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The [[New Testament]] is that portion of the [[Christian]] [[Bible]] composed and compiled during the first few centuries [[CE]].
 
The [[New Testament]] is that portion of the [[Christian]] [[Bible]] composed and compiled during the first few centuries [[CE]].
  
 
== Books of the New Testament ==
 
== Books of the New Testament ==
The first four books of the New Testament—[[Book of Matthew|Matthew]], [[Mark]], [[Luke]], and [[Book of John|John]]—are the four [[canon]]ical [[gospel]]s, which tell the story of the life and crucifixion of [[Jesus]].
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The first four books of the New Testament—[[Book of Matthew|Matthew]], [[Mark]], [[Luke]], and [[Book of John|John]]—are the four [[canon]]ical [[gospel]]s, which tell the story of the life and crucifixion (and resurrection) of [[Jesus]].
  
 
The book of [[Acts]] tells of what happened to Jesus' [[apostle]]s after he died.
 
The book of [[Acts]] tells of what happened to Jesus' [[apostle]]s after he died.
  
The books of [[Romans]] through [[Philemon]] are letters supposedely written by the apostle [[Paul]] to various churches.  A large part of Christian teachings are from Paul rather than Jesus.
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The next 13 books, [[Pauline epistles|Romans through Philemon]], are letters (epistles) supposedly written by the apostle [[Paul]] to various churches.  Note that a large part of Christian teachings are from Paul rather than Jesus.
  
The [[Book of Revelation]] purports to be a [[revelation]] from [[God]] to the evangelist [[John]], and describes the coming end of the world.
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The next 8 books, [[General epistles|Hebrews through Jude]], are letters written by other members of the early church.
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The [[Book of Revelation]] purports to be a [[revelation]] from [[God]] to the evangelist [[John]] describing the coming end of the world.
  
 
==Apocryphal gospels==
 
==Apocryphal gospels==
There were any number of Apocryphal gospels as well as those printed in normal [[Bible]]s. Decisions over which to include and which to exclude were somewhat arbitrary. The [[Book of Revelation]] was frequently not considered authentic in ancient times.  Below is a list with some of them.
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There are a number of apocryphal gospels — that is, gospels that were excluded from the canon for various reasons. Decisions over which books to include and which to exclude were sometimes based more on political than theological reasons. The [[Book of Revelation]] was frequently not considered authentic in ancient times.  Below is a list of some of the apocryphal books.
 
*[http://www.infidels.org/library/historical/kersey_graves/16/chap4.html Chrishna of India]
 
*[http://www.infidels.org/library/historical/kersey_graves/16/chap4.html Chrishna of India]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shepherd_of_Hermas The Shepherd of Hermas]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shepherd_of_Hermas The Shepherd of Hermas]
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Gospels A more complete list of Gospels]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Gospels A more complete list of Gospels]
  
==References and External links==
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==References and external links==
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Testament_apocrypha New Testament apocrypha]
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*[[Wikipedia:New Testament apocrypha]]
 
*[http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/ Liturgies, councils, apocrypha, and writings of the church fathers] (text with commentary)
 
*[http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/ Liturgies, councils, apocrypha, and writings of the church fathers] (text with commentary)
  
 
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Books of the Bible

The New Testament is that portion of the Christian Bible composed and compiled during the first few centuries CE.

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Books of the New Testament

The first four books of the New Testament—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—are the four canonical gospels, which tell the story of the life and crucifixion (and resurrection) of Jesus.

The book of Acts tells of what happened to Jesus' apostles after he died.

The next 13 books, Romans through Philemon, are letters (epistles) supposedly written by the apostle Paul to various churches. Note that a large part of Christian teachings are from Paul rather than Jesus.

The next 8 books, Hebrews through Jude, are letters written by other members of the early church.

The Book of Revelation purports to be a revelation from God to the evangelist John describing the coming end of the world.

Apocryphal gospels

There are a number of apocryphal gospels — that is, gospels that were excluded from the canon for various reasons. Decisions over which books to include and which to exclude were sometimes based more on political than theological reasons. The Book of Revelation was frequently not considered authentic in ancient times. Below is a list of some of the apocryphal books.

Gospels

References and external links

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