What are the names of the four gospels in the new testament of the Bible?
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
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The names of the first four books of the New Testament are Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
Answer . This question has two answers. The gospels are traditionally placed in the order: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, so the first is Matthew. However, there is very strong evidence that Mark was the first gospel to be written, and that Matthew and Luke used Mark as their primary sources, so M…ark was the first gospel written.. (MORE)
The first four books of the New Testament are called the Gospels . Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
Each gospel appeals to a different reader. For example, Matthew appeals to the Jews by citing Jewish geneology tracing Jesus back to David, and explaining how this makes Jesus king of kings. And Luke mainly caters to Gentiles.
Oldest when he wrote: John the disciple on the isle of Patmos recorded the Revelation of Jesus Christ that he had there.. Answer: . We know nothing of the ages of the Gospel writers. However, it is possible to deduce some ideas of from the facts about each of them.. Mark was a young man (possi…bly a teenager) at the time of Jesus' ministry as, traditionally, it was at his mother's house that the Last Supper was believed to have been eaten. She, as an active woman was probably no more than 35-40 as life expectancy was no more than 50 or so in those days. This places Mark at around 18 or so at the time of Jesus' ministry - around AD 30. mark was believed to have written his Gospel in the 50s AD meaning that he was probably no more than 40 at the time of writing.. Matthew and Luke were already working adults - Matthew as a tax collector having undergone extensive training by the Romans, and Luke was a doctor - again having undergone lengthy training. This means that, at the time of writing their gospels in the 50s or 60s AD they would have been older than Mark - possibly in their 50s - quite old men for those days.. John , however, was almost certainly a teenager at the time of Jesus' ministry possibly no more than 15 or 16 as his father Zebedee was still an active fisherman at John's calling to follow Jesus, so he would probably have been only in his 30s or early 40s. He and his brother James were called the 'Sons of Thunder' - in other words they were typical beligerent teenagers! It is agreed by Bible scholars that his gospel was written around 80 - 95 AD and therefore this places John as a very old man indeed (in the standards of those days) at possibly 70-85 at the time of its writing.. Thus it is probably that the youngest disciple of Jesus (or at least one of the youngest) was the oldest Gospel writer. (MORE)
There are more than four books in the New Testament. You are probably thinking of the four Gospels of the New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
Yes, all of the Gospels are at the start of the New Testament; John is the fourth Gospel coming after Matthew, Mark, and Luke.
A: John's Gospel was loosely based on Luke's Gospel, which was in turn based on Mark's Gospel, while there are good grounds for believing that Matthew , also based on Mark , was written some time before Luke . Thus, John was the last New Testament gospel to be written, and is dated to the early… decades of the second century. (MORE)
Another answer from our community: I believe the oldest gospel in the New Testament is the Gospel ofMark, which according to the information I found on the web, can bedated to around 70 CE, or 35-40 years after the time most peoplebelieve Jesus died. Others consider the evidence that Matthew wrot…e a Gospel first inAramaic. This Gospel, thought now lost, would have been the first,and then translated into the Greek version we now have. (MORE)
In the King James translation, Elijah is rendered as "Elias." This is not a "new" name; it's the Greek form of the Hebrew name "Elijah."
