Literary Style: A unique style of writing that follows recognized literary conventions and language patterns.
Epic Narrative: A narrative that is intentionally placed in an ambiguous historical setting in order to make larger claims about the nature of reality and human purpose.
Narrative: A story sequence in which characters are placed in a setting and involved in a developing plotline.
Prose Discourse: A speech that makes persuasive claims through a logical sequence of thought and clear patterns of rhetoric.
Biography: A narrative about one person or movement, consisting of many short scenes that give a general history of the person as well as the main themes of their life and teaching.
Parable: A short, fictional narrative with symbolic characters designed to challenge the listener in a memorable and/or shocking way.
Sermon: A short persuasive essay that is meant primarily to address the listener’s behavior.
Vision: A literary representation of a prophet’s dreams or visions that reveals God’s perspective on current events in the light of history’s final outcome.
The New Testament is more connected to the Old Testament than you think. New Testament authors were steeped in Old Testament imagery, prophecies, and writing styles.
New Testament Overview
Watch our Read Scripture video on the overview of the New Testament. This video breaks down the literary design of the entire New Testament and how it continues the story of the Hebrew Scriptures.
About New Testament Overview
The New Testament is not as disconnected from the Old Testament as some might assume. The cohesion is made evident in the writings of the New Testament where authors often reference back to Old Testament scriptures. Our New Testament Overview video shows the connection between the testaments and how the Bible is a unified story that leads to Jesus.
Life of Jesus
The Gospels tell the story of Jesus’ life and how he came to set into motion his version of the Kingdom. Jesus set about the world healing, teaching, and rebuking. He was the epitome of the Father's heart to a broken people.
Death of Jesus
Jesus' death and resurrection are central events to the Christian faith. He took the sins of the world unto himself and became the sacrificial lamb in place of a fallen humanity, rose again from the dead, and ascended to the right hand of the Father until his return.
Resurrection & Renewal
After his resurrection and before his ascension, Jesus spends some time with his disciples. After ascending, he sends his Holy Spirit to a renewed group of his followers. The book of Acts retells the work of Jesus' spirit after his ascension and the story of the movement of people he inspired.
Like all churches, the first church had their fair share of problems. The letters written by some of the best minds in the Christian tradition helped rebuke, teach, and encourage the early Jesus movement that was taking the world by storm.
John's visions reveal that Jesus has overcome evil by his death and resurrection, and will return one day as the true king of the world.