An Interview with Daniel John – Part 2

Has this type of Harmonious Merger of the Gospels existed before?

Long before there were the four Gospels that we have today, placed side-by-side as a collection in the New Testament, the four accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were combined in a merged harmony called, the “Diatessaron“, in about 160 CE.  The creator of that unified Gospel account was a man named Tatian, who was a student of Justin Martyr in Rome. After Justin died, Tatian continued his school, until he came into conflict with the Church of Rome, and left the city.

A Harmony of the GospelsIt should be noted that in the year 160 CE, when Tatian was compiling his merger, there were many Gospel accounts, and collections of the sayings and teachings of Jesus Christ, being circulated throughout the growing church. By some accounts, there were more than 20 such “Gospels”. Of those, Tatian used just four, the same four accounts that are found in every New Testament of Jesus Christ today.  Why he used these four Gospel accounts, in favor or lieu of the others, was likely because he knew John’s Gospel to be inspired, and perhaps he used the other three because they were so similar. read more

How Many Words of Jesus Christ are Red?

Now that The Red Letter Gospel has been completed, which is a red-lettered edition of The Synoptic Gospel, the question has been asked, “What percentage of the Gospel is just the words of Jesus Christ?”

To begin, the full word count of the complete texts of the four Gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, from the English version of the NASB (New American Standard Bible), is a total of 83,680 words.

The Synoptic Gospel - Scene 674When the texts are arranged in the four Gospel harmony and word-for-word merger of FIVE COLUMN: The Synoptic Gospel, the combined Gospel is 65,493 words, or just over 22% shorter in length.  This 22% is mostly the duplication that is repeated within the parallel sections of Gospel verses, which is excluded in the combined text of the fifth column.

Counting only the original words of Jesus Christ from The Red Letter Gospel, and excluding where other people repeat in speech words that He said (which would also be colored red), the count of His words is 31,426, or almost 48% of the entire Gospel!  This means that almost one half of the entire unified Gospel story are only the words of Jesus! Amazing! read more

New! The Red Letter Gospel!

The Red Letter Gospel coverA new version of The Synoptic Gospel PDF now features the Words that were spoken by Jesus Christ in red letters!  This red letter edition will be known as “The Red Letter Gospel“.

Now it is once again clear the Words that Jesus Himself spoke!  I say once again, because the very first version of the printed Synoptic Gospel was a red letter edition, way back in 2009.

The printed version of The Red Letter Gospel will follow, along with a red letter Kindle edition to be sold with the black-and-white version that is currently available on Amazon.com.

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New! FIVE COLUMN 3.0

New updates to the FIVE COLUMN database include the following features:FIVE COLUMN - The Synoptic Gospel

  1. angled brackets < > now enclose every word that was added to the fifth column text for which there is no counterpart within the four columns of the Gospel harmony.
  2. an asterisk * indicates words in the four NASB (New American Standard Bible) columns that were compared with the Greek of the Nestle and the Westcott-Hort manuscripts as those words were being substituted into the fifth column.
  3. additional historical references to more people and locations (to help keep track of the Herods!)
  4. the new Flame cover!

Adding the angle brackets to the fifth column text is a change significant enough to warrant the inclusion of the current copyright date, and all versions of FIVE COLUMN – The Synoptic Gospel will be now be designated as:   © 2009, 2014, 2017  by Smart Publishing Ltd.

A coupon code to download a free copy of the PDF version of this new edition of FIVE COLUMN – The Synoptic Gospel has been sent to those who have purchased previous versions of the FIVE COLUMN PDF.

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NEW VIDEO Explains FIVE COLUMN

In order to briefly explain how the FIVE COLUMN merged harmony of the Four GospWhat Is FIVE COLUMN?els was created, a new video has been added entitled, “What Is FIVE COLUMN?

The amazing graphics of the 12 minute video show how the verses of the original four Gospels were divided and arranged to produce a true word-for-word harmony for all of the sayings and events of the combined Gospel Story of The Life of Jesus Christ.

After watching the FIVE COLUMN video you will understand the advantages of reading a more complete and yet shorter Gospel story, that is told chronologically in 360 Scenes of Action, so that you can follow everything that happened.

A second important video called, “What Is The Synoptic Gospel?” has also been added to the Home page, which explains the features and benefits of reading the fifth column of the FIVE COLUMN database as The Synoptic GospelThe Story of The Life of Jesus.

Read FIVE COLUMN if you want to see how the words of the four Gospels were harmoniously combined, and read The Synoptic Gospel if you just want to read the complete Gospel Story, to know all that Jesus Christ said, and did, and taught.

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The ePub lets you quickly navigate through the entire Story of The Life of Jesus, and includes the date and location of each Scene.

The PDF is an amazing document that includes the color maps and also the Gospel Verse Cross Reference Appendix, which shows if any verse from any of the four Gospel is part of a parallel set with any of the other Gospels.

