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Bible: The New Testament – The Gospel According to Matthew (Matthew)

[T]he Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, “Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!” Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds. (See Important Quotations Explained) Introduction In the second century a.d., the Gospel of Matthew was placed at the very beginning of the New Testament. …

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Bible: The New Testament – The Gospel According to Mark (Mark)

Introduction For a long time, the Gospel of Mark was the least popular of the Gospels, both among scholars and general readers. Mark’s literary style is somewhat dull—for example, he begins a great number of sentences with the word “then.” Luke and Matthew both contain the same story of Jesus’s life, but in more sophisticated …

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Bible: The New Testament – The Gospel According to John (John)

Introduction In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. (See Important Quotations Explained) The Fourth Gospel describes the mystery of the identity of Jesus. The Gospel According to John develops a Christology—an explanation of Christ’s nature and origin—while leaving …

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Bible: The New Testament – The Letter of Paul to the Romans (Romans)

Introduction Of the twenty-seven books in the New Testament, fourteen have traditionally been attributed to the great missionary Paul of Tarsus. These fourteen books all take the form of letters addressed to a given individual or community. In the traditional canonical ordering of the New Testament, these fourteen books are arranged in a block following …

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Bible: The New Testament – The First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians)

Introduction There is a general consensus among scholars that 1 Corinthians was written by the important early Christian missionary Paul of Tarsus. In late 56 or early 57 a.d., Paul was in the city of Ephesus in Asia Minor. From there, writing with his collaborator Sosthenes, he addressed a series of letters to the Greek …

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Bible: The New Testament – The Second Letter of Paul to the Corinthians (2 Corinthians)

Introduction For in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. (See Important Quotations Explained) The book known as 2 Corinthians is one of the fourteen New Testament letters that have traditionally been attributed to Paul, the great early …

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Bible: The New Testament – The Revelation to John (Revelation)

Introduction The Book of Revelation is strikingly different from the rest of the New Testament. It is populated by winged and wild creatures, locust plagues, and seven-headed beasts. Revelation is filled with obscure and fantastic symbolism, and it teems with mystical references. However, it lacks any real internal structure. Unlike the other New Testament books, …

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