Encountering the New Testament

We are challenging our church to read through the New Testament in 2019. Look below for a detailed weekly reading plan and other resources!

THIS WEEK: Matthew 15-19

Fast Facts about the New Testament

  • There are 27 books and 260 chapters in the New Testament
  • While the O.T. covers events spanning over 3,600 years, the entire N.T. covers about 100 years, from 6 B.C. to 100 A.D.
  • The New Testament was written in Koine Greek, the most commonly spoken language in the western world during the 1st century A.D.
  • The apostle Paul was responsible for writing nearly half (13) of the books in the N.T.
  • There are as many as 300 O.T. prophesies fulfilled by Jesus in the N.T.

Fast Facts about the Gospel of Matthew

  • Matthew has over 18,000 words – the longest of the Gospels
  • Matthew was likely the most widely read of the Gospels during the early days of the church
  • Matthew is the most Jewish of the 4 Gospels, demonstrating Jesus to be the long-awaited Messiah who fulfills God’s promises to Israel
  • The book focuses on the words of Jesus organizing his teachings into 5 discourses
  • Jesus’s most famous teachings are found in the book of Matthew, in the Sermon on the Mount (Ch. 5-7)

Fast Facts about the Gospel of Mark

  • Mark is the shortest Gospel, containing 661 verses
  • Mark is fast paced, highlighting action over teaching and using the word “immediately” 36 times in the NKJV
  • Mark devotes about 9% of the book to the passion of Christ
  • Mark likes “sandwiches”: in the middle of a narrative he will jump to a different situation before going back and finishing the first story all in order to teach a truth by tying all three together

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Holman Bible Atlas®
Copyright © 2014
by B&H Publishing Group
Holman Bible Atlas®
Copyright © 2014
by B&H Publishing Group