3. Each of the synoptic gospel writers addressed his writings to the needs of a specific audience. Even though the synoptic gospels were very similar, their audiences determined the way that each wrote about the life and teachings of Jesus. Explain the audiences of Matthew, Mark, and Luke’s gospels and why each of these writers emphasized what they did to answer the needs of their audiences. - Matthews audience in his gospels are the Jewish people. In his gospels he depicts Jesus as the fulfillment of the Law and the prophets. Jesus is not a break from the Jewish faith but is inconsistent with it and serves as the completion in the Hebrew scriptures. Jesus is portrayed as the New Moses and the perfect of Israel. The Jewish people loved the stories of the scriptures and the prophecies of God. So, they would have similar beliefs to Matthew so that is why he directs his gospel towards that direct audience.
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-Mark’s audience in his gospels are the Romans. In his gospels he portrays Jesus as the suffering Son ofDavid. Even though Christ should had been received with honor, he will still die a humiliating death forthe wrong doings of human kind. Jesus was often misunderstood and sought to keep his identity as the son of God, a secret to those who didn’t believe in him. Mark wrote to the Romans; the leadershipaction really impressed the Romans. The Romans know a lot about power, but not much about the scriptures. The Romans wanted a God who would powerfully fulfill their deepest needs. Peter and Paul were both killed in the persecution of Christians in Rome, which is how marks connection to the Romans ties into his Gospels. - Luke’s audience in his gospels are the Greeks. In his gospel Luke portrays Jesus as the savior to the whole wide world. His teachings and his life were for everyone – Jews and Gentile, rich, poor, male, and female. This gospel shows Jesus as interacting with the outsiders, the disenfranchised, the sick ad the women. There is also a journey theme to his gospels. The Greeks love culture, beauty, and ideas. Luke fills all of his writings with insights, interviews and songs, and the details that fascinate the inquiring mind. So, therefore, Luke’s audience in his Gospels are the Greeks.
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