The Greek Scriptures
The order of the books in most
Bibles, today, is not the original order. Here then, in detail, is the correct
order of the books of the New Testament.
First: Matthew; Mark; Luke; John; Acts. This is
the 'Torah' of the New Testament, the first 5 books.
Then the 7 general epistles: James; Peter (1);
Peter (2); John (1); John (2); John (3); and Jude. Notice that Jude, the 12th
book, introduces Paul's epistles.
Paul's epistles, then, the later ones containing
the final revelation to humans — the mature teachings — called the 'secret'
or 'mystery', -- the writings to the Body of MESSIAH are: Romans; Corinthians
(1); Corinthians (2); Galatians; Ephesians; Philippians; Colossians;
Thessalonians (1); Thessalonians (2).
At this point note that Paul
wrote 9 letters to 7 ecclesias (assemblies, congregations, or groups), and 4
letters to 3 individual persons. The 2nd group, at Corinth, and the 7th
group, at Thessalonica, receiving 2 epistles each. The 2 letters to the 7th
(and final) group at Thessalonica deal with the end time.
So Hebrews comes 10th in Paul's
epistles, and 22nd in the New Testament overall.
Finally, Paul's 4 letters to 3 individuals:
Timothy (1); Timothy (2); Titus; and Philemon. This completes Paul's
6. The last book of all in the
book of books is Revelation. This is the 27th book of the New
Testament. It takes scriptures from all over the Bible, putting them into the
The vast majority of New
Testament manuscripts reflect this order of the books. This original order was
rearranged by the Roman Catholic Ecclesia in the Latin Vulgate version. Up
until the 4th century A.D. all of the ecclesiastical Fathers who
list the New Testament books do so by placing the Jewish epistles FIRST,
followed by Paul’s epistles. Not only that, but the ancient Aramaic manuscripts
also follow this order. It also agrees
with the concept that James, Peter and John were emissaries that came BEFORE
Paul -- see Galatians 1:17. The old manuscript order also agrees with the
concept that Peter, James and John served as THREE PILLARS which Paul’s message
was to replace and take preeminence.
Gal.2:8–9: For, He that energized
in Peter, into an apostleship to the circumcision, energized also in me, for
the Gentile. And when they perceived the favor which had been given to me,
James, Cephas, and John -- who were reputed to be pillars, gave the right hand
of fellowship to me and Barnabas, in order that we should go to the Gentiles,
and they to the circumcision.
The reader of the New Testament
was intended to read the “Jewish epistles” 1st and then to read
Paul’s epistles, having already understood the Jewish epistles.