This is an interesting question. Each gospel tells the "same"story, in the sense that they agree: Jesus was born as a child, He became a rabbi and began a ministry,He chose disciples, He performed miracles, He preached withincredible authority, He gained popularity but that was not Hisoverall goal, …He predicted several times He would be killed byIsrael's highest authority, the authorities in Israel were dividedover Him with many coming to despise and fear Him, eventually therewas a conspiracy leading to His arrest, trial and illegitimateexecution by Roman crucifixion, the disciples fell into despair atHis death, later the women who spent years with Jesus found Histomb empty, He appeared to the disciples and they began to realizethat He had come to be a sacrifice to save them from sin foreverand that He gave the disciples the command to share His story andbaptize them as believers before He left the earth to "be with theFather." Now, the gospels, though at least 3 of them appear to borrowmaterial from each other, do share uniquely different viewpoints ofthe same story. Roughly speaking, Matthew's gospel is a good resource for the Jews (or Hebrews) tounderstand Jesus. He quotes from the Old Testament (which the Jewswere intimately familiar with) more than any other gospel writer.He demonstrates how Jesus was indeed the fulfillment of the ancientpromises that a Messiah would come. An example is that He puts agenealogy of Jesus right in the beginning of His gospel which showsthe very properly Jewish, patriarchal line of Jesus' birth. Mark's gospel is "simpler," containing key essences of Jesus'ministry including that He was a miracle worker and the Son of Godcome as a sacrifice. It appears to be directed more toward anon-Jewish audience as it does not use strictly Jewish terms thatmight confuse non-Jews. Mark also uses some Latin phrases whichmake it seem as though His gospel was made to help the Romansunderstand Jesus. Luke wrote his gospel in Greek and was himself an educated Gentile(non-Jew). His gospel has a genealogy of Jesus, however it does notbother to trace Jesus' lineage through famous Jewish men and it isnot placed "front and center" in the beginning of the gospel. Onthe other hand, it is incredibly detailed and includes manyintricate descriptions of events. This makes scholars think it wasprobably for Greeks, indeed the beginning of the book says thatLuke had decided to write an "orderly account" of what went on withJesus and Luke addresses the letter to a person "Theophilus." Thisword means "lover of knowledge" and so it may be a pseudonym forsome important or wealthy Greek or Roman of status, or possibly toany person who was interested in "knowledge" of something greatwhich had taken place. This is very Greek: they would not befamiliar with ancient Jewish scripture, so Luke goes light on this,nor would they know as much about the Messiah. What wold they want?Facts, details, descriptions and "knowledge" of the events whichLuke gives in abundance. john's gospel is quite an amazing work. In a sense, it is the mostartistic and interpretive gospel, which is not to say that it takesimproper liberties with Jesus' story, but it really illuminates theglory of who Jesus really is. John opens up not with a genealogynor cold, hard facts, but a list of theological associationsbetween Jesus and His true purpose. John uses metaphors like light,for example, to show Jesus as a special person sent from God toilluminate truth to a darkened world. In these ways, the gospels all share the same story but eachauthor's unique viewpoint helps to describe in full the manydimensions of Jesus' complex legacy. (MORE)
Answer Although there are many differences among the four New Testament gospels, the fundamentals are the same. They all deal with the ministry of Jesus, whom they describe as the son of God, although John's Gospel goes further by implying that he actually was God. They all deal with his crucifixion… and resurrection. Apart from Mark's Gospel in its original form, they all describe the risen Jesus as being seen by the disciples. The "long ending" of Mark's Gospel, apparently added much later, harmonises Mark with the other gospels by adding appearances of the risen Jesus. Scholars say the fundamental similarity of the gospels arises because Mark's Gospel was, directly or indirectly, the main source of information about the life and mission of Jesus for the other three gospels. So part of the sameness of the gospels is their common heritage. (MORE)
Which of the four Gospels of the New Testament in the Bible are written chronologically by order of events?
Answer We only know the probable order of events from the gospels themselves, so it could be hard to state that one is more accurate in terms of chronology than another. However, many Christians accept that John's Gospel, which differs so much from the other gospels, is not in chronological order. M…atthew and Luke are similar to each other and to Mark. Perhaps, since Mark's Gospel was the first of the gospels and was used as the major source for Matthew and Luke, Mark may be more accurate in terms of chronology. Answer The synoptic gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke are all chronological in form. Luke contains the most comprehensive coverage of events so could be regarded as the most chronological in that sense. (MORE)
The Gospel contains the Old Testament, composed of scriptures found prior to Jesus birth or orally transmitted from lost ancient scriptures after Jesus birth, and the New Testament related to Jesus life and teaching. Any early Bible is made of Old and New Testaments as a whole.
Philemon, II John, III John, and Jude are the four books of the New Testament that only have one chapter.
