New Testament Genre Letters New Testament Letter Genre
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New Testament Genre Letters
New Testament Letter Genre - We have 21 books in this genre: -Paul: Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, -Others: Hebrews, James, 1 and 2 Peter, 1 -3 John, and Jude -Letters in the NT were written by Apostles and leaders of the church to others, such as house churches (the church in Corinth) in other cities or to generalized groups (to the Jews scattered)
New Testament Letter Genre -They were written to encourage and give advice to church leaders -They were written to correct sins and heresy
Romans The letter to the Romans focuses on the righteousness of God. All people, Jew or Gentile, are sinful and need God.
1 Corinthians The church at Corinth was having a lot of problems. Paul writes to them to straighten them out.
2 Corinthians The Corinthians were still not listening. It hurt Paul, but he didn’t give up on them.
Galatians Some people are telling the church members that they need to be circumcised and continue Jewish tradition. Paul says no.
Ephesians This letter is a great summary of Paul’s theology and the message he has been teaching about Jesus.
Philippians Paul thanks the Philippian church for their support. He reminds them to have unity, joy, and to be content in Christ.
Colossians There was false teaching and heresy at this church. Paul had to correct it. Paul talks about the supremacy of Christ in this letter.
1 Thessalonians Paul gives praise to this church for standing firm. They are struggling against persecution.
2 Thessalonians The church were distracted by a false teaching about the end of the world. Paul corrects them.
1 Timothy is running the church at Ephesus. There are lots of problems, and Paul gives advice to Timothy and the church.
2 Timothy Paul believes that his life will end soon. Paul tells Timothy to keep working hard for God.
Titus was on the island of Crete. Paul writes instructions and advice to him. There are problems in Crete that Titus needs help with.
Philemon owns a slave named Onesimus runs away to Paul writes to Philemon to be kind to Onesimus
Hebrews This letters (although it reads a lot like a sermon) tells Jewish Christians to hold on to Christ and not go back to Judaism.
James writes this book to Jewish Christians about how to demonstrate their faith in everyday actions.
1 Peter Christians were suffering under persecution. Peter writes a letter to Christians in Asia Minor (Turkey and Syria) to stay strong.
2 Peter There are false teachers working in the church again. Peter attempts to correct the false teachings and guide Christians towards truth.
1 John False teachers are at work again. John speaks sternly to them while trying to encourage the true believers.
2 and 3 John asks the church to be cautious of traveling teacher/preachers. He wants the church to test them first.
Jude warns against false teachers in the church. Jude was the half-brother of Jesus.