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Why Four Gospels Pt I

Updated on June 8, 2008

Why Four Gospels Pt I

Why Four Gospels? Part I

This is the first part of a four part series. Before starting, a short introduction is needed. With the exception of the Gospel of John, the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke seems to repeat themselves in some areas. That is where the term, "synoptic Gospels" comes into use. Synoptic, means, "with the same eye", according to the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary.

But, to answer the question as to "why" four gospels: it's because each gospel is targeted to a different audience.

First, in the order as presented in the Bible is Matthew. His audience was to those with a Jewish background or at least had knowledge of Jewish laws and traditions. Matthew wrote from Jerusalem, according to The New Unger's Bible Dictionary. Christ quoted from the Old Testament at least 40 times. For example in Matthew's gospel Christ states, "Do not think that I've come to abolish the law or the Prophets: I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them...." If a person was not familiar with the Old Testament laws, this statement would have little meaning. But, most Jews who heard the words of Christ knew to what He was referring. Matthew's Gospel starts the genealogy of Christ by going tracing Christ's birth line from Abraham and to the time of Joseph, the husband of Mary. This is another example of having to know the law to understand the importance of this genealogy. Later in the gospel of Matthew's he deals with the birth of Christ and later he deals with the baptism of Christ. After His baptism, Matthew's gospels parallels the other synoptic gospels in writing about Christ's journey's, crucifixion, resurrection and sightings by others.

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