The scripture references below go with today’s post of A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.
The four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), situated as they are at the beginning of the New Testament, were, at the time they were initially brought together as a collection, called “the memoirs of the apostles.” The remainder of the New Testament consists of letters (also called epistles) written in the course of ministry mainly to groups of believers, though occasionally to individuals.
The phrase “memoirs of the apostles” is first attributed to Justin Martyr who lived during the first half of the 2nd Century. He was thus not a part of the New Testament church himself, but lived shortly thereafter.
Jeremiah 6:16 (Let us today “ask for the ancient paths” that we might find our way to God. The ancient paths, of course, are mapped for us in the Old and New Testaments.)
If you are familiar with the Bible, or if you want to hear more from it, you may want to read one of my other blogs: A Bible Reader’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.
Any quotations of Scripture are taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.