HaBrit HaHadashah (the New Testament)
- The Gospel according to Matti (Matthew)
Matti was one of Yeshua’s disciples and he starts his book with a geneology in order to clarify that Yeshua fulfilled all prophecies. He describes the life and work of the Messiah and shows that Yeshua is the promised Messiah of Israel while pointing at the prophecies of the Tanakh.
- The Gospel according to Markos (Mark)
Markos, who is named in the book of Acts and in the letter to the Colossians, tells the story of the life and work of Yeshua the Messiah. He describes the Messiah as the servant of the Lord as described in Isaiah 53, that came to suffer and die for our sins.
- The Gospel According to Lukas (Luke)
Lukas was a doctor. He invested a great deal of effort writing this book. He interviewed eyewitnesses and gathered every piece of information he could find. His emphasis is on the need for prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit.
- The Gospel According to Yochanan (John)
Yochanan was one of the closest disciples of Yeshua, and he describes Yeshua’s life and work in order that the reader might believe that he is the promised Messiah, the Son of God. His book is very different from the other three books of the Gospel and it describes many incidents and sermons that are not mentioned by the others.
- Ma’asei HaShlichim (Acts)
Ma’asei HaShlichim was written by Lukas the doctor, who was a friend of the apostle Sha’ul (Paul). In this book he describes the events after Yeshua ascended to heaven. It’s the fascinating story of how the Gospel was spread not only amongst the Jewish people, but also to the gentiles and all the way to Rome. At the center of the stories are Keifa (Peter) and Sha’ul.
This letter is the first one in the collection of New Testament letters that were written to different congregations. Most of them were written by Sha’ul who made sure to keep in touch with the congregations in the diaspora. He explains in this letter that repentance and faith in Yeshua are the only remedy for sin. He tells of God’s mercy and the new life God offers to anyone once his sins are forgiven and he gives his life to Yeshua.
- The First Letter to the Corinthians
Sha’ul gives help to the congregation in Corinth in questions of morality and conscience, and provides guidelines for congregational life. He also explains the meaning of Messiah’s resurrection from the dead.
- The Second Letter to the Corinthians
This is a personal letter from Sha’ul that describes his care and his love for the congregation. He clarifies the need for repetance, and for providing help and charity for the holy ones. He also warns against false prophets and defends his status against his opponents.
- The Letter to the Galatians
Sha’ul explains that the correct relationship between man and God comes only through faith in the Messiah Yeshua, and not through deeds. The most famous part of the letter is the description of the „fruit of the spirit” – love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control
- The Letter to the Ephesians
Sha’ul describes how God released his believers from the chains of sin and tore down the wall that separates Jews from gentiles, so that gentiles can also experience God’s love and salvation through faith in the Messiah. He encourages the believers to put on the „armor of God”.
- The Letter to the Phillipians
Sha’ul describes the love and peace of the believers. He writes this letter while sitting in jail, and despite that, the letter is filled with joy, love and hope.
- The letter to the Colossians
Sha’ul explains that God created the world through his son, Yeshua the Messiah. Only Yeshua can save man and give him new life. Sha’ul also shows how to put the new life into practice.
- The First Letter to the Thessalonians
In this letter, which was written shortly after his visit to the town of Thessaloniki, Sha’ul encourages his readers to live ther lives according to God’s will. He encourages and comforts them. He also answers questions regarding the End of Time and of Yeshua’s second coming.
- The Second Letter to the Thessalonians
Here Sha’ul corrects a few misunderstandings regarding the End of Time and Yeshua’s second coming. He encourages the beleivers to hold firmly to their faith and keep up their good work.
- The First Letter to Timothy
In this letter Sha’ul writes to his friend Timotheus (Timothy) who was his helper and the leader of the congregation in Ephesus. Instructions are given on the organization of a congregation as well as some personal advice.
- The Second Letter to Timothy
In this letter Sha’ul sends personal advice to Timotheus to firmly hold onto his faith in the Gospel of the Messiah. This is the last letter Sha’ul wrote before he was executed.
Sha’ul writes to his friend and helper, Titus, who was a leader of the congregation in Crete. He gives advice on the required characteristics of a leader of a congregation and on how he should lead his congregation.
Sha’ul writes to his friend Philemon whose slave, Onesimus, has escaped. Onesimus met Sha’ul and came to faith in the Messiah. Sha’ul asks Philemon to take care of Onesimus as a brother in the faith.
- The Letter to the Hebrews
The author of this letter describes Yeshua’s greatness and emphasizes the fulfillment of the prophecies in the Tanakh through Yeshua the Messiah. The letter contains broad descriptions of the sacrificial works in the Tabernacle and compares it to Yeshua’s sacrifical atonement on the cross.
- The Letter of Ya’akov (James)
Ya’akov, brother of Yeshua, wrote this letter. He was the leader of the first Messianic Jewish congregation in Jerusalem. He emphasizes that true faith is expressed outwardly through practical deeds. He also emphasizes that it is important to treat everyone equally, since we are all equal in the Lord.
- The First Letter of Keifa (Peter)
In this letter, the apostle Keifa encourages and comforts the beleivers who are suffering because of their faith. He encourages them to see their suffering as a trial in faith.
- The Second Letter of Keifa (Peter)
In this letter, Keifa helps his readers in their fight against false prophets. He emphasizes the value of true knowledge and tells about the promised second coming of the Messiah.
- The First Letter of Yochanan (John)
The apostle Yochanan shows that the beleivers are the sons of God. God is love and the beleivers must love one another. He also points to the gift God has given us – eternal life.
- The Second Letter of Yochanan (John)
Yochanan encourages his readers to love one another and warns against false prophets and false teachings.
- The Third Letter of Yochanan (John)
Yochanan writes to a congregational leader named Gaius. He thanks Gaius for his help to his brothers in faith. This is the shortest book in the Bible.
- The Letter of Yehuda (Jude)
Yehuda, a brother of Yeshua, warns the readers against false teachers. He describes their activities and God’s judgement upon them. He encourages his readers to hold onto, guard and defend their faith.
The apostle Yochanan received great revelation on the island of Patmos. He sees the events of the end of human history and beyond. He encourages the believers who suffer for their faith and concludes that, in the end, all the power, the kingdom and the glory, belong to God, and the victory is His.