Portraits of Jesus According to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Give three elements for each evangelist. Briefly explain why each element fits each gospel.

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This is a huge question that cannot be addressed adequately in a few hundred words, but some general points can be made. A caveat if you look at websites is to try to determine the source of the website so as to be able to gain some understanding of the agenda of the writer. We actually know very little about the writing of these texts, so what websites say authoritatively, especially on dating, is very probably conjectural. Why the gospel writers emphasize what they do is also open to debate; they didn't leave us outside explanations. Be leery of those websites that assert too much assurance about what and why—we are guessing about so much!

With that in mind, most scholars agree Mark's is the earliest and shortest gospel and focuses on Jesus as prophet, miracle worker, and suffering servant. It is generally understood to have been written in Greek to explain Jesus to a Gentile audience unfamiliar with Jewish tradition. It focuses more on Jesus as human rather than divine.

Matthew, which derives...

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