Essay on The Three Synoptic Gospels

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The word "gospel" is a translation of the Greek word "euangelion" which means "good news. The first three books in the New Testament (Mark, Matthew, and Luke) are often referred to as the Synoptic Gospels (from Greek synoptikos, "seen together") They bear greater similarity to each other than any of the other gospels in the New Testament. Along with these similarities come some differences among the gospels, suggesting that each gospel was written for a specific audience and for a specific purpose. This paper will examine the resurrection of Jesus, while identifying the significant differences between Mark, Matthew and Luke. This paper will also analyze the differences to suggest the prominent theological perspective each gospel author…show more content…
Matthew 28.1 says that only Mary Magdalene and the "other" Mary approached the tomb, however it does not mention the purpose of the visit. In Luke 24.1, we find out that "they" are taking spices to the tomb. We do not find out the identities of "they" in Luke 24 until verse 10. This suggests that Mark and Matthew want the visitors to the tomb to be known immediately, while Luke chooses to emphasize the purpose of the visit. Mark and Luke reveal the purpose of the visit, although slightly different, Matthew does not discuss the reason for the outing. The discussion of the stone's removal is also a point of much variance. Upon arriving at the tomb, the stone placed in front of the tomb becomes an issue. In Mark 16.3-4, there is some discussion about who is going to move the stone, and then they realize that the stone has already been moved. Luke also finds the stone rolled back once they approach. Matthew has a completely different version of the removal of the stone. In Matthew 28.2, there was a great earthquake and an angel came down from heaven, rolled back the stone and sat down on the stone. Mark and Luke leave some mystery in the removal of the stone, while Matthew describes an act of divine intervention which removes the stone. The accounts of what was in the tomb are varying extremely from gospel to gospel. Matthew provides a description of the angel who sits up the
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