What Are the Books of the New Testament?

Books of the New Testament include the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, as well as the account of the early Church in the Book of Acts. The remainder of the New Testament consists of letters from apostles such as Paul, and closes with the Book of Revelation.

The four gospels focus on the life and ministry of Jesus, including his birth, preaching, death and resurrection. Each gospel also takes a particular perspective on Jesus. For example, the Gospel of Matthew emphasizes Jesus’ role as savior and king, whereas the Gospel of Mark puts particular emphasis on Jesus as Messiah. The divinity of Jesus is a highlight in the Gospel of John, especially in chapter one.

The Acts of the Apostles follows the preaching and trials of the apostles after the death and resurrection of Jesus. The book emphasizes the ministries of St. Peter and St. Paul. Most of the epistles of the New Testament attach Paul’s name to them, and other letters attribute their authorship to St. Peter or St. John.

At the end of the New Testament is the book of Revelation, also called the Apocalypse, which contains symbols and visions that many Christians see as pertaining to the end of the world and future historical events.