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Structural and Geographical Comparisons of the Four Gospels

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GOSPEL acc. to... Mark Mattew Luke John
Approximate Date very late 60ís late 70ís (or 80ís) (late 70ís) or 80ís late 80ís or 90ís
Number of Chapters 16 28 24 21
Introduction:
     Literary Preface
     Genealogy
     Infancy Narrative
1:1
     1:1 ("good news")
      xxx
      xxx
1:1 - 2:23
      xxx
      1:1-17
      1:18 - 2:23
1:1 - 2:52
     1:1-4 ("orderly account")
      [3:23-38]
      1:5 - 2:52
1:1-18 (prologue)
      1:1-18 ("Word of God")
      xxx
      [1:14]
Preparatory Episodes:
     John Baptist's Preaching
     Baptism of Jesus
     Temptation of Jesus
1:2-13
      1:2-8
      1:9-11
      1:12-13
3:1 - 4:11
      3:1-12
      3:13-17
      4:1-11
3:1 - 4:13
      3:1-20
      3:21-22
      4:1-13
1:1-51
      1:19-36
      [1:31-33]
      xxx
Jesus' Early Ministry, 
mostly to Jews in Galilee:
     Initial Preaching
     Call of First Disciples
     Outside of Galilee
1:14 - 8:21

      1:14-15
      1:16-20
      5:1-20, 7:24 - 8:13

4:12 - 16:12

      4:12-17
      4:18-22
      8:28-34 15:21-28

4:14 - 9:17

      4:14-30
      5:1-11
      8:26-39, xxx

[Ch. 2, 4, 6]

      xxx
      1:35-51
      xxx

On the Way to Jerusalem
    Initial Stages
        1st Passion Prediction
        2nd Passion Prediction
    To Jerusalem Itself
        3rd Passion Prediction
8:22 - 10:52
   8:22 - 9:50
      8:31-33
      9:30-32
   10:1-52
      10:32-34
16:13 - 20:34
   16:13 - 18:35
      16:21-23
      17:22-23
   19:1 - 20:34
      20:17-19
9:18 - 19:27
   9:18-50
      9:22
      9:43-45
   9:51 - 19:27
      18:31-34
[xxx]
      [7:1-9]
      xxx
      xxx
     [2:13, 5:1, 7:10]
      xxx
Ministry in Jerusalem
     Teachings & Disputes
     Eschatological Discourse
11:1 - 13:37
     11:1 - 12:44
     13:1-37
21:1 - 25:46
     21:1 - 23:39
     24:1-36
19:28 - 21:38
     19:1 - 21:4
     21:5-36
[Ch. 3, 5, 7-12]
     most of this
     xxx
Passion Week
     Last Supper
     Crucifixion
14:1 - 15:47
     14:17-31
     15:22-41
26:1 - 27:66
     26:20-35
     27:33-56
22:1 - 23:56
     22:14-38
     23:33-49
13:1 - 19:42
     13:1 - 17:26
     19:17-37
Resurrection Narrative
     Empty Tomb Story
      Appearance Stories
16:1-8
     16:1-8
     xxx [16:9-20 added later]
28:1-20
     28:1-8
     28:9-10,16-20
24:1-53
     24:1-12
     24:13-53
20:1-31 [21:1-25 added later]
     20:1-13
     20:14-31, 21:1-25

This page is also convenient to compare the Synoptic Gospels in the context of the Q Source.


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