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The Four Gospel Writers
Transcript of The Four Gospel Writers
The Four Gospel
1. Who Are The Four
2. Facts About The Gospel Writers
3. The Symbols For Each Of
The Gospel Writers
4. How Each Writer Has
Expressed Their Message
5. Similarities And Differences
Between The Four Writers
∣｜ Who Were The Four Gospel Writers?
Even though many of the same
events are recorded in each
Gospel, each author wrote to a
different audience and emphasised different aspects of Jesus' life.
6. Which Writer Was The Most
Effective In Their Writing
The four writers of the Gospel are Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The gospels of Matthew, Mark
and Luke are known as the Synoptic Gospels because they include many of the same stories, often in the same sequence.
∣｜ Why Are There Four Gospel
∣｜ The Four Evangelits
∣｜ Facts About The Gospel Writers
∣｜ Symbols For Each Of The Writers
∣｜ The Symbol For Matthew
The symbol for St. Matthew is a human/angel because the first story he tells in his gospel is about how an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream.
The Symbol For Luke
The symbol for Luke is an ox because his gospel begins with Zechariah (father of John the Baptist) offering sacrafice in the temple of Jerusalem.
The Symbol For John
The symbol for John is an eagle because his writing soars to the mystical heights of heavenly things!
∣｜ How Each Gospel Writer Has Expressed Their Message
Mark was one of the four evangelists and was one of Christ's 70 disciples. Saint Mark was born in Cyrene in Libya. He went on many religious missions and travelled with
Saint Barnabas and Saint Paul during which he founded the Church of Alexandria. He died April 25 1968
in Alexandria, Egypt.
Mark the evangelist is often depicted writing or holding his gospel.
Luke was a writer of the gospel and the Acts of the Apostles.
He is believed to have been born a Greek and a Gentile.
Luke's gospel shows special sensitivity to evangelizing
Gentiles. His feast day is
October 18 and he is the patron saint of physicians and surgeons.
Luke's gospel focuses on the
poor and of social justice.
St. Matthew was born in Palestine and was one of the12 apostles and one of the 4 Evangelists. Prior to preaching the Word Of God, he worked as a tax collector in Capernaum. Matthew is the
patron saint of tax collectors and accountants. He is anually celebrated on September 21.
The Gospel of Matthew is
the first book in the
New Testament. Some say
that it was written for a
Jewish audience and its
primary purpose was to
convince Jews that Jesus
was the promised Messiah.
John was the author of the Gospel of John. John the evangelist is usually depicted as a young man. His feastday is
December 27 and he is the patron saint of love, loyalty, friendships and authors.
He was also one of the twelve apostles. He was the son of Zebedee and Salome.
John used the phrase,
'the beloved disciple' five times
The first two chapters of Luke are known as his Infancy Narrative because it describes in great detail the conception and childhood of Jesus, often through the eyes of his mother, Mary. Luke sees the life and mission of Jesus Christ as a visitation from God. Several parables are unique to Luke such as the parables of the Good Samaritan and The Rich Fool. Also, some of the miracles are unique to Luke as well. Luke places great emphasis on prayer and he portrays Jesus as one who prays.
St John's Gospel is a mystical reflection on the word made flesh of Jesus Christ. John's Gospel gives a fresh depiction of the life, passion death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.
John was the only Apostle at the foot of the cross with Mary when Jesus was dying.
The Gospel of John emphasises the Incarnation and Divinity of Jesus Christ. The Gospel of John calls Jesus the Messiah. John, in his writings, particularly expresses the love God and his son, Jesus have for mankind. Jesus in the Gospel reveals the mystery and relationships of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit called the Holy Trinity.
∣｜ The Similarities And Differences Between
The Four Writers
∣｜ Which Writer Was The
Most Effective In Their Writing
∣Thank You For
Almost everything we know
about the life and ministry of Jesus comes from the Bible's four Gospel writers, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. However, what do we know about the people who told us about the life of Jesus. In this presentation, you will learn about the four Gospel writers and have an insight into their lives.
By Luisa Bresciani Panayi
The second gospel was written by St. Mark who wrote it in Rome sometime before the year 60 A.D.
The second gospel is a record of the life of Jesus as seen through the eyes of the Prince of the Apostles.
His feast day is April 25 and he is the patron saint of notaries.
Luke says 'Blessed are the poor' instead of 'Blessed are the poor in spirit' and also forgiveness and God's mercy to sinners is also important to Luke. I think Luke loved the poor and wanted the door to God's kingdom to be open to all.
in the Gospel of John. It is traditionally believed that John was the youngest of the apostles and is said to have lived to an old age. John was the only one of the twelve apostles who did not forsake Jesus in his hour of need. He stood faithfully at the cross and was very loyal.
The Symbol For Mark
The symbol for St. Mark is a lion because his gospel begins with John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness.
The Gospel of Matthew is one of the most quoted books of the Bible. It is especially important for it is one of the two gospels originally written by an Apostle. Matthew's gospel is directed to an audience steeped in Hebrew tradition. In Matthew's gospel, it portrays the unity of Jesus' whole life. I think in Matthew's gospel, we see how, against all obstacles and opposition, Jesus moves with a sovereign sweep from the promises of God in the Old Testament. The main message of Matthew's Gospel is that we are not saved by detatched doctrines or truths but by the whole life of this man, Jesus of Nazareth.
In this Gospel, Jesus Christ the person and his action in our lives have absolute primacy over anyone's teaching about Jesus Christ.
The concise, narrative Gospel of St. Mark is primarily directed to the Gentiles. The Gospel of Mark is straightforward but dramatic in my opinion. The opening sentence declares Jesus the Son of God. Mark presents the Gospel of Jesus Christ as a mystery as he relates in Mark 4:11,"To you has been given the mystery of the Kingdom of God' . Nearly half of Mark's account of the ministry of Jesus describes miracles. Jesus performs miracles by driving out demons, healing the sick and calming storms.
The 'Good News' Of Jesus
John often focuses on Jesus as God. Much of the content found in this Gospel is unique and focuses on specific events or details not mentioned in the other three accounts. Luke has a greater focus on the human side of Jesus. He says that Jesus was a real person with a genuine interest in people. Mark has an action packed account of Jesus as a servant, one who was even willing to suffer and die for the good of others.
Meanwhile Matthew focuses on Jesus as the King, the one who fulfils all the promises given by the Old Testament prophets, regarding a coming deliverer for the Jews.
All of the Gospels are similar in a way because they all talk about Jesus. They focus on different aspects of his life. Jesus is what connects all the four Gospel writers together.
Each of the four Gospels offers a unique view of Jesus drawn from different eyewitnesses and different traditions and we are very fortunate to have these four windows to see four different views of these central events of Christianity.
However, if I had to choose the most effective in my opinion, it would probably be St. Mark. The Gospel of Mark made things simple yet it was quite dramatic. The human, emotional side of Jesus is probably best portrayed in the Gospel of Mark. Mark presents the Gospel of
Jesus as a mystery, as he relates in Mark 4:11, "To you has
been given the mystery of the Kingdom of God' .
The Kingdom of God is beginning to convert
humanity to improve human values.
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Also, Mark's Gospel is concise and narrative.
The gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke are called the Synoptic Gospels as they follow a similar pattern in describing the Life of Jesus and his teachings. While each of the three gospels are unique in different ways, both Matthew and Luke appear to follow the general outline of Mark. That is also why I think Mark was the most effective writer.
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