27)
1 Corinthians
1. Wisdom and Philosophy (1:1 - 4:21) 2. Issues of Immorality (5:1 - 6:20)
3. Questions about marriage (7:1-40) 4. Food Offered to Idols (8:1 - 11:1)
5. Headcoverings, Lord's Supper (11:2-34) 6. Spiritual Gifts (12:1 - 14:40)
7. The Resurrection (15:1-58)
2 Corinthians
Galatians
1. Argument from Testimony (1:1 - 2:21) 2. Argument from Scripture (3:1 - 4:31)
3. Fruit of Freedom (5:21 - 6:18)
Ephesians
Philippians
Colossians
1 & 2 Thessalonians
1 Timothy
2 Timothy
Titus
Philemon
Explanation (1-25)

General Letters

Hebrews
1. Superior Revelation (1:1-4) 2. Superior to Angels (1:5 - 2:18)
3. A Superior Rest (3:1 - 4:19) 4. A Superior Priesthood (4:14 - 7:28)
5. A Superior Covenant (8:1 - 10:18) 6. The Better Way of Faith (10:19 - 12:29)
7. Practical Instructions (13:1-25)
James
1 Peter
2 Peter
1 John
2 & 3 John
Jude

Revelation

Revelation
1. Prologue (1:5 - 2:18) 2: Seven churches (1:9 - 3:22)
3: Seven seals (4:1 - 8:1) 4. Seven trumpets (8:2 - 11:18)
5: Seven signs (11:19 - 15:4) 6: Seven bowls (15:5- 16:21)
7. Prostitute / Babylon (17:1-19:10) 8: Seven judgements (19:11 - 21:8)
9: Bride / Jerusalem (21:9 - 22:9) 10: Epilogue (22:10-21)