The synoptics

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The synoptics

  1. 1. Understanding theContext of theGospels
  2. 2. Origins• Each gospel was written for a specific purpose and directed to a specific audience.
  3. 3. • During the early times of the Church there were many gospels that told the story of Jesus’ life and it was relevant to the community that it was written for.
  4. 4. Synoptic Gospels • The three ‘synoptic’ Gospels were selected as they gave the clearest representation of what the early church believed was Jesus’ message to his followers.
  5. 5. Audience and Purpose• Each Gospel was written at a different time.• This means that some of them have used parts of other Gospels to tell a fuller story (refer to the intro to Luke and the image from the previous slide).
  6. 6. • Each Gospel was written for different audiences (check your notes) • So the story is different in some ways to support the audience. Matthew’s community is primarily Luke is writing to a group of Jewish, his Gospel focuses on established Christians who building on Jewish know the tradition but traditions, fulfilling the law need some clarification.John is writing to promote Mark’s community is beingbelievers. He uses metaphor persecuted, so the gospel storyand imagery to inspire belief talks about the Struggles thatin God. Jesus must face just like the struggles that they are facing.
  7. 7. Your job• You need to prove that you understand the features of the Gospels that show how each Gospel has unique features.• You need to provide examples from the Gospels that prove the points you are trying to make.• The remainder of the lesson, you are to search for passages that prove the statements that you will make. You already know the answer, now you have to prove it.
  8. 8. Remember• Focus• Audience• Date Written• Image of Jesus

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