Matthew's book tells us of the birth, life and death of Jesus. Matthew
had been a Jewish tax collector who became one of Jesus’ disciples.
He refers to Jesus as the Messiah who had been prophesised in the Old
Mark also wrote about the birth, life and death of Jesus. Mark was not
one of the disciples, but was probably the first person to write about
Jesus. It is thought that the other gospel writers copied a lot of
Again this book was written about the birth, life and death of Jesus.
It is generally agreed that Luke wrote the most thorough of the books
on Jesus, but was definitely not the first to write about him.
John also wrote about the birth, life and death of Jesus. He wrote his
book probably 20 to 30 years after the others. He also include in it
6 more miracles than were previously recorded in the other gospels.
This book was written by Luke and connects the life of Jesus to that
of the church. He writes about the preachings and ministries of both
Peter and Paul. This is probably a sequel to Luke’s gospel, and
it is thought that he planned to write a third book too although this
Paul wrote this book to the Christians in Rome. He had decided to visit
Rome on his way to Spain. It is understood that the Roman church was
mainly Jewish but had quite a few Gentiles also at this time.
This is another book written by Paul especially for the church in Corinth,
which was a big bustling city and port. The church goers were squabbling
and arguing over many small issues, which Paul pointed out to them
and helped them sort out.
In this book, once again Paul is writing to the church in Corinth. He
realises that although a lot of their previous problems have been resolved,
there is still some trouble with a few of the churchgoers. He tries
to sort this out.
This is a letter from Paul to the church in Galatia. This one he had
founded himself on a previous missionary journey. There were lots of
problems for Christians living at this time as they continually had
problems with Jewish laws. Paul tries to sort these problems out.
This is a letter written by Paul to the people of the church in Ephesus.
He had spent three years there and had got to know the people very
well before he continued with his missionary work. The letter was to
encourage them in their beliefs.
This letter was written by Paul to the Christians in Philippi. Philippi
had the first church in Europe (Greece) and had sent Paul a gift. The
letter was to thank them for the gift, although at the time of writing,
Paul was in a Roman prison.
Epaphras, a convert from one of Paul’s missionary travels, had
founded the church at Colosse, but members of the church had tried to
include a few pagan items into it. Paul writes this letter to tell the
Christians there that they must stop this and worship only Christ.
Paul wrote this letter to the Christians in Thessalonica, to encourage
them as many believers were being persecuted, and to explain to them
about Christ’s second coming. They had believed that he would
return almost immediately.
Paul had to write another letter to the Christians at Thessalonica as
they had misinterpreted his first. They were still sure that Christ
would return immediately to save them from their persecutions. However,
on being told that he would not be returning in the near future, many
lost interest in the religion.
Timothy was one of Paul’s closest friends and had been the person
that Paul had sent to the church at Ephesus to help the Christians there.
Timothy was going to stay on there for a while as leader of the church,
and this letter was written by Paul to give him some advice about the
This was written by Paul to Timothy again, asking him to carry on with
Paul’s missionary work. Paul was once more in a Roman prison
at this time and realised that he would soon be executed. He wanted
Timothy to carry on with his work.
Paul wrote this letter to Titus about the same time as he wrote the first
letter to Timothy. In it, he gives Titus advice on how to become the
church leader on the Island of Crete.
Philemon was a wealthy member of the Colossian church and had many slaves.
One of them had run away which would mean severe punishment when he
was recaptured. This letter was written by Paul to Philemon, suggesting
that he forgive his slave and treat him like a brother in the Christian
It is not known who wrote this book but whoever it was speaks of Timothy
as ‘a brother’ and so could have been Paul or Luke. It
is written generally to all Christian Hebrews to reassure them that
Christianity was the true religion. There was a lot of persecution
going on at this time.
This book was written by James, Jesus’ brother for Christian communities
living outside Palestine. He talks about his concern for persecuted Christians,
and tries to inspire them in their faith.
Peter, one of the disciples, wrote this book to offer encouragement to
suffering Christians who had been driven out of Jerusalem. In it he
describes several stories that had been told to him by Jesus, as a
way of support.
Peter wrote this book to Christians everywhere when he knew he was dying.
He tried to remind them how to follow their faith and warn them against
false teachers and images.
This was written by John the apostle, who had written the last gospel.
It is more of a general letter sent to all Christian congregations.
At the time it was written, he was one of the few people left who had
actually seen Jesus preach. He wrote this letter to give new believers
assurance and confidence in God.
This book was written by Jude. He was also a brother of Jesus, and wrote
this letter to Christians everywhere warning them to be on their guard
against ‘false teaching’ and to win back others who had
already been deceived.
This was also written by John the Apostle when he was in exile on the
island of Patmos. He tries to offer hope and encouragement to Christians
and tells them to constantly fight against the temptation to become
unloved, immoral, lenient, compromising or casual about their faith.
It assures them that good will triumph over evil.
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