Book by Book continues with the second epistle to be covered in this series: First Corinthians. First Corinthians is a book filled with practical advice and popular verses. But, like the rest of the New Testament, it has a historical and cultural setting that allows us to reap a richer meaning from the text.
The book of Acts is the only one of its kind in the New Testament. The book of Acts is the only book in the New Testament that deals with history. Unlike the gospels that address biography, the epistles that give instruction to the church, and Revelation that has a prophetic thrust, Acts is primarily historical.
The Gospel of John is perhaps the most unique of the four in the canon of Scripture. Unlike its three predecessors, this Gospel is comparatively not synoptic in nature. While Matthew has been styled as a Gospel directed toward Jewish reader, Mark toward Romans, and Luke toward Greeks, John is usually styled as a Gospel for everyone.
Luke is the third and final synoptic Gospel, but it is more than a monotonous repetition of Matthew and Mark. In fact, Luke goes into more detail concerning the events around Christ’s birth than any other Gospel (Luke 1), and such beloved parables as the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son are found only in Luke (Lk. 10:25-37, 15:11-32).