New & Old Testament Book Summary Essay

1642 Words Jun 13th, 2012 7 Pages
New Testament:

Matthew

The genre of this book is a Gospel. Some key themes and events include Matthew Tracing Jesus’ lineage back to Abraham, the conception of Jesus, John baptizing Jesus, Jesus in the wilderness for forty days, the Sermon on the Mount, Peter’s name change (Simon), the many miracles performed, the Eucharist, the crucifix and resurrection of Jesus. Matthew‘s purpose was to present Jesus as the Messiah by showing the OT prophecies he fulfilled. King Herod displayed his fear of the new “King of the Jews” by ordering the death of all the youth in Bethlehem. Matthew gives recognition to the first followers and the directives given to them by the many parables he used, his early ministry messages on humility, obedience,
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Paul is identified as one of the most influential servants – he took great pride in killing Christians prior to his conversion; once converted he preached informing others of his love for God. The Holy Spirit rested upon the disciples empowering them from within. The laws were transitioned from Old Covenant to New Covenant forming one universal church between the Jews and Gentiles. Peter provided proof that Jesus is the Messiah whom God promised in the OT to save the Jews from their adversity and his vision outlined Grace through Faith by the shed of Christ’s blood on the cross.

James
The genre of this book is a General Epistle. Some key themes and events include James writing about Trials and Temptations, Listening and Doing, Favoritism, Taming the Tongue, and the Warnings that he gave to the Oppressors. James wrote this letter to encourage the Jews believers to be patient within their Christian lives. He informs them that perseverance is vital. He reminds them of the double-minded man and he that perseveres under trials will be blessed. He states that one must not only listen to the word but they must be doers of the word as well and they will

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