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The Gospel and Testament of Jesus Christ


The Gospel According to: Matthew
The Gospel According to: Mark
The Gospel According to: Luke
The Gospel According to: John

The Acts of the Apostles (by Luke?): Acts

The Letter of Paul to the Romans: Romans
The First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians: 1 Corinthians
The Second Letter of Paul to the Corinthians: 2 Corinthians
The Letter of Paul to the Galatians: Galatians
The Letter of Paul to the Ephesians: Ephesians
The Letter of Paul to the Philippians: Philippians
The Letter of Paul to the Colossians: Colossians
The First Letter of Paul to the Thessalonians: 1 Thessalonians
The Second Letter of Paul to the Thessalonians: 2 Thessalonians
The First Letter of Paul to Timothy: 1 Timothy
The Second Letter of Paul to Timothy: 2 Timothy
The Letter of Paul to Titus: Titus
The Letter of Paul to Philemon: Philemon

The Letter (of Luke?) to the Hebrews: Hebrews
The Letter of James: James
The First Letter of Peter: 1 Peter
The Second Letter of Peter: 2 Peter
The First Letter of John: 1 John
The Second Letter of John: 2 John
The Third Letter of John: 3 John
The Letter of Jude: Jude
The Revelation to John: Revelation

The Gospel According to: Thomas (off site, new window)
Gnostic writings (off site, new window)


Why include the Gospels in a Spinoza Study?

"... The chief good is that he should arrive, together with other individuals if possible, at the possession of the aforesaid character. What that character is we shall show in due time, namely, that it is the knowledge of the union existing between the mind and the whole of nature." - Spinoza (TEI)

"...a man who can by pure intuition comprehend ideas which are neither contained in nor deducible from the foundations of our natural knowledge, must necessarily possess a mind far superior to those of his fellow men, nor do I believe that any have been so endowed save Christ. To Him the ordinances of God leading men to salvation were revealed directly without words or visions, ... Christ communed with God mind to mind" - Spinoza, (TPT)

"...I therefore conclude, that the resurrection of Christ from the dead was in reality spiritual, and that to the faithful alone, according to their understanding, it was revealed that Christ was endowed with eternity, and had risen from the dead (using dead in the sense in which Christ said, "let the dead bury their dead"), giving by His life and death a matchless example of holiness. Moreover, He to this extent raises his disciples from the dead, in so far as they follow the example of His own life and death. It would not be difficult to explain the whole Gospel doctrine on this hypothesis." - Spinoza, (Letter 23)

The New Testament Gospel itself indicates that Jesus spoke differently to the masses than to his own students and unfortunately what he taught his students can only be gathered indirectly and in fragments. Still, since Spinoza held Christ in such high regard, and the New Testament Gospel is one of the only places where he would have found Christ's words (though possibly distorted by the writers), it seems worthwhile including them for study.

Many Christian Gnostic writings have become available in recent years and they may more clearly represent the ideas behind Christ's private teachings. Gnosis (the act of inner "Knowing") is contrasted with Faith and Theology and seems to have much in harmony with Spinoza's ideas. The early Christian Church did its best to destroy Gnostic writings but fortunately some have survived (see the link to Gnostic writings above).

Jesus, like the Buddha was a man who had awaken from the ordinary dream state in which men spend most of their lives. What is related in the New Testament Gospel is for the most part his interactions with the sleeping or drowsy people around him. How does an "awake" and "aware" adult speak to a child who has not yet experienced ordinary life? Those among whom Jesus spoke publicly were like ourselves, lost in a dream state and unexperienced in Eternal Life.

"And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given." Matthew 13:10-11.

Not that it was given to them by supernatural Divine means but because they were students of Jesus and had begun, in varying degrees, to understand their own nature as it derives from God. The writings selected for the New Testament reflect the already widening gap between the private teaching of Jesus and the theology that surrounded his public teaching and rapidly took over following his death.

I had often wondered why Spinoza didn't just come up with a different term rather than use "God", or perhaps just use "Nature" without equating the term with "God". One reason may be that the "theological god" of the imagination is so prevalent and it does reflect, in a confused way, the sense that most humans have of a greater reality. By using the same term he forces us to distinguish our own imagination from our understanding and to seek to clarify the two. Had he made up or used some other term we might just go back and forth between two imaginations (one associated with "God" and the other, separate in the imagination, associated with "SomeOtherTerm") never coming to a clear and adequate idea of God.

