The New Testament

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This passage, taken from G. K. Chesterton in his book “Orthodoxy,” is as follows:
“Instead of looking at books and pictures about the New Testament, I looked at the New Testament. There I found an account, not in the least of a person with his hair parted in the middle or his hands clasped in appeal, but of an extraordinary being with lips of thunder and acts of lurid decision, flinging down tables, casting out devils, passing with the wild secrecy of the wind from mountain isolation to a sort of dreadful demagogy; a being who often acted like an angry god — and always like a god.” (271)
Chesterton’s depiction of the New Testament Gospels works as an outstanding introduction for the following dissertation. Of the four Gospels present in the official New Testament, no depiction of Jesus is exactly the same. However, these four different views still seem to blend together, creating one remarkable main character named Jesus Christ. In short, though each Gospel is clearly different from the others, all four can be used in the process of studying and interpreting the New Testament. To begin, Mark is presumably the oldest of the Gospels, theorized as dating back to 65 AD. Not only the first of the Gospels, Mark was the first to introduce the term “gospel” to the Christian vocabulary. Due to the use of the term “gospel” (when referring to the book of Mark itself) being present in ways that set the book aside from all other previously written books of the Bible, Mark coined the…

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