- The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001.
(snp´tk) (KEY) [Gr. synopsis=view together], the first three
Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke),
considered as a unit. They bear greater similarity to each other
than any of them does to John, which
differs from them also in purpose. The question of the relations
between the three is called the Synoptic
problem. Most Protestant and some Roman Catholic scholars agree that
Matthew and Luke were written
later than Mark, which they followed closely. Matthew then divided
Mark into five portions and used them in
order, separating them by other material. Luke divided the book only
in two, nine chapters being inserted
I've never seen the overall structural situation laid out so succintly.
Is this the picture?
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