Dave Black on Why Four and only Four Gospels?

From his blog posted today, Wednesday 11/10/10,

8:22 AM Why four and only four Gospels?

We may thus sum up the relationships between the Gospels as follows:

     

  • Matthew was composed to meet the urgent needs of the primitive church of Jerusalem (the church set up by Peter and the original apostles), which needed a manifesto defending its integrity and its right to exist in the earliest days.

  • Luke was written at the request of Paul to meet the urgent need of his churches to have their own manifesto to prove their full equality with Jewish Christians.

  • Mark was the result of the collaboration of Peter and Paul to make sure that the spiritual and doctrinal unity of the universal church was not impaired as a result of the appearance of Luke beside Matthew in the churches of both.

  • And John made it clear that the primary objective of Jesus throughout his public ministry was the winning over of the spiritual authorities in Jerusalem.
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From Why Four Gospels?

My own review is still forthcoming.

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