the gospel accounts tell an accurate history of events in the life of jesus to what extent, if at all, can this fundamentalist interpretation of the gospels be defended fundamentalists think that the gospel accounts tell an accurate history of events in the life of jesus. The gospel accounts of matthew, mark and luke contradict each other's records of the crucifixion, even on the parts that consider to be the most important jesus died at different times of the day in the gospels, spoke to different people, gave different sets of final words and confusingly different accounts of the circumstances surrounding the death of jesus. But the reality is that eyewitnesses cannot be trusted to give historically accurate accounts they never could be trusted and can't be trusted still if eyewitnesses always gave historically accurate accounts, we would have no need for law courts. Or are there any first hand accounts in the bible at all weren't 4 gospels all written so similarly they were more likely plagiarizing one another (rather than 4 accounts consistent due to historical accuracy.
The four gospels by david padfield christians often wonder why there are four accounts of the life of christ recorded in the new testament the basic answer is that the four gospels (matthew, mark, luke and john) all tell us the same story, but from four different viewpoints and to four different audiences. Any serious discussion of the synoptic gospels must, sooner or later, involve a discussion of the literary interrelationships among matthew, mark, and luke this is essential in order to see how an author used his sources (both for reliability's sake as well as for redactional criticism), as well as when he wrote. Hi, i have always believed that jesus is the son of god and he died on the cross for our sins just recently i have spoken to religious elders of the islam faith and they tell me that the quran bible states that he was a messenger and that jesus was not crucified at all.
The gospel of luke gives an account of the angel gabriel visiting mary to tell her that she was chosen to bear the son of god luke 1:26-28 catholics call this the annunciation jesus' childhood home is represented as nazareth in galilee. The stories within each gospel are all accurate and true, but not necessarily in chronological order jesus ministry was partly in galilee and partly in judea john reported mainly on the former the synoptic gospels on the latter. While the synoptics gospels focus on a one-year ministry of jesus, the gospel of john focuses on a ministry of 3 years who said that if everything jesus did was recorded the world could not contain the volumes of books. Resurrection differences the gospel accounts are similar, but each is different let's look at them carefully first of all, it's pretty clear that mark 16:9-19, the so-called longer ending of mark, wasn't part of the original gospel, that ended -- at least the surviving edition that we have -- with verse 8 perhaps the last page was lost. If the gospels were truly accurate, they would tell the same story instead, there are irreconcilable differences among the gospels at almost every point certainly we could expect of accurate.
Given the accuracy of the gospel accounts, 4 it would seem that josephus was not entirely accurate in what he thought about john's ministry whatever sources he used, they seem to represent a slightly different tradition than the gospel writers. And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing most general bible readers have the mistaken impression that matthew, the opening book of the new testament, must be our first and earliest gospel, with mark, luke and john following. Most historians date matthew's gospel to about 80 ad it is really an enlargement of mark's gospel, a syrian who wrote about 70 ad more of 90% of the material found in matthew's gospel can be found in mark in a more condensed form.
By extension, the other two synoptic gospels of matthew and mark, painting essentially similar portraits of jesus' ministry, are also trustworthy accounts of his life additionally, outside the bible, jesus is also mentioned by his near-contemporaries. That means, simply, that there exist four accounts of key events in jesus' life written within 30 to 60 years after his crucifixion—and this within a culture that placed a strong emphasis on the role and place of an accurate oral tradition. The gospel accounts are full of embarrassing stories painting the disciples in a bad light just the example of the apostle peter, the rock of the church will make this clear.
This leaves us to establish, as far as possible, how accurate the depiction of jesus is in mark's gospel, and there is a surprising range of views as to the sources for this gospel. One thing is clear: all four gospel accounts were sufficiently accurate for the early christians-some of whom were witnesses of the resurrection, also happy easter to monsignor pope and to all readers of this blog-also thanks for helping me, and i am sure mahy others, get through lent. The authority of josephus seems to be at odds with the accuracy of the gospel writers, and like the account related to the execution of john the baptist, we are left to decide which account is accurate (and which is not.