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Final Essay Options - Essay Options 1) There are many major...

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Essay Options 1) There are many major differences between the Gospel of John and the Synoptic Gospels. When John is compared with the other gospels, there are obvious differences in content, beginning with material present in the synoptic but missing from John. In the fourth gospel, for example, there are no stories about Jesus casting out demons, a rather common occurrence in Matthew, Mark, and Luke. There is also no temptation story, no account of the transfiguration, no parable of the Sower, no parable of the Wicked Tenants, no mention of the rich young ruler, or the man with the withered hand. Perhaps most striking is the fact that John offers us no accounts of Jesus being baptized or instituting the Eucharist. John does have a distinct way of presenting the sacraments. There is no baptismal story, but plenty of baptismal language. Also there is no Eucharistic story, but plenty of Eucharistic language. There are also some major differences in what has been included in John. Among the stories unique to John in the gospels are the miracle at Cana, the conversations with Nicodemus and with the Samaritan woman at the well, the raising of Lazarus, the foot-washing episode, and the three post-resurrection stories. Even within John’s version of the Passion story has some differences. For example, the trial of Jesus before Pilate is much more developed in John than in the other gospels. John does have some stories that are the same as the synoptic gospels, but his details of the story are very different. For instance, John tells how Jesus healed the son of an official in Capernaum. This is rather similar to a story preserved in
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This test prep was uploaded on 04/15/2008 for the course REL 175 taught by Professor Bidmeadandhanges during the Spring '06 term at Miami University.

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