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1 The Four Evangelists Matthew Mark Luke John

2 Note on Notes: Look for keywords in each bullet
Write keywords, but make sure your notes make sense Don’t leave out any important info. Write quickly, but legibly

3 What are the Gospels? The first four books of the New Testament are known as the Gospels. Gospel means “good news”--evangelium The Gospels tell the story of Jesus, the Savior of the World. Gospels tell about Jesus and the disciples (all his followers) and the Apostles (the chosen 12 Jesus asked to follow Him closely).

4 What is in the Gospels? The Gospels contain:
Parables (stories that teach a lesson) Miracles: (wonders Christ worked for the people to have greater faith) History of Christ’s life

5 What is in the Gospels? The Gospels contain:
Parables (stories that teach a lesson) Examples: The Parable of the Lost Sheep, The Parable of the Mustard Seed. Miracles: (wonders Christ worked for the people to have greater faith) Examples: The healing of the paralytic, the multiplication of the loaves and fishes.

6 What is in the Gospels? The Gospels contain: Paschal Mystery
History of Christ’s life How He became Man (Luke) His birth His life His Death His Resurrection Paschal Mystery

7 Who Wrote the Gospels? The Four Evangelists:
Matthew the Apostle Mark Luke John the Apostle Evangelist means “sharer of the Good News.”

8 What are their symbols? Matthew-A winged man/angel Mark- a winged lion
John-a winged eagle Luke-A winged ox

9 Where do these symbols come from?
Revelation 4:6-8 Around the throne, and on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: the first living creature like a LION, the second living creature like an OX, the third living creature with a face like a HUMAN face, and the fourth living creature like a flying EAGLE. And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and inside.

10 Who is Matthew? Job: Matthew was a tax collector. This means he was not well liked by the people. Death: Matthew was most likely martyred. Literary Purpose: Matthew wrote his Gospel so the Jewish people would know that Jesus was the fulfillment of the Old Testament-the Messiah they had been waiting for!

11 Why is Matthew represented by a man?
Matthew focuses on the humanity of Christ showing how humble He is to come as a man at the Incarnation.

12 Matthew was sitting in the tax collecting booth when Jesus said, “Follow me!” and he left and followed Christ.


14 Who is St. Mark? Job: Mark traveled with St. Paul and helped to spread the Gospel. Death: Mark was martyred while being dragged through the streets for preaching the Gospel. Literary Purpose: Mark wanted to convert the Greeks (who were pagans-people who didn’t believe in the one God) to Christianity. First Gospel to be written.

15 Why is Mark represented by a lion?
Mark focuses on Christ as the Son of God and the lion stands for leadership and royalty which Christ was.


17 Who is St. Luke? Job: Luke was a doctor but traveled around with Paul to spread the Gospel and he also wrote Acts of the Apostles. Death: We don’t know how Luke died. Literary Purpose: Luke wanted to show Christ’s humility through his love of the poor and women-those in society no one cared about. Also, we believe Luke knew Mary well which is why we have so much about her in his Gospel.

18 Why is Luke represented by an ox?
An ox (or a calf) is a symbol that represents sacrifice and Luke emphasized Christ’s sacrifice throughout his Gospel.

19 St. Luke

20 Who is St. John? Job: John was a fisherman who left everything to follow Christ. He was the youngest Apostle and the brother of James. Death: He died in exile on the island of Patmos in Greece. Literary Purpose: John is known as “the beloved disciple” and His purpose in writing was to show the deep love God has for man and that Jesus was really God.

21 Why is John represented by an eagle?
St. John’s Gospel takes us to the heights of greatness-it is the deepest and most symbolic of all the Gospels.

22 St. John the Apostle

23 One of these things is not like the others…
The Synoptic Gospels

24 What are the Synoptic Gospels?
The Synoptic Gospels are the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Their Gospels are very similar and have many of the same stories. The word Synoptic means “seeing with the same eye.”

25 What about John? John’s Gospel is known as the “Fourth Gospel.”
John knew that we would get the basic stories about Jesus in the synoptic Gospels so he wrote in a way where we would get an even deeper understanding of Christ.

26 Review Vocabulary: Evangelist, disciple, Apostle, Gospel, miracle, parable, synoptic, Fourth Gospel What do the Gospels contain? Who are the four Gospel writers? What are their symbols and why? What was their purpose in writing their Gospel? What was their job? Death?

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