An Overview of the Four Gospels of the New TestamentAn introduction and individual synopses written by Marilyn Mellowes, producer of "From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians".
Written over the course of almost a century after Jesus' death, the four gospels of the New Testament, though they tell the same story, reflect very different ideas and concerns.
The first attempt to tell the story of the life and the death of Jesus, this narrative began the gospel tradition.
Writing for a Jewish Christian audience, Matthew's main concern is to present Jesus as a teacher even greater than Moses.
This gospel tries to answer the question,"Can Christians who believe in the Kingdom of God also be loyal subjects of the Roman Empire?"
The so-called "spiritual gospel" which presents Jesus as the "Stranger from Heaven," stands apart from the other three.
How the four gospels we know as the New Testament were chosen from dozens of versions of Jesus' story.