The Synoptic Gospels

Write an in-depth research paper (8-10 sources) on a selected topic (see below) that is a minimum of 3,000 words (approximately 10-12 pages). The student will only need to select one topic for a paper that totals 3,000 words. The paper must be written in Turabian format with a cover page and bibliography.

Answer the following questions concerning the Synoptic Gospels (must be a min. of 3,000 words):

1. Why do we have four Gospels instead of one? What is the problem with combining all four Gospels into one?
2. What are the Synoptic Gospels and how do they differ from John’s gospel?
3. Describe the gospel genre and its various characteristics.
4. According to Strauss and your personal research, why were each of the Synoptic Gospels written?
5. What does it mean to read the Gospels “vertically” or “horizontally”? Include the benefits.

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