Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Terminology Tuesday: Synoptic Gospels, Synoptic Problem

Synoptic Gospels, Synoptic Problem: The Synoptic Gospels are Matthew, Mark and Luke, which reflect many similarities to each other, in contrast to John’s Gospel, which provides a quite different (albeit complementary) picture of Jesus. The synoptic problem centers around the literary relation and interdependence among the three Gospels based on their shared subject matter and frequent textual similarities.1

1. Stanley J. Grenz, David Guretzki & Cherith Fee Nordling, Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1999), p. 111.


  1. Mike Gantt February 7, 2012

    I think it would be better termed "The Synoptic Opportunity" as three good witnesses are better than one.

  2. Anonymous February 8, 2012

    Good witnesses, yupp. Different genealogies in matthew and luke, mike?

  3. James February 9, 2012

    Have you even bothered to examine this so-called problem ? One genealogy describes biological lineage, while the other describes royal/legal lineage.