The Gospels

The first four books of the New Testament, which narrate the story of Jesus.

The four gospels are Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The word “gospel” (euangelion in Greek) means “good news.”  The New Testament gospels tell the story of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection and proclaim the good news of God's victory over the powers of sin and death. Although the four gospels all tell the story of Jesus, each does so in a distinctive way, emphasizing particular aspects of Jesus’ identity and mission. Matthew, Mark, and Luke are often called the “synoptic” gospels. The term “synoptic” is based on a Greek word meaning “common view.” These three gospels recount many of the same miracles and similar sayings and parables. The gospel of John relates many miracles and encounters that are not found in the other gospels, and instead of parables it contains long discourses about Jesus’ identity.


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