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THE HE canon of the New Testament consists of twenty-seven books, which were written by eight different authors, all of whom were contemporary with our Saviour. These books were written at different times, and at places remote from each other; and when the latest of them was published, the Gospel had been preached, and churches founded, in many parts of Asia, Europe, and Africa. Different churches at first received different books, according to their situation and circumstances; their canons were gradually enlarged, and it was not long, though the precise time is not known, before the same, or very nearly the same, books were acknowledged by the Christians of all countries. These books may be divided into four parts; namely, the Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, the Epistles, and the Revelation.
The word Evangelium, rendered Gospel, signifies in Greek authors any joyful tidings, and is exactly answerable to our English word Gospel, which is derived from the Saxon words, God (good) and spel, (speech or tidings.) The doctrine of salvation taught by Jesus Christ is called Gospel, or good tidings, in several passages of the New Testament, Matt. iv. 23; Mark xiii. 10; Ephes. i. 13. Hence, in time, the name came to signify the history of Christ's preaching and miracles.
The four Gospels contain each of them the history of our Saviour's life and ministry; but we must remember, that no one of the Evangelists undertook to give an account of all the miracles which Christ performed, or of all the instructions which He delivered. They are written with different degrees of conciseness; but every one of them is sufficiently full to prove that Jesus was the promised Messiah, the Saviour of the world, who had been predicted by a long succession of Prophets, and whose advent was expected at the time of his appearance, both by Jews and Gentiles. Bps. Percy and Tomline.
That all the books, which convey to us the history of events under the New Testament, were written and immediately published by persons contemporary with the