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Gospel Characteristics

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Mark
shortest Gospel; First written Gospel
Mark
Constructed a narrative of Jesus' life that helps his community to make sense of their suffering and persecution
Mark
This Gospel carries an aura of secrecy around the identity of Jesus
Mark
Never portrays Jesus as the Messiah; portrays Jesus as the Suffering Human
Mark
Stresses human suffering of Jesus
Mark
Emphasis on humanity of Jesus
Mark
"Messianic Secret"
Luke
"the Beloved Physician"; companion of Saint Paul
Luke
makes it clear that God is the compassionate savior who welcomes all
Luke
demonstrates that both the Gentiles and Jews are part of God's saving plan
Luke
Longest Gospel; first part of a two volume history of Christianity (second part- Acts of the Apostles-also written by Luke)
Luke
only non-Jewish writer of the New Testament
Matthew
first Gospel in the New Testament
Matthew
organization pattern follows the Torah (5 great teachings of Jesus)
Matthew
Organization of gospel made it the most popular
Matthew
Used to educate new Christians
Matthew
Continuity between Judaism and Christianity
John
More deeply theological
John
Focuses on the divinity of Jesus
John
Used in prayer and meditation
John
Use of imagery in writing
Mark
Written by John Mark
Luke
Written by Luke a Gentile physician
John
Written by "students of the beloved disciple" (john?)
Mark
The audience was a community of non-Jewish Christians experiencing persecution; gentile readers
Luke
The audience was gentiles "well-to-do Christians"
Matthew
The audience was a mixed community of Jewish Christians and Gentiles
John
The audience was a community founded by the "beloved disciple"
Mark
Portrays Jesus as the human Jesus
Luke
Portrays Jesus as the compassionate Savior
Matthew
Portrays Jesus as the Messiah of the jews
John
Portrays Jesus as the divine son of God
Mark
Sources used : apostle Peter ?apostle Paul ? and oral tradition
Luke
Sources used : 65% of Marks Gospel , "Q" source and original material
Matthew
Sources used : Marks Gospel, Quelle, and original material
John
Sources used : apostle John
Mark
Begins with preaching of John the Baptist
Luke
begins with prologue infancy narratives
Matthew
Begins with genealogy of Jesus and infancy narrative
John
Begins with prologue