A Commentary on A Synopsis of the Synoptic Gospels
Richard K. Moore
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The Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) bear a much closer relationship to one another than any one of them does to the Gospel of John. While some of the material in each of these Gospels is unique, in some cases two Gospels share events and teaching in the life of Jesus (the double tradition), while in other cases three Gospels share events and teaching in Jesus’ life (the triple tradition).
The author of each Gospel penned what he understood about the life, teaching, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and their significance. The four canonical Gospels are our most authoritative sources for the earthly life of Jesus Christ.
In 2023 I published A Synopsis of the Synoptic Gospels (English version), a device which facilitates comparison of the Synoptic Gospels, enabling the reader to see immediately which passages, or sections, in each Gospel are unique to that Gospel, which sections are shared between two Gospels, and which sections are common to three Gospels.
The present work is a commentary on my Synopsis, discussing the passages unique to one Gospel and drawing attention to both the shared and differing perspectives of the author of each Gospel in the double and triple traditions.
A Gospel synopsis is an invaluable tool not only for scholars and preachers, but for anyone who wants to increase their understanding of the Synoptic Gospels and the life of Jesus.
About the author
Richard K. Moore (BA, MA, DipEd, BD, PhD) lectured in Biblical Studies in Queensland (1974–1978) before returning to his home State to become Head of the New Testament Department at the Baptist Theological College of Western Australia (1979–2002), now the Vose Campus of Morling College in New South Wales. He was also a Lecturer in New Testament at Murdoch University (1986–2002).
Richard and Katheen Mack married in 1965. They have two sons and a daughter, five grandsons and one granddaughter. In retirement Richard is a Research Associate of Vose Campus of Morling College, publishing in the field of New Testament.