There are quite a few "apocryphal" or secret/hidden gospels. If you limit the definition to narratives of the passion as being a gospel, then there are: . Gospel of Peter . Gospel of Nicodemus (also called the "Acts of Pilate") . Gospel of Bartholomew . Questions of Bartholomew . Resurrection… of Jesus Christ (which claims to be according to Bartholomew ) Prior to the council of Nicea, there was no defined "Bible". It was only when Constantine told the empire that they were now all Christians that he decided he needed a canonical reference to point new members of the faith to, and to base law upon. The major reason for excluding writings from the Bible was that many books used Persian, Zoroastrian symbolism, which the Church Fathers felt would not be understood by Byzantines. Only Revelation, the end of Daniel, bits of Matthew, and the end of John survived. All but Revelation were then removed by early Protestants that thought those additions must be Papist. As to the original logic, indeed, 90% of bogus scripture scholarship sources the very passages they were afraid would be misunderstood. "Catholic" bibles, the ones that say "with apocrypha", contain the missing bits of Daniel, Matthew and John. Some of the texts left out of the Nicean bible are still not translated. One possible other reason that they were left out is that many talk about a split in the early Church between the family of Jesus and the followers of Paul of Tarsus. One can make a pretty good case that the Pauling Christians introduced evangelical Christianity, the whole "came to die for you; confess Jesus is Lord" marketing spiel, and murdered his surviving family. No wonder Constantine was keen to see they were not included. (MORE)
The NewTestament can be divided into five sections 1. The four gospel stories. These tell of the life and teaching of Jesus Christ and all those with whom he came into contact. 2. The Acts of the Apostles. This book tells of the early Christian Church, and of the voyages of Peter, Paul, Barnabas, …Timothy, Silas and so on, all of whom were followers of Jesus. 3. The Letters of Paul to the churches across the Roman Empire and also to individuals 4. Other letters to churches and tio individuals by prominent people in the early Church 5. The Revelation of John where John tells of a vision he saw of the end of the world and the second coming of Jesus Christ. (MORE)
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The New Testament books in the Bible are Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1,2 & 3 John, Jude, and Revelation.
A: The Bible is traditionally published with Matthew as thefirst gospel, followed by Mark, Luke and then John . Chronologically, Mark was the first gospelwritten, as it has been established that this was the major sourcefor the other gospels, either directly ( Matthew, Luke ) orindirectly ( J…ohn ). All the gospels were originally anonymous, so we will never reallyknow who wrote them. Matthew's Gospel was speculatively attributedto the apostle Matthew in the second century, largely because thisgospel has more references to Matthew than any other gospel.However, scholars say it could not have been written by aneyewitness to the events portrayed. Similarly, there is no goodreason to believe that Mark's Gospel was written by Mark. All wecan say is that Mark was written by a particularlyaccomplished writer, skilled in Greek rhetorical techniques. (MORE)
A: The term 'synoptic' means 'seen with the same eye. The Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke are called synoptic gospels because when placed along side each other and read synoptically ('with the same eye') in the original Greek language, there is clearly a literary dependency among them. Scholars h…ave established that Matthew and Luke were copied largely from Mark , but Matthew and Luke also share some material from another source, now known as the 'Q' document. The New Testament gospels were originally anonymous and the attribution of Matthew's Gospel to the disciple whose name it bears, was merely an indspired guess on the part of the second-century Church Father Papias. (MORE)
They are Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts Romans, ! Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Ephesians, Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Galatians, 1 Peter , 2 Peter, Hebrew, ! Thessalonian , 2 Thessalonian, James, Jude, Phil amen , 1John, 2John, 3 John,and Revelations.
Answer 1 In his epistles, Paul spoke of the gospel that he taught, meaning the "good news" about Jesus. Later, when Mark wrote more good news about Jesus, it was natural to call this a gospel as well. Eventually, the word 'gospel' came to mean a genre of scriptural writing, and came to include Ma…tthew, Luke, John and many other gospels that were not included in the New Testament. Answer 2 The Gospels, the first four books of the New Testament. the term Gospel stems directly from the Anglo-Saxon godspel , meaning god-message. However the earlier form god-spel meant "good message". Today many call the Gospel "Good news". And it is certainly "good news" because the gospels tell us what God is like and it tells us that we should be "born again" or regenerated from our old sinful life. The Gospels also tell us how we are to live and love our neighbor as ourselves. The very best "good news" tells us that Jesus Christ came to die on the cross to pay for our sins and that by accepting Him we will have eternal life. Lastly the Gospels tell us of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, which is ultra important. If Jesus had not resurrected from the dead we would have no Savior, there would be no Christian faith, we would be without hope in this world and certainly would not have an after life. To the Christian these things are very 'good news". (MORE)
The New Testament can be described as The New Law as The Old Testament is to The Old Law. Christ brought a new law with Him which was to replace the old law as taught in the Old Testament. He taught that He was the Christ, the son on a living God. He also gave new commandments which the people were …to live by doing away with the old, such as An eye for an eye. He taught that we were to love those who did harm to us and to love our neighbour as ourselves. He gave us the ten commandments and taught us how to pray. To go the extra mile when the need arose. He taught that everyone would be resurrected. (MORE)
The four Gospels (meaning "good news"), were written by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, in the beginning of the New Testament (or the Greek Scriptures), providing an historical account of the life of Jesus.
