Comparing Matthew And John 's Gospel Essay

833 Words Dec 12th, 2014 4 Pages
The four Gospels in the bible are accredited to four writers: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The gospels were split into two groups, which consisted of the synoptic Gospels and John’s gospel. The synoptic gospels consisted of Matthew, Mark and Luke’s gospels. The reason for this was because of the difference between the writings. The synoptic gospels were considered similar, but John did not really contain the same similarities that the other three writings had in common. The two works that I am going to compare are Mark’s gospel and John’s Gospel. First off, the gospels all sought to do the same thing, which was to detail and explain the life and death of Christ. The reason for writing four of them is simple. Each writer had his own distinct theology and audience. Now, comparing Matthew and John, Matthew wrote his gospel to Jews (Palmer, Ken). Specifically he wrote to Jews who did not know the prophecy that was told in the Old Testament (Palmer, Ken). John’s audience, on the other hand, was mainly gentile and Christian audience (Palmer, Ken). On top of the different audiences the gospel writers also had a different vision of Christ. In Matthew, he depicts Jesus as a Messiah and explains the teachings of Jesus in his collections (Palmer, Ken). Matthew contains five separate collections, in which he details these teachings. The comprised collection is as follows: The Sermon on the Mount, missionary directions on duties of leaders, Parables of the Kingdom,…

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