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Gospels

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author of Mark
John Mark of Jerusalem
author of Matthew
apostle
author of Luke
doctor, well-educated, Gentile Christian, wealthy
author of John
followes of the Beloved Apostle
audience of Mark
Gentile Christians, Church in Rome
audience of Matthew
Jewish Christians
audience of Luke
Gentile Christians, well-to-do Christians
audience of John
all Christians for all time
date written of Mark
65-70
date written of Matthew
90
date written of Luke
85
date written of John
95-100
purpose of Mark
encourage persecuted Church of Rome; suffering is a part of being Christian
purpose of Matthew
Jesus was a good Jew; Jesus is the Messiah
purpose of Luke
can be good Christians and good citizens; better understanding of faith and its roots
purpose of John
presents Jesus as Divine Son of God
themes of Mark
humanity of Jesus; Hidden Messiah
themes of Matthew
Jesus is fulfillment of God's promises; compares Jesus to Moses
themes of Luke
Christian message is for everyone; Jesus' mercy and compassion
themes of John
divinity of Jesus; ascending and descending; light and dark
main idea of Mark
human Jesus
main idea of Luke
Jesus as compassionate Savior
main idea of Matthew
Jesus as Messiah of Jews
main idea of John
Jesus as the Divine Son of God