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The Synoptic Gospels

Updated on August 5, 2013
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Matthew, Mark, Luke and John

So the rhyme and song goes.

Upon closer examinations,

Studies and observations,

Synoptic dissertations,

I propose:

The order should be

Mark, Matthew, Luke and John.

Really the order does not matter

Every time

A gospel is discovered

The story of Jesus

Just gets better.

Still, I challenge thee -

Take a closer look

And see if you see what I see:

Mark tells us, “Listen! Listen! Wait! Wait!”

Jesus is returning!

Matthew instructs, lays down the rules.

Practice your faith.

Help those less fortunate than you.

Glorious Luke promises golden gates and skies of blue.

But for me when I am facing a dark night,

It is the Book of John I turn to in order to feel the light.

Steve Kinzie plays with Jeff Powell on guitar and William Limbach who harmonizes in a most heavenly fashion.

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      Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Lol! Where's it gone Kim? I guess the Spirit is invisible after all :)

      Have a wonderful evening;

      R.Q.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      The Spirit is alive in that song, and your words prepare. Very good. ^

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      Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Hi Kim;

      Your Hub is back! Clicked on it a couple of times, a few hours ago, but it said ' Unpublished ', hence the li'l joke :)

      It seems that John concentrates more on the love, so the light is definitely shining brightly there. I heard somewhere that Mark was the oldest Gospel account, so you could be on to something there, if you're a scholar.

      Have a lovely evening, and all the best to you;

      Yours Sincerely,

      R.Q.

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      cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      great hub ..kim ..

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      Max Havlick 3 years ago from Villa Park, Illinois

      Oh Kim, your purposcacious baiting, while elegant and fascinating as usual, and brutally effective, is not this time so subtle.

      I get weak just thinking of all the years I wasted away in theological seminary, in so many graduate schools I lost count, and in endless independent research, studying the ancient scriptures in their original languages (Intermediate Greek at Harvard Divinity School in summer 1972, for instance), studying in hard-core scholarship every conceivable type of historical and social scientific analysis and everything else relevant to my desire to understand as fully as possible the human man Jesus of Nazareth, and how, why, and to what effect the early Christians exalted him into mythological status to become, for good or for ill or a mixture of both, the dominant influence in Western civilization and culture the past 2,000 years!

      Things that other smart and undoubtedly more practical people seem to know all they need to know with just the usual dose of human pain and suffering!

      But that, perhaps, shows well the glory of our wonderful Western Christian Enlightenment culture at its best: we each get to break all these things down in our own way and to suit our own purposes.

      If when facing a dark night of your own, you can feel the light by turning to the Gospel of John compiled if not fully written by the Ephesus church near the end of the first century, you are in a vast company of others in America today, and I for one, am happy that you have that means of consolation.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      How wonderful to begin my day with comments from so many lovely people.

      RQ,

      I was afraid you had left HP. When I last visited your page, there was only one hub and I could not get that one to open. I sent you a fan mail inquiring. So, in other words, I am glad to see you. And yes, I am having a difficult time getting hubs published. Here than gone, etc.. So glad the powers that be decided to let this one return. Thank you for your insightful comments. I will go back to your part of the stratosphere and see if your hubs have returned.

      Jackie and cleaner3,

      Thanks for reading the hub and leaving nice comments. Your support is greatly appreciated.

      My Dear Max,

      I will be sending you a response via email.

      Best to all of you and wishing you a great day,

      Kim

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      Ann 3 years ago

      I read the Bible nearly every . I am so glad that you write on HubPages it is so nice to be able to just go online and fine something with so much meaning.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Ann,

      Per always, thanks for checking out my work and leaving such nice comments.

      Kim

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      Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Dear Kim;

      Even more encouraging, and beautiful on the second read.

      Unfortunately, I never received your mail in regards to your inquiry, or I would have responded without delay - thank you so much for your concern; that really touched me today.....

      The hundred and twenty odd Hubs, I took down temporarily, partly because some of the work was being plagiarized, but have dealt with that now, and shall republish. Look forward to reading your new work, and hope you have a wonderful day too :)

      Yours Sincerely,

      R.Q.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      RQ,

      I am sad you had to deal with plagiarism issues, but I am glad you are still here. Kind of feel a kindred spirit with you for (if I am not mistaken) we started publishing work on HP about the same time.

      SMILES TO YOU,

      Kim

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      Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Dealing with plagiarism is always a pain in the wotsit, and yeah; I feel the same too Kim, it was about the same time we came on here :) A coathanger smile right back at ya!

      Have a lovely afternoon;

      R.Q.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, sweet Kim,

      This is beautiful! How creative is your work. I have been away a day or so, and look what glorious work you have written. Yes, that music is heavenly and, as Jackie has written, the Spirit is present!

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Faith,

      If anyone deserves a break, it is you my dear friend.

      Thank you for the support.

      Blessings to you,

      Kim

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Such a great red and voting up for sure. Here's to many more to follow.

      Eddy.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Eddy,

      You always make my day. Thank You!

      Kim

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