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A page of P46, one of the oldest surviving New Testament manuscripts in Greek. Its probable date is 175–225 AD.
The Rossano Gospels, 6th century, a representative of Byzantine text.
Matthew's Gospel - British Library Add. MS 59874 Ethiopian Bible
BL Add. MS 59874 with Ethiopic Gospel of Matthew.
Saint Paul Writing His Epistles, 17th-century painting. Most scholars think Paul actually dictated his letters to a secretary.
The Rabbula Gospels, Eusebian Canons.

The New Testament is part of the Christian Bible, and the most important religious writing of Christianity. It tells the story of Jesus Christ, his followers, and the beginnings of Christianity. It was written in Koine Greek.


The New Testament is made up of different parts. In total, there are 27 texts in the New Testament. The Eastern Orthodox Church, the Roman Catholic Church and the Protestant Churches have the same texts, but their arrangement varies; the Syriac Churches and the Ethiopian Churches have different versions. The Syriac Churches do not put Peter 2, John 2 and 3, Jude and the Revelations in the New Testament. The Ethopian Churches do not have a common canon.


Each of the Gospels tells the story of Jesus Christ, or the Messiah, whom Christians believe is the Son of God who is born to save the world from sin. Each of the Gospels tell this same story, with a little more or less detail from the other. Muslims believe that the Quran, also called the Final Testament, succeeded the New Testament.

The Four Gospels

The traditional author is listed after each entry.

Acts of the Apostles

Pauline epistles

Pauline epistles, the 13 or 14 letters believed to be written by Saint Paul the Apostle

General epistles

General epistles are other Letters.

Book of Revelation

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