Date: Approximately AD 50-60.
This book, primarily written to a Jewish audience, uses numerous Old Testament references to prove that Jesus is the promised Messiah the Jews have been anticipating for centuries.
Matthew begins with a genealogy, to show Jesus ancestry, (as promised by the prophets) and then continues to tell about Jesus life, teachings, his death and resurrection.
Date: Approximately AD 40.
The earliest and shortest narrative, Mark addresses a non Jewish audience. He skips Jesus' birth, and dives straight into his ministry, miracles, death and resurrection.
Date: Approximately AD 50-60
This gospel is the most universal and the least Jewish. Luke was a doctor and historian, and he writes this account to someone named Theophilus, who was likely a Roman official.
Being an historian, Luke's account is detailed and precise. He traces Mary's genealogy, all the way back to Adam. Luke also wrote the book of Acts, recording the lives of the early Christians.
Date: Approximately AD 70-90.
The first 3 gospels are called 'synoptic', meaning they take a common view. The book of John is different. He records no parables, and less miracles. Instead John describes in greater detail Jesus' divinity, and explains why He came to earth. Johns gospel is often called: the love gospel.
Can we trust the new testament? 3 MINS.
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