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The Harmony Of The Gospels Essay

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Harmony of the Gospels The first four books of the New Testament, collectively referred to as “The Gospels,” are Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Defined, gospel means “good news” (BD, 682). Together, these gospels written by distinctly different authors, each with a different perspective, offer marvelous insight into the life and ministry of the Savior and Redeemer, Jesus the Christ. Through their similarities and differences, they provide a beautiful testimony of his teachings and works to provide a dynamic and living picture of who Jesus is: a King, Christ in action, a human, and as the light and life of the world. Each author is striving to bring the good news of who the Son of God is and his amazing and infinite Atonement, to all mankind.
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The first book of the New Testament is Matthew. Matthew was known before his conversion as Levi (BD, 729), and lived in Capernaum which is located on the Northern Shore of the Sea of Galilee (The Holy Land in New Testament Times, Map 11). He was Jewish publican, or tax gatherer, which was possibly one of the most hated positions of that time. During Christ’s ministry, Matthew was called to be one of the Twelve Apostles, named in Matthew 10:3. In his writings, Matthew emphasizes that Jesus is in fact that very Messiah that had been prophesied in the Old Testament, by citing the words of Isaiah, Micah, and Jeremiah (Class Lecture, September 19). He sought to show the Jews that Jesus is the King of kings, the promised Messiah (BD,
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