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The Gospels

All of the answers given on AskJesus.com come from the Gospels. The Gospels, also known as the Canonical Gospels are the four accounts of the life of Jesus central to the Christian Canon. All other gospels are referred to as non-canonical.

In the days of the Early Church (before 325 AD) there were a number of accounts of the life of Jesus Christ in circulation, but only four accounts were considered reliable enough to be accepted as part of the Canon of the New Testament, those being the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

The four Gospels are as follows:

Gospel of Matthew

The Gospel According to Matthew, commonly shortened to the Gospel of Matthew, is one of the four Canonical gospels and is the first book of the New Testament. This synoptic gospel is an account of the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. It details his story from his genealogy to his Great Commission.
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Gospel of Mark

The Gospel According to Mark, commonly shortened to the Gospel of Mark, is the second book of the New Testament. This Canonical account of the life of Jesus is one of the Synoptic Gospels. It was thought to be an epitome, and accordingly, its place as the second gospel in most Bibles. However, most contemporary scholars now regard it as the earliest of the canonical gospels, while other scholars now argue that the Gospel of the Hebrews actually was composed first and the basis for future gospels.
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Gospel of Luke

The Gospel According to Luke, generally shortened to the Gospel of Luke, is the third and longest of the four canonical Gospels. This synoptic gospel is an account of the life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth. It details his story from the events of his birth to his Ascension. The author is traditionally identified as Luke the Evangelist. Certain popular stories on these themes, such as the Prodigal Son and the Good Samaritan, are found only in this gospel. This gospel also has a special emphasis on prayer, the activity of the Holy Spirit, and joyfulness.
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Gospel of John

The Gospel According to John, commonly referred to as The Gospel of John is an account of the life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth. It details the story of Jesus from his Baptism to his Resurrection. In the standard order of the canonical gospels, it is fourth, after the synoptic gospels Matthew, Mark and Luke. The Gospel is anonymous, but in chapter 21 it is stated that it derives from the testimony of the 'Disciple whom Jesus loved', whom Early Church tradition identified with John the Apostle, one of Jesus' Twelve Apostles.
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