The Gospels speak mainly of a possible inner evolution called "re-birth". This is their central idea. ... The Gospels are from beginning to end all about this possible self-evolution. They are psychological documents. They are about the psychology of this possible inner development --that is, about what a man must think, feel, and do in order to reach a new level of understanding. ... Everyone has an outer side that has been developed by his contact with life and an inner side which remains vague, uncertain, undeveloped. ... For that reason the teaching of inner evolution must be so formed that it does not fall solely on the outer side of man. It must fall there first, but be capable of penetrating more deeply and awakening the man himself --the inner, unorganized man. A man evolves internally through his deeper reflection, not through his outer life-controlled side. He evolves through the spirit of his understanding and by inner consent to what he sees as truth. The psychological meanings of the relatively fragmentary teaching recorded in the Gospels refers to this deeper, inner side of everyone.

- Maurice Nicoll; The New Man


1. Events Prior to Jesus's Public Ministry

SUBJECT Matthew Mark Luke John
Prologue to the gospel     Lk:1.1-4 Jn:1.1-18
The promise of John the Baptist's birth     Lk:1.5-25  
The salutation of Mary; Mary visits Elisabeth     Lk:1.26-56  
The birth of John the Baptist     Lk:1.57-80  
The birth of Jesus; the shepherds Mt:1.18-25   Lk:2.1-20  
Visit of the wise men Mt:2.1-12      
Circumcision of Jesus; presentation in the temple     Lk:2.21-40  
Flight into Egypt, Herod slays the babies of Bethlehem; return from Egypt Mt:2.13-23      
Jesus at twelve years of age     Lk:2.41-52  


2. Preparation for Jesus' Public Ministry

SUBJECT Matthew Mark Luke John
Of John the Baptist and his ministry Mt:3.1-12 Mk:1.1-8 Lk:3.1-18 Jn:1.19-34
John's imprisonment     Lk:3.19-20  
The baptism of Jesus Mt:3.13-17 Mk:1.9-11 Lk:3.21-22  
The genealogy of Jesus Mt:1.1-17   Lk:3.23-38  
The temptation of Jesus Mt:4.1-11 Mk:1.12-13 Lk:4.1-13  


3. Jesus' Public Ministry in Galilee

SUBJECT Matthew Mark Luke John
Jesus' first miracle (water made wine); Jesus visits Capernaum       Jn:2.1-12
Jesus cleanses the temple during the Passover       Jn:2.13-25
Nicodemus visits Jesus at night ("Except a man be born again")       Jn:3.1-21
Jesus remains and baptizes through his disciples, in Judea; John the Baptist again testifies to Jesus       Jn:3.22-4.3
Jesus converses with the woman of Samaria ("living water")       Jn:4.4-42
Jesus arrives in Galilee; his first preaching there Mt:4.12-17 Mk:1.14-15 Lk:4.14-15 Jn:4.43-45
Jesus' first rejection at Nazareth     Lk:4.16-30  
The miraculous catch of fish, the call of the first disciples ("I will make you fishers of men") Mt:4.18-22 Mk:1.16-20 Lk:5.1-11 Jn:1.35-41
Jesus in the synagogue at Capernaum heals a demoniac Mt:7.28-29 Mk:1.21-28 Lk:4.31-37 Jn:7.46
Jesus heals Peter's mother-in-law and others Mt:8.14-17 Mk:1.29-34 Lk:4.38-41  
Jesus departs from Capernaum   Mk:1.35-38 Lk:4.42-43  
A preaching journey in Galilee Mt:4.23-25 Mk:1.39 Lk:4.44  


