Individual Writing Apostles

This is a subsidiary post of Apostles.
It is also a subsidiary post of New Testament.

Subsidiary post:  How the Individual Writing Apostles Bear Witness to Each Other

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The apostolic testimony that has come down to us (i.e. the New Testament), consists primarily in the testimony of the witnesses in the list below.  The list is ordered with those from whom we have the most testimony listed first.  The gospel of Jesus Christ can be studied in terms of the gospel according to each of these, and other, witnesses.  (When I say “other witnesses” I am thinking of people like John the Baptist, Mary the mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene, Zaccheus, Lazarus, Stephen, and many others whose testimonies are included in the writings of these men – for more on them, see John the Baptist and Other Witnesses and Workers.)

The collection of writings that came to be called the New Testament represents the literary output of eight men.  When you consider that Mark’s Gospel was a transcription of Peter’s oral testimony and that Luke was Paul’s co-worker, you can say that the New Testament is the collective witness of a half-dozen men.  And since the bulk of the testimony comes from three men, we can think of there being a primary trio of witnesses (Peter, Paul, and John) and a secondary trio (Matthew, James, and Jude).

About 85% of the New Testament can be attributed to that first tier of witnesses, and 15% to the second.  A further breakdown, attributing a portion of the New Testament to each witness, can be see below.  Do not, however, attach too much meaning to these breakdowns because, for example, we learn a lot from Peter through John and Matthew (and even through Paul because Luke wrote extensively about Peter in the book of Acts).

Let us therefore, especially in light of 2 Timothy 3:14, think of the New Testament as the testimony of…

…Peter  –  10%

1 and 2 Peter
The Gospel according to Mark (because Mark was transcribing Peter’s memoirs)

…Paul  –  57%

The Epistles to Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews
The Gospel according to Luke (because Luke was a co-worker of Paul)
The Acts of the Apostles (because Luke was the author)

…John  –  18%

1 and 2 and 3 John
The Gospel according to John
The Revelation of John

And the testimony of Peter, Paul, and John was reinforced by the testimony of…

…Matthew (a tax collector and one of the twelve)  –  13%

The Gospel according to Matthew

…James (a son of Mary and brother of the Lord)  –  1%

The Epistle of James

…Jude (a son of Mary and brother of the Lord)  –  <1%

The Epistle of Jude

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