The Synoptic Gospels

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The Synoptic Gospels

The New Testament contains four Gospel accounts, where Gospel means ‘good news’ and that news is that the long awaited Saviour has come into the world in order to reconcile all mankind back to their creator God.

The four Gospels are:

Author Status Purpose
Matthew Apostle of Jesus Writes about the King of the Jews
Mark Writing for Peter Writes about the Son of Man
Luke Historian Writes about the Saviour of the World
John Apostle of Jesus Writes about the Son of God

The first three are known as the synoptic Gospels because their content is very similar. In fact 95% of Mark, the first Gospel to be written, can be found in Matthew and Luke, although it is highly recommended that all three should be read and compared to get the full story. They are called synoptic from the Greek syn, which means together and the Greek optic that means view or see.

John’s Gospel is altogether a different experience, where John sets out to give an insight more into Jesus who was both fully man and fully God.

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