The "gospel" is the heart of the Bible. Gospel means "glad tidings" or "good news." The "Gospel" [good news] that Jesus preached was: "...The time is fulfilled, and THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS AT HAND : repent ye, and BELIEVE THE GOSPEL [good news]." (Mark 1:15) But, thanks to the god of this worl…d whom our first parents chose for us to worship... that wonderful message has been blocked, contorted, hated, or just plain not believed by most folks since before the flood. The good news of Jesus' establishment of His Kingdom on the earth [believe it or not] WAS PROPHESIED AND PREACHED TO THE PRE-FLOOD WORLD BY ENOCH!!! "...Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, THE LORD COMETH WITH TEN THOUSANDS OF HIS SAINTS , to execute judgment upon all , and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed..." (Jude 1:14-15). The "good news" of the Kingdom of God is "THE PROMISED LAND" [THE EARTH] God promised to Abraham: "...the promise that he should be the HEIR OF THE WORLD , was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith." (Rom.4:13) It's the promised "good news" of the Kingdom of God [the Home God is making for His Children] that all of Abraham's "faithful children" shall inherit with him, along with the second part of the "good news" of Eternal Life promised to Abraham, which comes through the Creator God of the Old Testament and Lord, Jesus Christ - [John 1:3]: "...Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture, forseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, PREACHED BEFORE THE GOSPEL UNTO ABRAHAM , saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed [the Promise of the Christ]. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham ." (Gal.3:7-9). "And IF YE BE CHRIST'S, THEN ARE YE ABRAHAM'S SEED , and HEIRS ACCORDING TO THE PROMISE ." (verse 29) King Nebuchadnezzar had the "gospel" [good news] of the Kingdom of God prophesied and preached to him by Daniel when he interpreted the king's dream [Dan.2]: "...in the days of these kings SHALL THE GOD OF HEAVEN SET UP A KINGDOM, which shall never be destroyed : and the Kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and IT SHALL STAND FOR EVER ." (Dan.2:44) The "gospel" [good news] of the coming Kingdom of God has been the heart of God's message to man since before the flood. And it has been recorded in the Bible. All of it... not just the New Testament. In the New Testament, we merely see the beginning of God's promises to Abraham starting to be fulfilled . The two promises of the Kingdom of God and Salvation [God's Eternal Children living forever in His Eternal Home, specially prepared for them]. And Jesus Christ is fulfilling it. It began after Jesus Christ successfully defeated Satan the Devil in the monumental "temptation" account. The certainty of the "gospel" couldn't be preached until the "KING" of the prophesied Kingdom of God was secured. And it was Jesus who did that: "...the Spirit driveth Him into the wilderness. And He was there in the wilderness forty day, tempted of Satan... Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, PREACHING THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD...." (Mark 1:12-14). It wasn't until AFTER Jesus' temptation... and John the Baptist's ministry came to its end, that the "good news" of the Kingdom of God was preached in earnest by its "NEWLY QUALIFIED" KING. The "gospel" [good news] is: Jesus Christ is the King who shall establish the coming Kingdom of God on earth. It is indeed the joyous good news of the New Testament. And while it is preached and prophesied throughout the Old Testament... it's seeing the promises of God to Abraham coming to pass in the New that lifts the heart and bears the fresh fruit of hope in the faithful who believe what they are reading. " Then shall the KING say unto them on His right hand , Come, ye blessed of My Father, INHERIT THE KINGDOM PREPARED FOR YOU FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD ..." (Matt.25:34). "... ye shall see Abraham , and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD ..." (Luke 13:28). The gospel has always been at the heart of the entire Bible... but for men to be able to see and grasp the fulfillments of the Promises recorded in the New Testament, lends urgency and immediacy to the ancient good news. As the nations of the world grow more restless and panicky and desperate... the good news of God's Government ruling the world... the hope and expectation of it grows. The gospel is ultimately in the heart of God's faithful [Abraham's seed]. (MORE)
All the New Testament gospels were originally written anonymously and only attributed the the apostles whose names they now bear, later in the second century. Since it is unlikely that the gospels were really written by these apostles, it is not necessary to suppose that they were written during the… lifetimes of the apostles. Internal evidence has been used to date Mark convincingly to approximately 70 CE. Matthew is considered by scholars to have been written during the 80s of the first century, although Raymond E Brown ( An Introduction to the New Testament ) cautions that a tolerance of ten years either side of this decade should be allowed. Luke was probably written late in the 90s of the first century, or quite early in the second century. Since John was inspired by Luke , it must be the last of the New Testament gospels. It was written early in the second century, and is known to have been mentioned in 135 CE. (MORE)
It didn't get "added" - the Bible is made up of the old Jewish books (what we call the Old Testament) and the books which concern Christ and the works and writings of his apostles. (what we call the New Testament). So there was no "Bible" before the New Testament.
