seeks to show how Jesus fulfills the Old Testament
was a Jewish tax collector that became an apostle
was traditionally held as the earliest Gospel written
is the shortest Gospel
is the only self-ascribed "Gospel" (only to call itself a Gospel)
was the disciple of Peter
is the only Gentile author of a NT book
is the only author to try to give an "orderly account"
is the only author with a sequel (Acts)
wrote to "Theophilus", possibly a Roman official who agreed to finance the publication
main audience is Gentile Christians
was the "beloved disciple" and one of the three in Jesus' inner circle (Peter, James, and John)
Only Gospel to trace a three year ministry
Gospel is focused on sacramental images (water, bread, wine, etc)
focuses on Jesus' identity and relationship with the Father
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