This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The Gospels Essay

554 words - 2 pages

Theocentric StudiesThe four Gospels are neither histories of the life of Christ nor biographies. They are portraits of the person and work of the long promised Messiah, Israel's King and the world's Savior. As portraits they present four different poses of one unique personality. Matthew by the Holy Spirit presents Christ as King, Mark as Servant, Luke as Man, and John as God.Although featuring Christ as King, Matthew sketches His role as a King in closest connection with His character as Servant, as Man, and as God (Matthew 13:53-19:30). Likewise, although featuring Him as Servant, Mark depicts Christ's servant role in closest connection with His character as King, Man and God (Mark 11:1-16:1-8). Similarly Luke focuses the spotlight on Christ as Man and John as God, but like other evangelists they do not separate Him from His full- orbed character (Luke 4:14-9:50, John 1:19-2:50).The four Gospels narrate, largely, the same things, but with some differences. Only Matthew and Luke tell of the Birth and childhood of Jesus (Matthew 1:14-9:1, Luke 1:5-4:13). Matthew and Mark dwell on the Galilean Ministry; Luke, the Perean; John, the Judean. John omits most of the Galilean Ministry, and records visits to Jerusalem that the others omit (Luke 9:51-19:27). The others omit the Judean Ministry, except the Last Week, which all four cover rather extensively. The Last Week occupies one-third of Matthew, approximately one-third of Mark, one-quarter of Luke, and one-half of John. John devotes seven chapters, about one-third of his book, to Crucifixion Day, sunset to sunset. Thus all four writers present the one and same Person: the God-Man, Servant of the Lord, King of Israel, humanity's Redeemer.The special emphasis...

Find Another Essay On The Gospels

Inadequcies of Language in the Gospels

1541 words - 7 pages The word gospel simply means good news. The purpose of the gospels? To give it’s readers reason after reason to believe in it’s words. Faith is not without reason, just as reality cannot exist without language. Historically, the very existence of the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John merely provide historical evidence of a man of importance that walked this Earth known as Jesus of Nazareth; which is little less historically accurate due to

The Synoptic Problem in the New Testament Gospels

1545 words - 6 pages The synoptic problem is the basis of historical critical scholarship of the gospels. As a result, the solution to the synoptic problem will influence "one's redaction criticism, and form criticism of the gospels as well as affect the quest for the historical Jesus, early church history, and even the text of the gospels"(Carlson). And the synoptic problem is an examination into the existence and nature of the literary interrelationship among the

The Question of Truth Unearthed by Non-Canonical Gospels

1787 words - 8 pages complete and containing a full spectrum of godly discernment? The essence of these questions center completely around one central issue: non-canonical books. When we look at the Bible and its' spectrum of knowledge, we must also look at what has been removed. When we compare canonical vis-à-vis non-canonical gospels we can see that non-canonical gospels do play a significant role in the role of the church and the formation of the Christian

Son of God compared with the four gospels

1995 words - 8 pages . The purpose of this paper is to compare and contrast the four gospels of the Bible as well as the film Son of God directed by Christopher Spencer. After comparing and contrasting I will discuss how when filmmakers create films based on biblical stories or Jesus Christ they take the "best" bits and pieces of the four gospels. I will explore the miracle of Jesus Walking on water, Jesus healing the paralytic, as well as the feeding of five

The portrayal of jesus christ in the four gospels of the new testement

781 words - 3 pages Portrayals of jesus in the gospelsShort Writing Assignment #2Each of the four gospels contained in the New Testament portrays a different and unique portrait of Jesus. Mark's gospel represents Jesus as the suffering servant, while Matthew shows Jesus as the new Moses. Luke stresses Jesus' inclusion of the outcasts and then John's non-synoptic gospel shows Jesus as God's presence and as an otherworldly figure.Mark portrays Jesus as a powerful yet

Comparison of the synoptic gospels in "plucking heads of grain in the sabb.ath"

