Matthew Mark


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Overview of the Four Gospels







Predominantly Jewish

Probably persecuted Christians in Rome

“Most excellent Theophilus” (1:3) – a Gentile.

First of two volumes (Luke - Acts)



To prove that Jesus is the Messiah, the eternal King.

To portray Jesus as a servant and redeemer. “’For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and give his life as a ransom for many.

So that Theophilus might know the truth about Jesus and the early church (1:1-4)

That readers may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing they may have life in His name. (20:31)


Jesus is the fulfillment of the law and the prophets.
Jesus has authority.

Miracles demonstrate the power and compassion of Jesus.
Glory comes only through suffering and service.

Jesus came to seek and to save the lost (19:10)

God’s special concern for outcasts: gentiles, Samaritans, tax collectors and sinners, and women.

Jesus is a source of life
Importance of belief


Narrative mixed with 5 main sections of teaching (ch. 5-7, 10, 13, 18, 23-25) that close with variations on: “when Jesus had finished these words.”

Ch 1-8: Works of power
Ch 9-16: Rejection & suffering

Loosely organized around geography:
Ch 1-2: Infancy
Ch 3-9:50: In Galilee
Ch 9:51-18:34: Journey to Jerusalem
Ch 18:35-24: Death and resurrection

Ch 1: Jesus is God among us
Ch 2 – 12:50: Jesus reveals himself in signs and teachings
Ch 13-20:31 The final Passover – Jesus dies for the sins of the world
Ch 21: Epilogue

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