The New Testament has four books called gospels, known as Matthew, Mark, Luke and John . Although subsequently attributed to eyewitnesses and associates of eyewitnesses, they were actually written anonymously. Scholars say that Matthew, Luke and John were not written independently, but were b…ased directly or indirectly on the Gospel of Mark. The gospels tell of the life and mission of Jesus, his death by crucifixion and his resurrection on the third day. Two of the gospels ( Matthew and Luke ) contain two different stories of the birth of Jesus to Mary and Joseph. Matthew says that Bethlehem was the home town of Mary and Joseph, but that they fled to Egypt for fear of King Herod and, returning after Herod's death, were warned in a dream and turned aside to travel to Nazareth in Galilee. Luke says that Nazareth was the home town of Mary and Joseph, but because of a census they travelled to Bethlehem, where Jesus was born. A few weeks after the birth of Jesus, the young family returned peacefully to Nazareth. The most important passages concern the last twenty-four hours in the life of Jesus, followed by his resurrection and appearance to various people. (MORE)
There is no mention of the Three Kings instead Matthew 2:1 - "After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi [*] from the east came to Jerusalem." ( * Footnote: Traditionally Wise Men ). Matthew 2:7 - Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from the…m the exact time the star had appeared. Matthew 2:16 - When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. Magi , priestly caste in ancient Persia. They are thought to have been followers of Zoroaster, the Persian teacher and prophet, and they professed the doctrines of Zoroastrianism. By the 1st century AD, the magi were identified with wise men and soothsayers. (MORE)
The Books of the New Testament start about in the middle of your Bible (If you have an Old Testament/New Testament Bible) and is labeled "NEW TESTAMENT". .
Answer There were two main branches of Christianity at the time the four New Testament gospels were chosen - the Gnostics and those who are sometimes now referred to as 'Catholic-Orthodox' Christians, since this was long before the Great Schism of 1054. The Gnostics did not choose the four gospels… we now know, preferring other gospels. Wihin Catholic-Orthodox Christianity, Irenaeus proposed that there be exactly four gospels, just as there are four corners to the earth and there are four winds, and that they were Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Irenaeus was from the Greek-speaking east, but had become bishop of Lyons, so both East and West can lay claim to choosing the four gospels. (MORE)
The Old Testament bore the promise of the Christ... the New Testament testifies to its fulfillment. The unbelief of God's "elect," the two houses of Israel, caused them to stumble, fall and be scattered. But this resulted in the closed door of their exclusivity to be opened to "all the families on… earth" [Gen.26:4] to God's salvation through Christ. "...to him who knocks, the door will be opened." (Matt.7:8 NIV) "...The LORD spoke to me with His strong hand upon me, warning me not to follow the way of this people. He said: 'Do not call conspiracy everything that these people call conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it. "The LORD Almighty is the One you are to regard as Holy, He is the One you are to fear, He is the One you are to dread, and He will be your sanctuary; but for BOTH HOUSES OF ISRAEL He will be a Stone that causes men to stumble and a Rock that makes them fall. And for the people of Jerusalem [the Jews] He will be a trap and a snare. Many of them will stumble; they will fall and be broken, they will be snared and captured.' " BIND UP THE TESTIMONY and SEAL UP THE LAW AMONG MY DISCIPLES . "I will wait for the LORD, who is hiding His face from the House of Jacob, I will put my trust in Him." (Isa.8:11-17 NIV) The New Testament COMPLETES the Bible ... the testimony of God . The Old Testament bore God's promises of the restoration of His Kingdom on earth and the salvation of mankind. The New Testament bears witness to the beginnings and the ongoing fulfillment of them. "For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jews on behalf of God's Truth, to confirm the promises made to the patriarchs so that the Gentiles may glorify God for His mercy, as it is written: 'Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles; I will sing hymns to your name.' "Again, it says, 'Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people.'" (Rom.15:8-10 NIV) Jesus' commissioned His disciples to " bind up the testimony " of the Word of God. He revealed Himself to them, that He was the One of whom the Old Testament prophesied: "...'Everything must be fulfilled that is written about Me in the Law of Moses , the Prophets and the Psalms .'" (Luke 24:44 NIV) "Then He opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures." (verse 45) Jesus commissioned and inspired His disciples to write down and complete the Bible for us in these latter days that approach the final fulfillment of the last of the prophecies. In His prayer to His Father in heaven regarding His disciples... Jesus also prayed for you and I: "...'My prayer is not for them alone [not just His disciples]. I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their message ..." (John 17:20 NIV). That's why the New Testament is written: that you and I in these last days, so far removed from that time over two thousand years ago, might believe and grow in Jesus Christ. That we might not believe the conspiracies that men fear and dread... but learn to "fear and dread" Him. "...since we are receiving a Kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptibly with reverence and awe, for our 'God is a consuming Fire.'" (Heb.12:29 NIV) Who could know this, except the disciples had the faith to "bind up" [complete] the testimony? (MORE)
No, Jews do not accept the validity of both the Christian Old and New Testaments. The Jewish Bible is called the Tanach which is what the Old Testament was based on.
