Synoptic Gospels

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The Synoptic Gospels

The Synoptic Gospels is a term used by modern New Testament scholars for the Gospels according to Matthew, Mark, and Luke]. They are three of the four gospels, of which the Gospel of John is not included due to his different style and approach to the subject matter. The synoptic gospels often recount the same stories about Jesus, though sometimes with different details and lengths, but mostly following the same sequence and to a large extent using the same words.

The term synoptic is derived from a combination of the Greek words συν (syn = together) and οψις (opsis = seeing) to indicate that the contents of these three Gospels can be viewed side-by-side, whether in a vertical parallel column synopsis, or a horizontal synoptic alignment.

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