Literary Criticism Of The Gospel

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The greatest news the world has ever heard is the Gospel. In fact, the word ‘Gospel’ means good news and this is not any good news, but the good news about Jesus Christ (Strauss 26). What is more, the early church adapted the word Gospel from the Greek word Euangelion, which was used to announce the victory of the emperor or the birth of his son (Strauss 26). Indeed the church had a victory to share about the birth of a son—Jesus who overcame death on the cross and through his resurrection from the dead. Eventually, the story of Jesus’ life, ministry and teaching was written down so that future generation would know this good news and therefore put faith in God and trust his provision of salvation through the gift of his son. There are four distinct Gospel writers of whom there are distinct features of each, targeted at a specific audience and today people can grasp a greater understanding of the Gospels through literary criticism. First of all, Mark Strauss states, “Each of the four Gospels — Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John — paints a unique portrait of Jesus Christ. Each provides special insight into who he is and what he accomplished” (Strauss 24). He goes on to point out that although the Gospels are not exactly the same, they do show the same Jesus (Strauss 24). This means their diversity finds unity through several features. One feature is the historical setting of the Gospels. Each Gospel is set within an actually time of history that can be verified by other
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