Bible Term: Synoptic Gospels

Three of the four books in the Bible about Jesus‘ life (Gospels) are quite similar, likely based on a common reference source. They are Matthew, Mark, and Luke.

It’s speculated that Matthew and Luke borrowed passages from Mark or perhaps that all three used a common, but unidentified, source. Nevertheless, each provides a valuable contribution to our understanding of Jesus.

Despite their similarities, each of the Gospels was written with a different purpose or audience in mind and with a specific focus or intent. As such, we see many similarities, as well as uniqueness, between these three Gospels.