Matthew: was probably writing for fellow Jews.
Looks at the relationship of Jesus to the Jewish faith, against the background of the Old Testament
Date is probably AD 65 -85. The author is not named, but it is attributed to Matthew the apostle and tax-collector
The author drew on Mark’s gospel as a source, with input from others ‘gospels’.
Jesus portrayed very much as a teacher.
Collects sayings of Jesus
Teaching for inner life of church and Jesus’ evangelistic mission
Mark: emphasizes action rather than teaching. Things Jesus did and where he went
Jesus as crucified Saviour
rather than military messiah
Shortest of Gospels
AD 50-65. Attributed to ‘John Mark’, who we hear about in Acts 12:12, Colossians 4, 1 Peter 5:13
Aimed at Gentiles
Roughly in order it happened
Luke: fullest life-story of Jesus
First of two parts (2nd is Acts)
Jesus as Saviour of all men
Jesus as healer, witness to poor and needy
Carefully researched. Uses Mark. AD60 -80
Author is probably not Jewish, is probably a doctor. Possibly Luke, travelling companion of Paul (Acts 16:10, 20:5, 27:1) and knew Mark (Colossians 4:10, 14, Philemon 24)
John: theological gospel
Jesus as one sent by God the father into world to be it’s saviour. Aim is to bring reader to faith. Seems to assume readers already know facts of Jesus’ life.
About AD 90. Possibly John, son of Zebedee, brother of James.
Events in the life of Jesus as recorded in the Gospels