The Four Gospels

From the Life Application Bible, new international version
author: Matthew (Levi)
purpose: to prove that Jesus is the Messiah, the eternal King
to whom was it written: especially for the Jews
date written: A.D. 60 – 65
special features: Matthew is filled with messianic language (“son of David” is used throughout), there are 53 quotes from the Old Testament, and 76 references to the old testament
author: John Mark. He was not one of the 12 disciples but he accompanied Paul on his first missionary journey (acts 13:13)
purpose: to present the person, work, and teachings of Jesus
to whom it was written: the Christians in Rome where he wrote the gospel
date written: between A.D. 55 and 65
author: Luke, a doctor (Colossians 4:14) he is the only known Gentile writer in the New Testament. Luke was a close friend and companion of Paul. He also wrote Acts, and the two books go together
purpose: to present an accurate account of the life of Jesus and to present Christ as the perfect human and Savior
to whom it was written: Theophilus (“one who loves God”), Gentiles, and people everywhere
date written: about A.D. 60
author: John the apostle, son of Zebedee, brother of James, called “son of thunder”
purpose: to prove conclusively that Jesus is the son of God and that all who believe in him will have eternal life
date written: probably A.D. 85 – 19 written after the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 and before John’s exiled to the island of Patmos.


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