Summary of the Books of the New Testament Books

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Luke
The basic genre of Luke is gospel. Some key themes in this book are Christ as Man and to give us a very reliable record of the life of Jesus. Some of the key events of this book are the announcement of the birth of Jesus as well as the birth of John the Baptist by the angel Gabriel, Jesus’ miraculous conception, the ministries of Jesus and John the Baptist. Some of the major personalities are Jesus, the disciples, John the Baptist, Elizabeth, Mary, Mary Magdalene, Zechariah, Herod the Great, and Pilate. Luke starts by the angel Gabriel announcing the births of John and Jesus. We are told of John the Baptist’s ministry and how he comes to baptize Jesus. We are lead through the life of Jesus and His ministry. Jesus tells His stories of the prodigal son, the Good Samaritan and the rich man and Lazarus, and through these stories we are shown His compassion and forgiveness. While Jesus is teaching, the religious leaders are plotting against Him. Jesus is betrayed, tried and crucified. He is placed in the tomb and rises three days later. He came back to the disciples “And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.”(Luke 24:45) and then parts from them and is carried up into heaven.
Acts
The book of Acts is basically narrative in genre. Some of the prominent personalities of the book of Acts are Peter and Paul and that of the other apostles, although they play little or no role. The basic theme is the work of the Holy Spirit in the early history of Christianity. The book of Acts gives us the history of the Christian church as well as the spread of the gospel of Jesus Christ, it also tells us of the mounting opposition to the gospel as well. Before Paul was converted, he took absolute pleasure in persecuting and killing Christians. Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-31) is a highlight of the book of Acts. After Paul’s…...

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