Essay on The Healing Of The Man With A Withered Hand
DB Forum #2
Word Count 796
In the Synoptic Gospels there are astounding similarities in both framework and wording. Likewise, there are variations in the detailing, structure, and syntactical shifts. It is without question that the Synoptic Gospels embrace an interdependency both orally and written. In Synoptic Exercise 1, “the healing of the man with a withered hand”, the synoptic narratives’ outline and overall message deduce an identical outcome with a noticeable pattern which shows similarities in wording as it relates to location (synagogue), and day (Sabbath). Thomas Lea and David Black shares “Matthew placed the incident in a different order than Mark and Luke;” however, this did not change the general message. Further, it should be noted that all three writers inserted a command, action, and finale approach. Jesus commands the man to stretch forth his hand; the man acknowledged by taking action, and subsequently the man’s hand was restored (Matt 19:13, Mk 3:5; and Lk 6:10) .Another observable difference was Matthew’s inclusion of a short narrative of a man and his sheep (Matt 12:11). This particular statement was not found in Mark, but Luke makes a similar reference to the lost sheep parable later in his narrative (Lk 15:4). Although there are syntactical changes and grammatical differences throughout these narratives, the generalized summary, message and outcome are the same.
In Synoptic Exercise 2, the Synoptic Gospels abandon their inseparableness in…