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Comprising the biblical books Matthew, Mark, and Luke. They distinguish themselves from the book of John in content, order and wording. Study of their literary interrelationship—the Synoptic Problem—plays a key role in New Testament scholarship.
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Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Synoptic Gospels. Term applied to Matthew, Mark, and Luke because they see the ministry of Jesus from generally the same point of view, which is quite different from that of the Gospel of John.The similarities among these three Gospels include their use of a common outline: introduction; ministry of
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
SYNOPTIC GOSPELS* Term (literally meaning “same view”) applied to Matthew, Mark, and Luke because they see the ministry of Jesus from generally the same point of view, which is quite different from John’s Gospel.The similarities among these three Gospels include their use of a common outline: introduction;
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
GOSPELS, SYNOPTICAs the term synoptic suggests (from syn, “together with.” and opsis, “a sight, a view,” thus “a seeing together”), Matthew, Mark, and Luke provide a presentation of Jesus and His ministry that has much in common. These features set them apart from the Gospel according to John, in which
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Synoptic GospelsThree Gospels—Matthew, Mark, and Luke—so called because of the very close relationship they bear to each other, so close that one can usefully place them alongside each other and compare them (Gk. syn, “with” + optikóss, which refers to “looking”). All three agree extensively in the
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
SYNOPTIC [sĭn ŏpˊtĭk] GOSPELS. † A term (from Gk. synoptikós “seeing together”) referring to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, employed because of their common structure, perspective, and contents as distinguished from the gospel of John.The similarity of these three Gospels may be seen
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels
Synoptics and John
Synoptics and johnThe differences between the Gospel of John and the Synoptic Gospels have been remarked on through the centuries, certainly since the second century of our era. One solution to account for the differences was to assume that (1) John was the last Gospel (see Gospel [Genre]) to be written
Catholic Bible Dictionary
SYNOPTIC GOSPELS The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. They are so called because they tell the story of Jesus’s life from a similar point of view. The three Gospels have a great deal of material in common, the incidents are often in the same order, and sometimes the same words are use to describe
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
SYNOPTICS, SYNOPTISTS.—The term ‘Synoptics’ is, according to the universal practice of modern NT scholars, applied to the Gospels of St. Matthew, St. Mark, and St. Luke, as distinguished from the Gospel of St. John; and these three Evangelists are known as the ‘Synoptists.’ It is so used because these
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
GOSPELS, SYNOPTIC The collective name for the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. The term “synoptic” means “with the same eye,” thus “with the same viewpoint.”In telling the gospel story, Matthew, Mark, and Luke share a common organization of their materials, with Jesus’ ministry being oriented geographically,