In that the meaning of the words from the four individual Gospel accounts are all found within a single text, FIVE COLUMN and The Synoptic Gospel are complete, and our knowledge of the things that Jesus said and did cannot be significantly added to from the manuscripts that currently exist of the four New Testament Gospels, and as they are presented in the NASB (New American Standard Bible).
The first New Testament to include The Synoptic Gospel account of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ will be with the new NASB 2020 edition of the Bible (to be published in the autumn of 2020). In time, the precisely merged Gospel story of this book, or something similar to it, will eventually replace the four Gospels in the New Testaments of most Bibles, even as the Diatessaron was once the only Gospel account used within the early Eastern and Coptic churches for hundreds of years.
Perhaps given enough time, some future generation will be unaware that the Gospel story of the life of Jesus Christ that is found in the New Testament was based on four related but separate accounts, that had once existed together as a merger, and then side-by-side for almost 2,000 years. If this seems unlikely, consider that most people today have not heard of Diatessaron, nor are many people aware that within the early church perhaps as many as thirty different "gospel" collections of the stories, sayings and teachings of Jesus Christ once existed, in addition to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
As all people are to hear the Gospel message of Jesus Christ, FIVE COLUMN and The Synoptic Gospel are powerful new tools to help spread that Good News. And as for the four individual Gospel accounts themselves, they will always continue to exist in the countless New Testaments of all of the Bibles that have been printed, in all of the languages of the world.
As to the future of this work, improvements will continue to be made to the FIVE COLUMN four Gospel harmony, and to The Synoptic Gospel, by those who are interested. For more information on improving future editions of this work, please see the last page of this book.
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- Article 1
Why Merge The Gospels?
- Article 2
Have The Gospels Been Merged?
- Article 3
Why Include The Gospel of John?
- Article 4
Parallel Wording Differences
- Article 5
Ordering The Gospel Storyline
- Article 6
Re-Versing The Gospel