Books of the New Testament
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.
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.
- Chrishna of India
- The Shepherd of Hermas
- Epistles of Clement
- Acts of Paul
- Third Epistle to the Corinthians
- Gospel of Barnabas