Not one of 12 Apostles, Was a common name, mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles, Companion of Peter, Peter's Jesus
Mark's Portrait of Jesus
Earthy, easy to relate to , comfortable to be around, constantly hemmed in crowds (42 times), strong emotions, human not only divine, a man on the go
Heavy sense of suffering, community undergoing difficulty and persecution, Jesus has much to show us,Nero blamed the Christians for Rome burning, Jewish revolt in Jerusalem, No birth story
Not one of the 12 Apostles, Probably the only Gentile, 1st of 2 parts (Acts is considered to be the companion), thought to be a well educated physician.
Gentiles -- already Christians
Orderly account - "that you may know the truth about the things in which you have been instructed"
Compassionate, Merciful, Friend and Advocate of the outcasts (poor, handicapped, sinners, women, Samaritans), Deeply loves all men and women
Gospel of Women, Gospel of the Holy Spirit, Gospel of the Universal Salvation, Gospel of Mercy and Forgiveness, Includes a birth story
Traditionally considered to be the apostle Matthew, Contains some of Mark and Luke, Therefore doubtful an eyewitness wrote
Primarily Jewish, Many references to Old Testament, Attempts to show Jesus is promised Messiah
New Moses, Rabbi/teacher, Stresses Jesus' connection to Old Testament, Jesus' life fulfilled what God promised
Jesus has much to "tell us", Assembles Jesus' teachings in 5 speeches or discourses, Gospel of the Church (used to teach - first catechism)
Traditionally the apostle John, "the disciple whom Jesus loved" Now believed to be written by members of the "school" of the beloved disciple
one enters a whole, new world, Jesus, divine son - totally in control- even at his death, Most theological/reflective of the four
Opening verse inspires awe, See Jesus as divine, coexistent with the Father, Acknowledges Jesus' humanity but stresses his divinity, No birth story