The Gospels

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Definition

The New Testament contains four gospels attributed to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The four gospels are not biographies of Jesus, nor are they history as we define it. What each gospel attempted to do was write a theological explanation for the events in the life of Jesus of Nazareth. By narrating his life, his ministry, and his death, the gospels argued that these events should be interpreted in relation to the history of Israel.

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  • c. 65 CE - c. 100 CE
    The tales of the life and work of Jesus (gospels) composed.
  • c. 69 CE - c. 70 CE
    The Gospel of Mark.
  • c. 85 CE
    The Gospel of Matthew.
  • c. 95 CE
    The Gospel of Luke and Acts of the Apostles.
  • c. 100 CE
    The Gospel of John.
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