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Commentary on Scene 121 – Gabriel Tells Mary that She will Birth A Son

Chapter 1 – The Birth of Jesus

Act 2 – The Annunciation to Mary

Scene 1 – Gabriel Tells Mary that She Will Birth A Son

Nazareth, Galilee            late December / 7 BCE

Luke 1:26-38

1  Now in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth,

2  to a virgin engaged to a man of the house of David whose name was Joseph; and the virgin’s name was Mary.

3  Coming in, Gabriel said to her, “Greetings, favored one!  The Lord is with you.”

4  But Mary was very perplexed at this statement, and pondered what kind of salutation this was.

5  The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God!

6  And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son; and you shall name Him Jesus.

7  He will be great; and will be called the Son of the Most High!

8  And the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His Kingdom will have no end.”

9  Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?”

10  The angel answered, and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God. read more

Commentary on Scene 112 – Elizabeth Becomes Pregnant with John

Chapter 1 – The Birth of Jesus

Act 1 – Prophecy About John

Scene 2 – Elizabeth Becomes Pregnant with John

Judean hill country,  Judea          summer / 7 BCE

Luke 1:24-25

  1. After these days Zacharias’ wife Elizabeth became pregnant,
  2. and she kept herself in seclusion for five months, saying, “This is the way the Lord has dealt with me in the days when He looked with favor upon me, to take away my disgrace from among men.”

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This very short Scene of only two verses is the continuation of the narrative from the Gospel of Luke in the last commentary (Scene 111) as it continues the story after the priest Zacharias has returned home from his tour of service in the Temple in Jerusalem.

It is assumed that either immediately or soon after returning to his wife Elizabeth, whom he has not seen for at least two weeks, Zacharias would try and couple with her to produce the baby that had been promised to him by the angel Gabriel.  Most likely Zacharias slept with his wife as soon as he returned home, as he had been told by the angel Gabriel in the last Scene, that because he had doubted the words of the angel, he would be unable to speak “until the day when these things take place.”  Either way, soon after his return home, Zacharias’ wife, Elizabeth, becomes pregnant with child.

During a five month period of “seclusion”, when Elizabeth isolated herself in her home and away from everyone, she gives an interesting statement, which many have taken to mean that she was publicly disgraced until now, at her advanced age, by being childless. read more

Commentary on Scene 111 – The Birth of John is Foretold to Zacharias

Chapter 1 – The Birth of Jesus

Act 1 – Prophecy About John

Scene 1 – The Birth of John is Foretold to Zacharias

Mark 1:1 / Luke 1:5-23

This commentary begins a new Chapter – Chapter 1 – entitled, The Birth of Jesus.  You can probably guess what this Chapter is about…

This first Scene of the Chapter is taken entirely from the Gospel of Luke, with the exception of one verse from the Gospel of Mark, which is its opening line (Mark 1:1). There are no parallel verses shared between the Gospels in this scene. The contents of this Scene, along with the next few Scenes which are also taken entirely from the Gospel of Luke, have been called, The Birth Narrative.

Although the author, Luke, was not an apostle or disciple of Jesus Christ, and had never met Him in the flesh, he wanted to write an account which he compiled from the testimonies of “those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word”, as he stated in the second verse of his Gospel. This group included some of the apostles of Jesus, and people who had been with Him, which likely included His family.

Luke’s Gospel is the longest of the four Gospels (at 1,151 verses), and it contains many details and stories that are not found in the other Gospel accounts.  The Gospel of Luke is often recited around Christmastime for the details that it provides about the birth story of Jesus. For more information on Luke, see the very first post of this series. read more

Commentary on Scene 022 – The Genealogy of The Son of God

CHAPTER 0

Act 2 – The Genealogy of Jesus

Scene 2 – The Genealogy of The Son of God

Luke 3:23-38

This scene of The Synoptic Gospel is taken entirely from the Gospel of Luke, and it recounts the genealogy of Jesus as the Son of God, and lists the lineage of Jesus from Joseph, the husband of His mother Mary, all the way back through time to Adam, as the “son of God”.

It is not uncommon for the story of a great man to open with his ancestry – at least a mention about who his mother and father were, and other ancestors further back in time especially if they are of note or importance.

Luke’s genealogical record of Jesus is different from most Jewish ancestries in that it begins in the present with Jesus, and then goes backwards in time to end with the first man, “… Adam, the son of God”. Naming Jesus first, and then going backwards in time emphasizes Jesus. By contrast, if you recall, the genealogy of Matthew’s Gospel (Scene 021) began with Abraham, who is seen as the beginning of the Israelite lineage, and went forward in time to end with Jesus.

While Matthew’s genealogical record is mainly for the Jewish people, this record in Luke was written to prove that Jesus is the Son of God, which is of interest to all the people in the entire world. read more