Francis E. Gigot

Outlines of the Life of Our Lord, Vol. 1

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Francis E. Gigot
   - Outlines of the Life of Our Lord, Vol. 1

Excerpt from Outlines of the Life of Our Lord, Vol. 1: Up to the Beginning of Our Lord's Public Ministry

I. What is the New Testament? The New Testament is a part of the Bible, i. e., of the collection of writings recognized as Holy Writ by the Church of God. These writings are seventy-two in number. forty-five of which, written before Christ, are called the Old Testament, whilst the other twenty-seven, written since our Lord's coming, make up the New Testament. The most intimate connection exists between the Old and New Testaments: this connection extends alike to doctrines revealed, facts recorded, customs described and even expressions used.

Equally intimate is the connection between the books of the New Testament and the historical records of the Church. Indeed, they form the most valuable part of these records, for (1) they alone make known to us the life and work of our Lord and His first disciples, their actions and their teachings; (2) they alone were written under that special guidance of the Holy Ghost, which is called Inspiration, and in virtue of which they are truly the Word of God.

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