New Testament Books – Barabbas Road Church in San Diego

Pastor Paul of Barabbas Road Church in San Diego teaches about the books of the New Testament in this “Whiteboard Wednesday” YouTube video. Learning about the number of books, the different types of books, and the placement of the books in the New Testament can help to better understand the Bible.

The Bible is comprised of 66 books total. The Old Testament contains 39 of them, and the New Testament has 27 books total. The Old Testament was originally written in Hebrew, and the New Testament was originally written in Greek.

A great place to start when learning about the books of the New Testament is to open the Bible to the Table of Contents page. This helpful page can be used anytime you are searching for a specific book, perhaps during worship at your church in San Diego or elsewhere or during your own personal study.

The books of the New Testament are divided into four categories: Gospels, history, letters, and Revelation. The books are not necessarily placed in the New Testament in chronological order, but in a way that is organizational. The Gospels are the first four books of the New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The first three are called the Synoptic Gospels because they share very similar stories and information between the three of them. The writings in John are quite different, but all four focus on Jesus and his life and ministry.

The next category is history. The books of Acts fulfills this category because it contains historical record of the formation and doings of the early Christian Church. The third category is letters, or the epistles. Many of these letters were written during the happenings recorded in the book of Acts. They were authored by the Apostle Paul, as well as Peter, James, and others.

Revelation is the final category and is the only book in this category. The book of Revelation was authored by John and tells of things to come. It is a futuristic book.

Here are a few tips on searching for books in the New Testament. All of the books that begin with the letter “T” – 1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Timothy, and Titus are all right next to each other. Some of the biggest letters, like Romans and 1 and 2 Corinthians, are found at the beginning of the letters category. The four Gospels come first and Revelation is at the very end. These few guidelines can help make New Testament book searching easier.

You can watch the whole Whiteboad Wednesday video below.