The editors of the New Oxford Annotated Study Bible begin the seven-page introduction to the New Testament as such:
“The New Testament comprises the twenty-seven books that constitute the second of the two portions into which the Bible is naturally divided. A more appropriate word than “testament” to designate the character of these books is “covenant.” This is the word that the Bible uses in referring to the relationship that God has established with God’s people.”
These books, written in the first one hundred years after the death and resurrection of Jesus, give us a rich insight into how God in human flesh has changed people and the world. In these pages we come to know God through the Gospels (and the story of Jesus.) We are immersed in the history of Christ’s followers, and we read their letters. And we will encounter words that discuss God’s will for the future.
II Timothy 3:16-17
16 All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 so that the person of God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.
As I open the words of the New Covenant, open my heart to a deeper relationship with my Lord and Savior, Jesus, in whose name I pray. Amen.