Because it was considered to be gnostic, and not authored by Thomas the Apostle. (Though there are other texts in the NT which we now know to be "forgeries" - including some of the Pauline letters - this was not well-known at the time.) Furthermore, there is no support in GThom for what became tenet…s of the Christian faith - miracles, resurrection, the theological significance of Jesus' death, etc. It simply didn't compare with the four orthodox gospels, was criticized early on by Hippolytus, and was never seriously considered for inclusion in the New Testament. -M.W.Grondin (http://www.gospel-thomas.net) (MORE)
A: There are at least three reasons for the inconsistencies and occasional contradictions in the New Testament gospels - the use of more than one multiple primary source, 'filling in the gaps' where the sources do not provide enough information, and the agenda or context of each author. Sourc…es It is traditionally assumed that the four New Testament gospels were written by the apostles whose names they now bear. However, the gospels were originally anonymous and were only attributed by the Church fathers to these apostles later in the second century. Ian Wilson ( Jesus: The Evidence ) says it can come as quite a shock to discover that no-one can even be sure who wrote the gospels. He says that despite the versions printed in our Bibles long having borne the names Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, these names are mere attributions. The consensus of scholars is that the gospel accounts could not have been written by eyewitnesses to the events they portray. The Church Fathers soon realised that there was a literary dependency among, at least, the synoptic gospels, such that two of them must have been copied from a third. They decided that Matthew's Gospel came first and that Mark and Luke were copied from it. Modern scholars agree in principle with the Church Fathers, but say that Mark's Gospel was actually first, and that Matthew and Luke were copied from it. John's Gospel was inspired by Luke , with some material taken direct from Mark . So, Mark's Gospel is one of the sources used by the other three gospels. Another source has been identified for the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. This now-lost document is known by scholars as the hypothetical 'Q' document. Matthew and Luke are reasonably consistent when they use material from Q. However, Q does not generally provide context for the sayings attributed to Jesus, so the two gospels often place the same sayings in a different time or place when describing Jesus teaching those sayings. The Q document seems to have been unknown to the author of Mark , and its absence creates another minor inconsistency. Filling in the gaps Mark's Gospel is the shortest New Testament gospel, and omitted details that the evangelists who followed felt were needed by Christians and potential converts. Both Matthew and Luke believed that the gospels should tell of the birth of Jesus, but neither had any guidance from Mark , except that Jesus came from Nazareth and that his mother was Mary. The burial story suggested the name Joseph for his father, as perhaps did the Old Testament. Both authors knew that the birth must take place in Bethlehem and that a virgin birth would be appropriate in the context of their times. Neither knew what the other would write, so they produced two very different nativity stories. In Matthew's Gospel, Bethlehem was the home town of Joseph and Mary, after the birth of Jesus they fled to Egypt, later beginning to return to Bethlehem, but turned aside to travel to Nazareth instead. In Luke's Gospel, Nazareth was the home town of Joseph and Mary, and they were required to travel to Bethlehem for a census, returning peacefully to Nazareth shortly after the birth of Jesus. Both Matthew and Luke have genealogies linking Jesus back through Joseph to King David, Matthew through Joseph's father Jacob and Luke through Joseph's father Heli. Mark's Gospel originally ended at verse 16:8, with the young man telling the women that Jesus was risen and they told no one. The "Long Ending" (verses 16:9-20) was added to Mark's Gospel long afterwards, but the version known to the authors of Matthew and Luke would certainly have ended at 16:8, with no mention of any resurrection appearances. Each of them had to devise his own story of the resurrection and the subsequent appearances of the risen Jesus. And each of them wrote a different story. The Long Ending added to Mark does straddle the middle ground between the two, creating some appearance of harmony. Agendas More than any of the other gospels, that of Luke is concerned with the poor, reflected in some of the stories unique to Luke , as well as to some of the differences. In Matthew (chapter 5) the first beatitude is, " Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven ." In Luke chapter 6 the first beatitude is, " Blessed be the poor: for theirs is the kingdom of God ." A subtle difference, but a telling one. Matthew's is believed to more closely reflect the original in the Q document, and is spiritual in nature. By omitting 'in spirit', Luke has dramatically