The New Testament is the second part of the Bible, written in the first century AD. It is much shorter than the Old Testament, containing just 27 books. It was written by friends and followers of Jesus to help the first Christians understand more about who Jesus was and why he is so special.
The stories of Jesus are found in the New Testament, in the first four books (known as the ‘gospels’). These are among the most important books in the Bible for Christians, because Jesus is so important to everything they believe and do. The gospels record what Jesus said and did and Christians do their best to live by this teaching and example.
Over half of the books found in the New Testament were written by St Paul, or the Apostle Paul. These were not written as ‘books’, but are instead a series of letters to the first church groups. Over the years, Paul’s writing has influenced a lot of what Christians believe and do on a day to day basis; for example, how they worship and how they structure their churches. Many of the Church’s ethics (i.e. understanding of right and wrong) relate to ideas found in Paul’s letters.
Take a look through this section to find out more about what’s in the New Testament. You will find modern-day retellings of stories found in this part of the Bible, as well as Christians explaining how some of the stories and teachings in the New Testament have shaped their understanding of God, themselves and the world around them. For more information on the teachings of Jesus, found in the gospel accounts which begin the New Testament, please browse articles found in our ‘Jesus’ section.Bookmark