525 words - 2 pages The gospels, which seem more of a proclamation to be preached than a biography of Jesus, reflect the historical nucleus of Jesus' life. All three synoptic gospels transmit the same central content, reflecting on Jesus' teachings and his status as the Messiah announced in the Old Covenant. However, they differ because of dissimilar view points and focus, different audiences, and different circumstances under which they were written. Some of the


1226 words - 5 pages Introduction Inerrancy and the Gospels, authored by Vern Polythress, confronts the challenges of harmonizing the gospels. Polythress is professor of New Testament interpretation at Westminster Theological Seminary. He earned his M.Div. and Th.M. in apologetics from that seminary. He also has an M.Litt in New Testament from the University of Cambridge, as well as a Th.D. in New Testament from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa

Examination of the book of John (and how it relates to the synoptic Gospels)

2136 words - 9 pages Before discussing the book of John specifically, an explanation of what the gospels actually are, how they came into existence, and why they are universally accepted by Christians is needed. The gospels are broken down into synoptic (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) and one Johannite gospel (referring to the book of John). Putting the differences between the synoptics and the Johannite version aside for now, it should be noted that all of these books

The Teachings of Jesus Christ in the Gospels of Matthew and John

1517 words - 6 pages spin on the Old Testament. He calls his followers to love their enemies as they love themselves - no matter what the situation is.The Sermon on the Mount may be one of the most famous discourses given by Jesus, but it is certainly not his only oration in which he preaches about his message. The Gospel of John, the last of the four major gospels, was written longer after the other three synoptic gospels. The Gospel of John offers a deeper look

Justice. I defined justice using the synoptic gospels as a means to arrive at a definition

4523 words - 18 pages paper. My aim is toillustrate the specific questions of justice as they pertain to The Gospels of Matthew,Mark and Luke (commonly referred to as the synoptic gospels). In this attempt, mycritical first step is to place the three gospels within the historical context of theirwriting. A summary of the text will follow. I shall focus on a coherent set of eventscommon to all three works, but will also account for some discrepancies between thestory

Investigating What Synoptic Gospels Can tell Christians about the Nature of Discipleship

1063 words - 4 pages Investigating What Synoptic Gospels Can tell Christians about the Nature of Discipleship The synoptic gospels not only tell Christians about the nature of Jesus, but the nature of discipleship. The word Synoptic means, "presenting a summary of the principal parts or a general view of the whole". When relating it to the fact that it is a general view of the whole, the Synoptic Gospels show a view of Jesus' life though their

Similar Essays

The Synoptic Gospels Essay

1035 words - 4 pages The Synoptic Gospels There is no real solution to the synoptic problem. What is the synoptic problem? "The synoptic problem is the existence of which was practically unknown to the ancient ecclesiastical writers as defined in the Catholic encyclopedia" (Synoptics). "These gospels recall the same events of Jesus' life in the same order of succession and in phrases that range from the similar to the identical" (Synoptics)."To grasp the complexity

The Synoptic Gospels Essay

2168 words - 9 pages The Synoptic Gospels are composed of the gospels of Mark, Matthew, and Luke. These three gospels covered many of the same stories; yet, they disagree with each other on various details within certain stories. Also, numerous events that are in Mark, is not in Matthew or Luke and vice versa. Many historians have concluded that Mark was the first of the three gospels written and that Matthew and Luke used Mark as a source to their own gospels. The

How The Gospels Were Written Essay

2546 words - 10 pages How the Gospels Came to Be Written By John Coyne To understand how the Gospels generally recognized by all the Christian Churches as authentic came to be written and placed in the place of honor they hold in these churches, one has to look at the historical setting that gave rise to their composure After Jesus died, and the Church began on Pentecost, the followers of Jesus considered themselves to be Jewish, and continued to practice their

Who Wrote The Gospels And Why?

524 words - 2 pages Who wrote the Gospels and Why?The new testament contains four (4) accounts of the story of Jesus' life, death and resurrectionas presented by Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, The 3 accounts are similar, while Johns bible presents Jesusin a unique way.These differences exist because Matthew and Luke got their information from Mark and John gothis information from another source, maybe John did not have access to the other gospels or he chose notto use