Some Christians, believing that the Holy Spirit's revelation to the church is progressive, have questioned some of the New Testament's moral teachings—for example on homosexuality, church hierarchy, slavery, and the role of women—as outdated.
Today, the New Testament remains a central pillar of the Christian faith, and has played a major role in shaping modern Western culture.
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The original texts of the New Testament books written mostly or entirely in Koine Greek, the vernacular dialect in first century Roman provinces of the Eastern Mediterranean.
In 1521, Martin Luther translated the New Testament from Greek into German, and this version was published in September 1522.
Views of the authoritativeness of the New Testament often depend on the concept of inspiration, which relates to the role of God in the formation of both the New Testament and the Old Testament.
The final book of the New Testament is the Book of Revelation, traditionally by the Apostle John, son of Zebedee (also known as John of Patmos).
All Christian groups respect the New Testament, but they differ in their understanding of the nature, extent, and relevance of its authority.
Other books were held in high esteem but were gradually relegated to the status of New Testament Apocrypha.
Contrary to popular misconception, the New Testament canon was not decided primarily by large Church council meetings, but rather developed slowly over several centuries.
The Synoptic Gospels, Matthew, Mark and Luke, unlike the other New Testament works, have a unique documentary relationship.
The authorship of all non-Pauline New Testament books has been disputed in recent times.
Related to the question of authority is the issue of which books were included in the New Testament: canonization.
The Muratorian fragment, usually in the late second century, provides the earliest known New Testament canon attributed to mainstream (that is, not Marcionite) Christianity.
Today there are hundreds if not thousands of translations of the New Testament, covering nearly every language currently spoken.
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That which preceded the advent and passion of Christ—-that is, the law and the prophets—-is called the Old; but those things which were written after His resurrection are named the New Testament.
The New Testament is a collection of works, and as such was written by multiple authors.
The New Testament is the name given to the second and final portion of the Christian Bible.
The term New Testament is a translation from the Latin Novum Testamentum first coined by the second century Christian writer Tertullian.
Views about the authors of the other New Testament works—such as the letters purportedly from such figures such as Peter, James, John, and Jude—fall along similar lines.