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Part I

Part II

Part III

Part IV

Part V

Part VI


Part II: The Necessity of the Four Gospels


Further Examples from the Gospels

     Here some further examples of Gospel passages in which apparently the same reported speech is set forth by different writers in significantly different words, as discussed in chapter 1 of this paper. The meaning is essentially the same in many cases, but not in all. For instance, "good things" cannot precisely be equated with "the Holy Spirit," nor can "the kingdom of God" be precisely equated with "the kingdom of heaven."
     How we hear is not really the same as what we hear, nor "having" the same as "seeming to have." Yet the respective writers were undoubtedly inspired to employ the actual words they did.

Mark 2:5 / Luke 5:20: "Son..." / "Man..."

Matthew 9:4 / Mark 2:8 / Luke5:22: "Wherefore..."/ "Why..."/ "What..."

Mark 2:18 / Luke 5:33: "Thy disciples fast not..."/ "... eat..."

Matthew 9:15 / Mark 2:19: "Children... mourn"/ ""

The new piece of cloth in the old garment: stated differently in Matthew 9:16, 17 / Mark 2:21, 22 / Luke 5:36-39.

Matthew 11:11 / Luke 7:28: "Kingdom of heaven" / "kingdom of God"

Matthew 7:11 / Luke 11:13: "Good things" / "the Holy Spirit"

Mark 9:19 / Luke 9:41: "Bring him..." / "Bring thy son"

Mark 4:24 / Luke 8:10: "What ye hear" / "How ye hear"

Mark 4:25 / Luke 8:10: "Which he hath" / "Which he seemeth to have"

Matthew 3:11 / Mark 1:7: "Shoes to bear" / " undo"

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Copyright © 1988 Evelyn White. All rights reserved

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