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Graceful Perseverance: The Bible, New Testament; Part 2 – 6/16

Welcome to this week’s blog. For the next few weeks, I will continue to focus on my favorite book, the Bible.


This week I will continue with part two of the Bible, the New Testament (the Bible, Part 2). I will identify the purpose of each book, the author of each book, the date written, key verses and key people involved to help give you a better understanding of the Bible before you dive into it on your own.This week I will continue with part two of the Bible, the New Testament (the Bible, Part 2). I will identify the purpose of each book, the author of each book, the date written, key verses and key people involved to help give you a better understanding of the Bible before you dive into it on your own.

This week I will continue with part two of the Bible, the New Testament (the Bible, Part 2). I will identify the purpose of each book, the author of each book, the date written, key verses and key people involved to help give you a better understanding of the Bible before you dive into it on your own.


When you open your Bible, you will find the New Testament has 27 books, starting with Matthew (28 chapters) and ending with Revelation (22 chapters). To date, I’ve completed the overview of the Old Testament, 39 books, Genesis (50 chapters) and ending with Malachi (4 chapters). In regards to the New Testament, I’ve completed the overview of 26 books, starting with the book of Matthew through the book of Jude.


If you wish to revisit any of the Old Testament or New Testament blogs, you can find them on my website: https://www.thewitnesstoday.com/blog-archives.


The authors and compilers of books 21-26 of the New Testament are Peter, John, and Jude (brother of Jesus and James).


21st Book – 1 Peter: Chapters (1-5)

Purpose: To offer encouragement to suffering Christians.


Author: Peter


Date Written: ~ 62 or 64 A.D. (From the Latin word annō Dominī – stands for “In the year of the Lord”), possibly from Rome.


Key Verse: These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. – 1 Peter 1:7 (NIV).


Key People: Peter, Silas and Mark


22nd Book – 2 Peter: Chapters (1-3)

Purpose: To warn Christians about false teachers and to exhort them to grow in their faith in and knowledge of Christ.


Author: Peter


Date Written: ~ 67 A.D. (From the Latin word annō Dominī – stands for “In the year of the Lord”), three years after 1 Peter was written, possibly Rome.


Key Verse: His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. – 2 Peter 1:3 (NIV).


Key People: Peter and Paul

23rd Book – 1 John: Chapters (1-5)

Purpose: To reassure Christians in their faith and to counter false teachers.


Author: The Apostle John


Date Written: ~ 85 and 90 A.D. (From the Latin word annō Dominī – stands for “In the year of the Lord”), from Ephesus.


Key Verse: I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. – 1 John 5:13 (NIV).


Key People: John and Jesus


24th Book – 2 John: Chapters (1)

Purpose: To emphasize the basics of following Christ – truth and love – and to warn against false teachers.


Author: The Apostle John


Date Written: ~ 90 A.D. (From the Latin word annō Dominī – stands for “In the year of the Lord”), about the same time as 1 John, from Ephesus.


Key Verse: And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love. – 2 John 1:6 (NIV).


Key People: John, the chosen lady, and her children.

25th Book – 3 John: Chapters (1)

Purpose: To commend Gaius for his hospitality and to encourage him in his Christian life.


Author: The Apostle John


Date Written: ~ 90 A.D. (From the Latin word annō Dominī – stands for “In the year of the Lord”), from Ephesus.


Key Verse: Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers and sisters, even though they are strangers to you. – 3 John 1:5 (NIV).


Key People: John, Gaius, Diotrephes and Demetrius


26th Book – Jude: Chapters (1)

Purpose: To remind the church of the need for constant vigilance – to keep strong in the faith and to oppose heresy.


Author: Jude, brother of Jesus and James


Date Written: ~ 65 A.D. (From the Latin word annō Dominī – stands for “In the year of the Lord”).


Key Verse: Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people. – Jude 1:3 (NIV).


Key People: Jude, James and Jesus

Let’s recap. This week we covered the next six books (21-26) of the New Testament (1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John and Jude).


There will be multiple blogs on the book of Revelation, as the last book of the New Testament (22 chapters). Revelation is written in “apocalyptic” form – a type of Jewish literature that uses symbolic imagery to communicate hope (in the ultimate triumph of God) for all of us who will be in the midst of persecution. The events in Revelation are ordered according to literary, rather than a traditional, chronological timeline. Revelation provides a powerful message of instruction for end times or otherwise known as the “Day of the Lord.”Next week I will pick up with the book of Revelation (the 27th Book), the last book in the Holy Bible.


There will be multiple blogs on the book of Revelation, as the last book of the New Testament (22 chapters). Revelation is written in “apocalyptic” form – a type of Jewish literature that uses symbolic imagery to communicate hope (in the ultimate triumph of God) for all of us who will be in the midst of persecution. The events in Revelation are ordered according to literary, rather than a traditional, chronological timeline. Revelation provides a powerful message of instruction for end times or otherwise known as the “Day of the Lord.”


I am hopeful that you are finding this format an easy, quick overview of both the Old and New Testaments.


Blessings until next week,


Debra Pauli Unstoppable Believer


Scripture Quoted From: New International Version Bible (NIV)


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