changed its meaning in line with its concern for the poor. John's Gospel, is loosely based on Luke's Gospel, but its author felt less constrained to remain faithful to his source than had Matthew and Luke . The synoptic gospels had given the 'Cleansing of the Temple' as the final trigger for the arrest of Jesus, but for theological reasons the author of John wanted to make the resurrection of Lazarus the final trigger. He therefore moved the Cleansing of the Temple out of the way, to the beginning of his story. Luke mentions Mary and Martha as friends of Jesus, but deals with Lazarus separately in a parable about death and resurrection. John treats Lazarus as a real person, brother of Mary and Martha, and really has Jesus resurrect him. The author of John seems to have been concerned about the excessive veneration of Peter in the early second-century Church. He went about correcting this by comparing him unfavourably several times with another disciple, the 'disciple whom Jesus loved'. Whereas Luke has Peter run alone to the sepulchre and find it empty, John has the two disciples run to the tomb, with the other disciple outrunning Peter and arriving there first. Luke has the risen Jesus meet all eleven remaining disciples at a meal in the upper room, but John splits this into two separate meetings in order to introduce the episode of 'doubting Thomas'. Luke also has a minor episode before the death of Jesus, in which he tells the fishermen to cast their nets on the other side, and they caught a huge load of fish; John transfers this story to the period after the resurrection and makes it an important final meeting between Jesus and the disciples. In this final scene, Jesus asks Peter what is it to him if Jesus tarry with the disciple whom he loves. (MORE)
A: The Gospel of Thomas, as with the 'Q' document, or Q Gospel, is a purely sayings document, with no narrative content and no reference to the crucifixion or resurrection of Jesus. The Q Gospel is, of course, the hypothetical document from which the authors of Matthew and Luke drew much of th…e material for their gospels. John Dominic Crossan has done a detailed analysis of the parallels between Thomas and the other gospels in his 1998 book, The Birth of Christianity . He provides the following statistics: . 28 per cent (37 out of 132 units) of the Gospel of Thomas have parallels in the Q Gospel. This corresponds to 37 per cent of the units in Q. . 30 per cent (11 out of 37 units) of what is common to Thomas and Q also have parallels in Mark. . 17 per cent (16 of 95 units) of what is in Thomas, but not in Q, have parallels in Mark. Crossan says this can only be explained by there having been an even earlier, Common Sayings Tradition, from which the authors of Thomas, Q and Mark drew some of their material. Thomas redacts the original source towards Gnosticism, while Q redacts it towards apocalypticism, but the original tradition had neither Gnosticism nor apocalypticism. (MORE)
While most Christians will try to debate this: both testaments are the supposed absolute word of God. The reason people tend to discredit the Old testament is because in it there are a lot of nasty and vile things that God carries out. However, most use bits and pieces of it to justify their agendas… as well; such as the anti-gay Christians will quote the only line against gays in the Bible, but it is in the section they claim "does not matter." (MORE)
The inspired scriptures (the Old Testament) were divided into three classifications - the law of Moses, the prophets, other holy writ. e.g. Luke 24:27 "And beginning at Moses and all the prophets , he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself." The same way the …Jewish scriptures are classified unto this day, the TaNaCh is a Hebrew acronym for Torah, Navi'im, Chtuvim or the law, the prophets, the writings. The New Testament was not in the Bible yet as it was not yet written. (MORE)
A: Not all the gospels are in the New Testament. Of the dozens of gospels that were written, the Church Fathers chose the four gospels that most closely represented the form of Christianity that they preached, and which they were willing to assert to have truly been written during apostolic times. …Even the Gospel of Thomas, which may have been the earliest gospel, was omitted. Rather than select just one of the four, Irenaeus insisted there must be four gospels. This could be justified because Matthew places Jesus in an Old Testament context better than the others, Luke seems to place Jesus in a historical context and John is the only gospel that says that Jesus was divine. (MORE)
The New Testament. The New Testament comprises Matthew, Mark, Luke and John - in that order. The Bible is comprised of 1. The Old Testament and 2. The New Testament. The Old Testament relates to God and the Jewish nation and the New Testament relates to Jesus and His Sacrifice on the cross and the s…tart of the Church age. (MORE)
The first four books of the New Testament Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are called the gospels
The four Gospels of the New Testament are entitled, "The Gospel according to Matthew." Mark." Luke." John."
