March 8, 2012
Summary of the books of the New Testament books.
The book of Mark is of “gospel” genre.
It contains sermons, parables, narrative history, and
some prophetic oracles.
It was written by John Mark, a missionary who went with Paul and
Barnabas on mission trips. The key personalities in this book are Jesus Christ, John the Baptist,
and Jesus’ twelve disciples. John the Baptist prepares for the coming of the Messiah. Jesus is
baptized by John the Baptist in the River Jordan. Then, Jesus is tempted by Satan in the desert
for forty days. After John goes to prison, Jesus preaches the gospel in Galilee. Jesus chooses His
twelve disciples to follow Him and preach, and all the while He is either teaching, performing
miracles, healing, blessing people, or challenging authority. Later, Jesus was betrayed and put on
trial that was faulty and illegal. He was beaten, humiliated, then crucified, to serve the sinners of
the world. Miraculously, Jesus is resurrected. He makes personal appearances through His
physical body. It also tells of the command and the Great Commission. Then, Jesus ascends to
the right hand of God.
The genre of the book of Acts is “narrative.” It is narrative history. The key personalities are
Peter, John, Stephen, the apostles, Sanhedrin. This book tells of Jesus’ life right before and right