Synoptic Problem

Synoptic Problem - F rank Hager Reflection 2 Int roduction...

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Frank Hager Reflection 2 Introduction to the New Testament February 12, 2010 Synoptic Problem In order to examine the Synoptic Problem, I picked Jesus’ temptation as a basis point to find similarities and differences that will help us uncover the relationship between these Gospels. In this passage, Jesus is said to find the ‘wilderness’ three different ways. In Matthew, the Spirit leads him there. In Mark, the Spirit drove him into the wilderness. And in Luke, Jesus is filled with the Holy Spirit which leads him there. Although this is a minor difference, I believe it is important to analyze for a few reasons. Mark uses a harsh tone in saying that Jesus was driven there, maybe to express his overall message of the suffering Jesus, as mentioned in Chapter 6 of our Text Book. Matthew and Luke continue their similarities, giving detailed accounts about the devil’s interaction with Jesus, asking him to perform miracles if he is the “Son of God”. In Mark, however, the author merely states that Jesus was tempted by Satan and that “he was
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This note was uploaded on 07/19/2010 for the course NES 2326 taught by Professor Haines-eitzen during the Spring '10 term at Cornell.

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