Friday, March 23, 2018

The Gospel Merged

May 24, 2012 by  
Filed under Daily Manna, Monthly Articles

When our church read the Bible in 90 days, some of us complained when we got into the Gospels because so much was repeated.  It’s a good thing because it verifies what happened but when you’re reading through so quickly like that, it gets a little bit monotonous.  Last weekend, we were with some couples and a friend shared with me a merging of the Gospels.  How wonderful is that?  I thought I would share it with you on here so you can, either get acquainted with the first four books of the New Testament, or get re-acquainted with them for the summer.  Here is the plan that this man, R. Totten, has created:


by R. Totten (c) 2003


PART 1 – The Holy Spirit’s Prologue . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sections 1 – 3
PART 2 – Messiah’s Birth & Youth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sections 4 – 13
PART 3 – His First Year of Ministry: Inauguration . . . .Sections 14 – 34
PART 4 – His Second Year of Ministry: Popularity . . .Sections 35 – 54
PART 5 – His Third Year of Ministry: Rejection . . . . . Sections 55 – 68
PART 6 – Heading Towards the Cross in Jerusalem . . Sections 69 – 113
PART 7 – Messiah’s Final Week of Ministry . . . . . . . .Sections 114 – 140
PART 8 – The Suffering Savior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sections 141 – 158
PART 9 – The Risen and Glorified Lord . . . . . . . . . . . Sections 159 – 166


Standards for Merging the Gospels:

  • Every word from all four gospels is represented –merged into one running text.
  • Only wording directly from scripture is used, without “editorial” additions. (Though there are section-titles and notes)
  • Where gospels duplicate the same wording, that wording is included only once.
  • Where duplications between gospels do not use the same wording, the fuller, and most definite wording is used.

Explanation of Symbols & Abbreviations:

  • Raised Numerals – are placed throughout the text to indicate which gospel is being quoted in the harmony –specifically: 1Matthew, 2Mark, 3Luke, and 4John.
  • Italics – are used to indicate words which are not found in the original Greek, Aramaic or Hebrew text, but are clearly implied by its context. Bold italics are used for section titles and Scripture references. Where someone’s name (e.g. “Jesus”) is itilicized, the Greek literally uses a pronoun (e.g. “He” or “Him”), but the italicized name is used for clarity in the translation.
  • Underlined Text – is used to indicate emphasis in the Greek text.
  • Raised Letters – (e.g. A B C superscripts) are used to indicate explanatory footnotes and references for scripture quotations –given at the bottom of the page.
  • [Brackets] – are used to indicate words which are not found in the earliest and/or most reliable manuscripts –and thus, are possibly not in the original inspired writings.
  • Personal Pronouns – (e.g. “He,” “Me,” and “You”) – are capitalized when referring to Deity.
  • Lit. – Indicates a “Literal” translation.
  • Heb. – Hebrew text
  • Gk. – Greek text of the N.T.
Okay, it may look confusing but it really isn’t.  I’m going to post one section a day.  I hope you’ll read and post what you think of it.
Section 1 – An Orderly Account      (Mark 1:1; Luke 1:1-4)

2The beginning of the gospel of Jesus AChrist –the Son of God.
3Inasmuch as many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us (just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word) it seemed good to me also (having carefully investigated everything from the beginning) to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the reliable truth of the things you have been taught.

Section 2 – The Word of God, Became Flesh

      (John 1:1-18)

4In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.
All things came into being through him –and without him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines on in the darkness, and the darkness has never overcome it.
There came a man, sent from God –his name was John. He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that through him all men might believe. He himself was not the Light –he came only as a witness to the Light.
The true Light, that gives light to every man, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, yet the world did not recognize Him. He came to His own domain, but His own people did not receive Him. But to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God –who were born not of Bnatural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We have seen His glory –the glory of the Only Begotten Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John testifies concerning Him, and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because He was before me.’ ” –And from His fullness we have all received one gracious blessing after another. For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus AChrist. No one has ever seen God; but the uniquely begotten Son [–God] –who is in the bosom of the Father– He has made Him known.

Section 3 – Messiah’s “Legal” Genealogy, Leading to Joseph


1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus the AMessiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham:

Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, who was born by Tamar,
Perez the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram,
Ram the father of Amminadab, Amminadab the father of Nahshon,
Nahshon the father of Salmon, Salmon the father of Boaz, who was born by Rahab,
Boaz the father of Obed, who was born by Ruth,
Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse was the father of David the King.

David was the father of Solomon, who was born by Uriah’s wife,
Solomon was the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah,
Abijah the father of Asa, Asa the father of Jehoshaphat,
Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram, Jehoram the father of Uzziah,
Uzziah the father of Jotham, Jotham the father of Ahaz,
Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, Hezekiah the father of Manasseh,
Manasseh the father of Amon, Amon the father of Josiah, and
Josiah was the father of Jeconiah and his brothers at the time of the deportation to Babylon.

After the deportation to Babylon: Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel,
Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, Zerubbabel the father of Abiud,
Abiud the father of Eliakim, Eliakim the father of Azor,
Azor the father of Zadok, Zadok the father of Akim,
Akim the father of Eliud, Eliud the father of Eleazar,
Eleazar the father of Matthan, Matthan the father of Jacob, and
Jacob was the father of Joseph, the Chusband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called A“Messiah.”

So there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, and fourteen generations from David to the captivity in Babylon, and fourteen generations from the captivity to the AMessiah.


Notes: Sec.1-3 – AGreek is “Christos,” which is the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew title, “Messiah,” meaning “Anointed One” (and this is the case throughout all the gospels) ; Sec.2 – BLit.= “of bloods” ; Sec.3 – CThe “Legal” Genealogy from Abraham down to Joseph establishes the male headship of the family, even though Jesus was not physically the son of Joseph or any man, but only of Mary.

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