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Can some Christians answer my question? (Bible-related :D)

This has bugged me for a long long time. Okay, I know Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are the guys who supposedly wrote the New Testament. So why are Acts, Romans, 1&2 Corinthians, and so on and so forth down the line called that? Does it have to do with who wrote the books, or what happens in each specific book?


Asked by caitxrawks at 7:43 PM on Aug. 28, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Well Acts is called "The Acts of the Apostles" and it is basically the story of the early church. Most people believe it was written by Luke.

    The Epistles are really letters, and we just call them by the city they were written to. Philippians was written by Paul to the believers in Philippi. Does that make sense? Instead of calling all the letters by Paul's name, we identify them by who they were written to (Romans, Corinthians, Galatians, Colossians, Philippians, Ephesians, Timothy, Thesalonians.

    Then you have Peter's letter, there is James, Jude, and John's letters and they are named after the writer. Hebrews was written to all the Jewish believers. Revelation was written by John and it is not named after him, because it is not a letter. It is the final revelation, the most prophetic book of the Bible.

    So the only ones called by the city's names are the ones written by Paul. I hope that helps? : )

    Answer by Cinnamon-mom at 7:56 PM on Aug. 28, 2009

  • Mostly to whom they were writing to and about and what.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:45 PM on Aug. 28, 2009

  • Acts is about the acts of the apostles after Jesus was ascended into Heaven; most of the New Testament is what is called "epistles"--a fancy word meaning "letters", written to churches of the time. An excellent example is 1 & 2 Corinthinians--they were both letters written by Paul to the Corinthian church, containing his advice on specific problems he saw within them. Romans is written to the Roman church, and so on and so forth. Some of them are letters written to a specific person, such as Timothy. Revelation is the revelation or vision of the Apostle John about the end times.

    Answer by SaraCVT at 7:51 PM on Aug. 28, 2009

  • OK heres the low down on the NT. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are the four gospels. Acts is an account of the apostles as they spread the gospel (said to be written by Luke); Romans, 1st & 2nd Corinthians, Philippians, Colossians, Galatians, Philippians,Ephesians, 1st & 2nd Thessalonians, 1st & 2nd Timothy, Titus, Philemon were all written by the apostle Paul; 1st & 2nd Peter were both written by Peter; 1st, 2nd, 3rd John & Revelation were written by the apostle John; James is written by James; Jude is written by Jude; and it is uncertain who truly wrote Hebrews though it has been thought to be Paul.
    Hope this helps clear up the NT for you.

    Answer by STowle at 7:56 PM on Aug. 28, 2009

  • Thank you thank you guys =] I've been mulling over it for years, but I never knew who to ask about it, haha.

    Answer by caitxrawks at 7:59 PM on Aug. 28, 2009

  • Each book after the gospels are actually letters to different churches. The Church of Corinth, The church of Phillipi and so forth. Acts are different Acts God did with the Apostles after Jesus resurrection. Many of the books were written by Paul . Oh Cinnamon mom answered the question best so I wont repeat it lol

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 8:12 PM on Aug. 28, 2009

  • I diddo the above statements lol

    Answer by rhanford at 8:18 PM on Aug. 28, 2009

  • The gosples, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and the book of Acts are the history of Jesus birth and the early Christian Church. The rest of the books are written to address theology or behavior in the church. Revelation is about the end times. They all serve different purposes.

    Answer by teamquinn at 8:30 PM on Aug. 28, 2009