These charts show some of the unique characteristics and key differences between the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
|Author||Tax collector and apostle. Also known as "Levi."||Missionary with Barnabus and Paul. Called a son by Peter.||Greek doctor who travelled with Paul. Wrote Acts as sequel.||Fisherman, apostle, and elder. Wrote 5 NT books. Died at an old age.|
|Date Written||37-68 A.D.
Probably written after Mark.
Likely the first gospel written.
Probably after Mark and Matthew. (Luke 1:1-3)
The last gospel written.
|Depiction of Jesus||King of the Jews||Powerful Servant of God||Perfect Savior of Man||Son of God|
|Key Words||Kingdom, Fulfill||Immediately, Authority||Son of Man||Believe, Life, World, Father, Son|
|Key Verse||Matthew 27:37||Mark 10:45||Luke 19:10||John 3:16|
|Characteristics||Evidence to prove Jesus was the promised Messiah.||Fast paced and visual.||Careful and historical.||The gospel of belief.|
|Old Testament quote count||45||23||23||14|
|Notes||Handbook of teachings about the Kingdom.||All but 4 chapters present at least 1 miracle.||Has more parables than any other gospel.||Teachings are presented as conversations.|
|Words||Over 23,000||Almost 15,000||Over 25,000||Over 18,000|
|Size Notes||3rd largest NT book||5th largest NT book||Largest NT book. Acts is 2nd with over 24,000 words.||4th largest NT book.|