The First Three Gospels
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While writings of Paul were the first literature of the NT, the NT actually begins with four books known as the gospels. Matthew, Mark, and Luke, the first three of these gospels, are known as the synoptic gospels and provide accounts of the life and teachings of Jesus. Incorporating material from both oral and written sources, the synoptic gospels show evidence of a literary relationship that suggests that Mark was the first gospel to be written. In this chapter, we will explore the kinds of stories about Jesus that were handed down orally and theories about the written sources used by the authors of the first three gospels.