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Should one fully read the opening four Gospels of the New Testament he or she can find many similar patterns of literature and themes affording much attention to detail and study This is what someone such as Merriam Webster would define as the Synoptic Gospels So what are and how can we explain the differences and similarities among synoptic authors Matthew Mark Luke and the gospel John Which Book was written first To what extent did the Evangelists depend on oral tradition written sources or each other The phenomenon and mystery of these similar but unique Synoptic Gospels has for centuries challenged some of the best minds of academia and the church stirring up much scholarly controversy baffling many New Testament Survey students To completely understand the similarities and differences between these Synoptic Gospels we must first be acquainted with the authors of them we ought to discern the background of their life academic qualifications experiences literature styles and occupations We must also ask the questions Who What When Where Why How The first very important question Id like to pose is Who Who were these authors that challenged our hearts and minds and taught us Jesus life ministries and importance The foremost book of the New Testament is Matthew It was written by the author Matthew to illustrate clearly that the King has arrived Matthew a Jew was very literate He was a despised tax collector who later changed his life and lived completely for Jesus and became one of His twelve disciples Matthew directed this Gospel to his fellow Jews c60-65 AD to prove that Jesus is the Messiah and to explain Gods kingdom that He holds in store for all of man The Jews waited for a leader who had been promised centuries before by prophets They believed that this leader-the Messiah anointed one-would rescue them from their Roman oppressors and establish a new kingdom As their king he would rule the
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