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resurrection of Jesus Christ. Each Gospel account is written from adifferent perspective and at times records different material. So onemust consider all four Gospel accounts together to study the life ofChrist.Acts (and James, Galatians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Corinthians,Romans, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon)Acts is part two to Luke’s Gospel and is a historical record of theministry of the Holy Spirit to spread the gospel and of the establishmentof the New Testament church.Acts 1:8b serves as a key verse: “You willbe My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the endsof the earth.” In chapters 1–7, the gospel spreads in Jerusalem, and inchapters 8–12, the gospel spreads through Judea and Samaria. Theremainder of the book is the beginning of the spread of the gospel tothe “ends of the earth.”Many of the New Testament letters were penned during this time.James was the half-brother of Jesus and probably wrote his letterduring the early part of the period of Acts. Ten of Paul’s thirteen letterswere written during the time period of Acts. Galatians and both
Thessalonian letters were written during Paul’s second missionaryjourney. The Corinthian letters and Romans were written during histhird missionary journey. Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, andPhilemon (also known as the Prison Epistles) were written during hisimprisonment.Post-Acts (1 Timothy, Titus, 2 Timothy, 1 and 2 Peter, Hebrews, Jude, 1,2, and 3 John, and Revelation)After the events of the book of Acts, several other letters were written.Here is a quick overview of them in the order that they were most likelywritten. Paul wrote three more letters (1 Timothy, Titus, and 2 Timothy)before being martyred in Rome. Following Paul’s life and ministry, Peterwrote two letters. While Paul’s letters were always to either churches orindividuals, Peter’s letters appear to be to believers in general.Following Peter’s epistles is the only anonymous letter in the NewTestament, Hebrews. Following Hebrews is the letter by Jude, anotherhalf-brother of Jesus, that addresses false teaching. The final four booksof the New Testament were all written by the apostle John: 1, 2, and 3John and Revelation. The genre of Revelation is unique, as we shall see.ConclusionHaving a basic grasp of how the Bible fits together is incrediblyimportant. An understanding of the historical framework of the Biblewill provide you with better perspective on any book or passage youstudy. It will also enable you to understand how each book, chapter,passage, verse, event, or individual fits into God’s big story.Study Questions1.1. During which Old Testament book did the events of Job mostlikely take place?2.2. Which two books serve as a parallel to the Kings?
3.3. Which of Paul’s letters were not written during the time periodcovered by Acts?4.4. Which is the only truly anonymous letter in the NewTestament?