Today’s reading started of with a really quick recap of the story most people know about Jesus: Jesus of Nazareth is born, teacher/miracle worker, gains a large following, is believed to be the Jewish messiah, he is an observant Jew, but makes people angry, so they arrest him and crucify him. The haters thought that since Jesus’ followers now had no teacher, that they would disperse and be gone, but instead, they came with news that Jesus came back to life. There was a split between Jews and followers of Christ, or Christians, and thus Christianity was born. Ta-da!
The text then turns to the gospels of the New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. These gospels were not written by one person, but instead passed on and edited by many generations. The editing process, according to the text, is as follows: people that lived in the time of Jesus heard his teachings and passed them on orally, then the early Christians told the stories in their teachings and wrote them down for future generations. Eventually, the gospel writers combined all of the oral stories with the textual stories and arranged them so that it told the life of Jesus and his teachings. Gospel readers understand this and believe that what is written in the gospels is the truth about Jesus, it is just in the words of human authors. (Matt, Mark, and Luke are called the Synoptic Gospels because they tell the story in a similar fashion.)
All 4 gospels portray Jesus a little differently. In Mark’s Christology, Jesus has the Messianic Secret, which means that Jesus tells people not to speak of his miracles, but they do anyway, promoting the message that God’s teachings may not be hidden. Matt’s Christology speaks of the infancy narratives, which is of Jesus’ birth and childhood. It also shows him as a great prophet. Luke’s is more focused on Jesus helping the poor. John’s is Jesus’ divinity.
Then the text goes over some of Jesus’ miracles and how they applied, but I wasn’t particularly interested because the gospels were much more interesting. I think that the gospels shared a common source somewhere along the line, a written source , to be more specific. The fact that the Synoptic gospels are so similar in both style and word choice is what leads me to believe this.