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The Four Gospels

What are the five most common principles involved in harmonizing and making sense of the four Gospels? Why are there differences? What can explain these differences? Whenever possibly, illustrate with quotes from Gospels.

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McCallum and DeLashmutt (2004) suggested the following 5 principles are the most common principles involved in harmonization (but some harmonization issues involve other, less common principles):

1. Ancient people were not as interested in geographic and chronological details as we are.

· Gadarenes (Mt. 8:28) and Gerasenes (Mk. 5:1) refer to two cities in the same region.
. Luke refers to the new site of Jericho (Lk. 18:35), while Matthew and Mark refer to old Jericho (Mt. 20:29; ...

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The solution describes the five most common principles involved in harmonizing and making sense of the four Synoptic Gospels, using quotes for illustrative purposes. In other words, the principles explains why there are both similarities and differences across the Gospels of Mark, Luke, Mathew and John, using Scriptures as evidence.

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