Introduction to the New Testament: Romans to Revelation, by Dr. Craig Blomberg

Letters of Paul

1. Introduction to Paul - Paul was trained as a Pharisee and persecuted Christians because he considered them enemies of God. After his conversion experience, he travelled in Asia Minor and Europe preaching the gospel and planting churches. Many of the letters in the New Testament are ones that he wrote to these churches.

2. Galatians - A key theme in the book of Galatians is how the Law and the Gospel are related.

3. Thessalonians  - The return of Christ is a central theme in the letters to the Thessalonians.

4. 1 Corinthians - Paul addresses the extremes of asceticism and hedonism, as well as concerns regarding marriage, spiritiual gifts and the resurrection.

5. 2 Corinthians - Paul responds to specific situations in the Corinthian church including emphasizing a correct perspective on giving and encouragement to see God's redemptive purpose in our suffering.

6. Romans - Paul wrote Romans as a systematic exposition of the gospel.

7. Colossians and Philemon - In Colossians, Paul emphasizes the deity of Christ. Philemon was written to a gentlema Paul knows to encourage him to welcome back Onesimus, his runaway slave, who became a disciple of Christ and was returning.

8. Ephesians - Paul describes to the followers of Jesus in Ephesus, who they are in Christ, and the ethical implications for how they should live their daily lives.

9. Philippians - Paul contrasts the condescention and the exaltation of Christ, and addresses specific situations in the Philippian church.

10. Pastoral Epistles - Paul writes to encourage and instruct Timothy and Titus, both of whom are young pastors.

11. Gender Roles - Both 1 Timothy and 1 Corinthians contain key passages addressing the roles of men and women in the local church.

General Letters

12. James - The book of James emphasizes that people demonstrate that they have true faith in Christ by their good works.

13. Hebrews - Hebrews is written to Hebrew Christians to demonstrate how Christ fulfilled the Mosaic covenant.

14. 1 Peter  - 1 Peter encourages followers of Christ to persevere even though they face persecution.

15. Jude and 2 Peter - Jude and 2 Peter both emphasize refuting false teachers.

Letters of John

16. Epistles of John - Major themes in John's epistles are sin, the love of God, the humanity and deity of Jesus, and the importance of obedience.

17. Revelation (part 1) - Revelation focuses on God's plan for cosmic history and the importance of perseverance during difficult circumstances.

18. Revelation (part 2) - Revelation focuses on God's plan for cosmic history and the importance of perseverance during difficult circumstances.