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Bible: The New Testament

Key Facts

Important Quotations Explained

Study Questions & Essay Topics

author

 ·  Matthew: Circulated anonymously until the second century a.d., when it was attributed to Matthew
 ·  Mark: John Mark, a close interpreter of Peter
 ·  Luke, Acts: An anonymous Gentile Christian
 ·  John: Unknown
 ·  Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians: Paul of Tarsus
 ·  Revelation: A man named John from the island of Patmos

type of work

 ·  Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts: Gospel, historical narrative
 ·  Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians: Epistle, letter
 ·  Revelation: Written record of a vision

language  · Greek

time and place written

 ·  Matthew: 8590 a.d. in Antioch of Syria
 ·  Mark: Around 70 a.d. in Syria or Rome
 ·  Luke, Acts: 80125 a.d.
 ·  Romans: 5556 a.d.
 ·  1 and 2 Corinthians: 5354 a.d. in Ephesus
 ·  Revelation: 8196 a.d. in Asia Minor

major conflict

 ·  Matthew: Israel’s rejection of Jesus
 ·  Mark, Luke, Acts: The public doubt of Jesus’s role as the Son of God
 ·  Romans: The difficulty of incorporating both Jews and Gentiles into the early church
 ·  1 and 2 Corinthians: The disunity caused by Corinth’s extreme religious piety

themes · The New Testament’s relation to the Old Testament; salvation for social outcasts; salvation through faith in Christ

motif · Geography

symbols  · The kingdom of heaven; the Good Samaritan; water, bread, and light; the olive tree; the body

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The Book of John

by godsgirl13, September 11, 2012

This is a great place to start in the bible!

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Three wise men?

by adamscameron32, May 07, 2013

the bible does not have a specific number of wise men, it is just assumed that there were 3. There could have been 2 and there could have been much more.

Luke and Acts have always been two separate volumes

by openhearts, February 09, 2014

The starting claim that the two books "Luke" and "Acts" were originally a single volume is not vindicated from any archaeological source nor by quotes from other ancient Christian writers. The real reason behind claiming they were originally a single work is to try to excuse dating the books after the fall of the temple. the script of Acts ends in abruptly with Paul in Rome, and can be dated as AD62, over two years after Festus became governor of Judea and sent him there.
The dating of the books may be commonly stated to be past AD80,... Read more

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