A: John's gospel clearly states Jesus' mission: Jesus came as the lambof God. Joh 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming to him, and said,"There is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! As the lamb of God Jesus was a sacrifice for sin.
A: The four New Testament gospels are Matthew, Mark, Luke and John . Collectively they are important because they tell the story of Jesus, and are the sole source we have for the life and mission of Jesus. Individually: . Mark's Gospel is really the most important gospel, not only because it… was the first New Testament gospel written, but because the other three New Testament gospels were directly ( Matthew and Luke ) or indirectly ( John ) based on Mark - in spite of attributions to disciples of Jesus. Matthew's Gospel is important because, more than any other, it places the story of Jesus in an Old Testament context. Luke's Gospel is important because it places the story of Jesus in a historical context, although Raymond E. Brown ( An Introduction to the New Testament ) says that sometimes it does so inaccurately. John's Gospel is, above all, important because it portrays Jesus as divine and pre-existing, defining the core premise of modern Christianity. (MORE)
Yes there are ones like the Gospel of Thomas and the Gospel ofMary. These are known as Gnostic Gospels. See link provided belowfor more detailed information.
The accomplishment of his ministry in bearing witness to thetruth required more of Jesus than merely talking, preaching, andteaching. . To uphold the truth of his Father's prophetic word and promises,Jesus had to live in such a way as to make that truth becomereality, fulfilling it by what he said …and did, how he lived, andhow he died. Thus, he had to be the truth, in effect, theembodiment of the truth, as he himself said he was.-Joh 14:6. Jesusalso expelled demons, healed the sick and raised the dead. This wasa preview of the powerful works he will accomplish for mankindunder God's Kingdom where we will have the opportunity ofeverlasting life. Death will be no more neither will there be painor crying or suffering, the former things will be brought tonothing. (MORE)
What thirty cities nations and general areas outside of Israel did the Gospel go as mentioned in the New Testament with Bible reference?
Globally speaking, Christianity began in the 'Levant' area which today consist of Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, the island of Cyprus and Southern Turkey. Many people think of the Apostle Paul's three trips as the sole spreading of the Gospel message. Though Paul was designated as the Apostle to th…e Gentiles and the Book of Acts lists his three journeys and cities visited, he was not the only Apostle charged with spreading Christ's message. The reader should note that Jesus, though assigning Paul to the Gentile peoples, also ordered the other Apostles to go to the Lost 'House of Israel' which had been permanently dispersed out of their lands during the 722-718 BC Assyrian captivity. Yet, this vital message was for them specifically as promised to the 'Fathers' of the past and only now were the rest of mankind included in God's Plan of Salvation - the Gentiles: . Matthew 10:1-8 New International Version (NIV). Jesus Sends Out the Twelve 10 Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. 2 These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; 3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4 Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. 5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: "Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. 6 Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. 7 As you go, proclaim this message: 'The kingdom of heaven has come near.' 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, [ a ] drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give. A listing of the cities Paul visited may be found in the New King James Version, Book of Acts 13:8 (p. 1843), Acts 18:24 (p. 1855) and Acts 20:31 (p. 1859).. (MORE)
There are only four gospels in the New Testament. The date of Matthew has been much discussed, the traditional dateis A.D. 37. The date of Mark has been variously placed between A.D. 57 and 63. The date of Luke is thought to be between A.D. 63 and 68. The date of John is thought to be between A.…D.. 85 and 95. (MORE)
There are no "Gospels" in the Old Testament. The Gospel is the Good news that the long awaited Messiah, Jesus Christ, has come into the world to save sinners. And this He did when he died on the cross of Calvary, was buried, and then was resurrected the third day after. This is the Good News or Gosp…el. God has provided a way for you to have eternal life. (MORE)