4. The Sermon on the Mount

SUBJECT Matthew Mark Luke John
Introduction Mt:5.1-2   Lk:6.20  
The Beatitudes Mt:5.3-12   Lk:6.20-23  
The Woes     Lk:6.24-26  
The parables of salt and of light Mt:5.13-16 Mk:9.50 Lk:11.33-36 ; Lk:14.34-35  
On the law Mt:5.17-20   Lk:16.16-17  
On murder Mt:5.21-26   Lk:12.57-59  
On adultery and lust Mt:5.27-30      
On divorce Mt:5.31-32   Lk:16.18  
On swearing; on retaliation Mt:5.33-42   Lk:6.29-30  
On love of one's enemies Mt:5.43-48   Lk:6.27-28, 32-36  
On almsgiving, on prayer Mt:6.1-8      
The Lord's Prayer Mt:6.9-15   Lk:11.1-4  
On fasting, on treasures in heaven Mt:6.16-21   Lk:12.33-34  
The single eye Mt:6.22-23   Lk:11.34-36  
On serving two masters Mt:6.24   Lk:16.13  
On anxiety Mt:6.25-34   Lk:12.22-31  
On judging Mt:7.1-5   Lk:6.37-42  
"neither cast ye your pearls before swine" Mt:7.6      
God's answering of prayer ("seek, and ye shall find") Mt:7.7-11   Lk:11.9-13  
The Golden Rule Mt:7.12   Lk:6.31  
The narrow gate Mt:7.13-14   Lk:13.23-24  
The test of a good man ("know them by their fruits") Mt:7.15-20   Lk:6.43-45  
Warning against self-deception ("have we not prophesied in thy name?") Mt:7.21-23   Lk:6.46 ; Lk:13.26-27  
Hearers and doers of the Word ("built his house upon a rock") Mt:7.24-27   Lk:6.47-49  
The end of the Sermon ("he taught them as one having authority") Mt:7.28-29     Jn:7.46


5. Continuing Jesus' Public Ministry in Galilee

SUBJECT Matthew Mark Luke John
The healing of a leper Mt:8.1-4 Mk:1.40-45 Lk:5.12-16  
The healing of a centurion's servant Mt:8.5-13   Lk:7.1-10 Jn:4.46-54
The healing of the widow's son at     Lk:7.11-17  
The nature of discipleship ("let the dead bury their dead") Mt:8.18-22   Lk:9.57-62  
The healing of the paralytic at Capernaum Mt:9.1-8 Mk:2.1-12 Lk:5.17-26 Jn:5.8-9
The call of Levi (Matthew) Mt:9.9-13 Mk:2.13-17 Lk:5.27-32  
The question about fasting ("Neither do men put new wine into old bottles") Mt:9.14-17 Mk:2.18-22 Lk:5.33-39  
Jesus heals the man at Bethesda in Jerusalem; the testimony to Jesus       Jn:5.1-47
Two blind men healed Mt:9.27-31      
The healing of a dumb demoniac Mt:9.32-34 Mk:3.22-27 Lk:11.14-23  
The sending out of the twelve disciples Mt:9.35-10.6   Lk:10.1-16 Jn:1.42 ; Jn:4.35
The fate of the disciples Mt:10.17-25 Mk:13.9-13 Lk:21.12-17 Jn:13.16 ; Jn:14.26 ; Jn:15.20
Exhortation to fearless confession ("What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light") Mt:10.26-33   Lk:12.2-12 Jn:14.26
Division in households ("I came not to send peace, but a sword") Mt:10.34-36   Lk:12.49-56  
Conditions of discipleship Mt:10.37-39   Lk:14.25-33 Jn:12.25
End of the discourse to the disciples Mt:10.40-11.1   Lk:10.16 Jn:5.23 ; Jn:12.44-45
John's question to Jesus Mt:11.2-6   Lk:7.18-23  
Jesus' words about John ("What went ye out into the wilderness to see?") Mt:11.7-19   Lk:7.24-35  
Woes on the cities of Galilee Mt:11.20-24   Lk:10.13-15  
Jesus' thanksgiving to the Father Mt:11.25-27   Lk:10.21-22 Jn:3.35 ; Jn:7.29 ; Jn:10.14-15 ; Jn:17.2
Comfort for the heavy laden Mt:11.28-30      
Plucking ears of grain on the sabbath Mt:12.1-8 Mk:2.23-28 Lk:6.1-5 Jn:5.10
The healing of the man with a withered hand Mt:12.9-14 Mk:3.1-6 Lk:6.6-11  
Jesus heals the multitudes Mt:12.15-21 Mk:3.7-12 Lk:6.17-19  
The call of the twelve Mt:10.1-4 Mk:3.13-19 Lk:6.12-16 Jn:1.42
The woman with the ointment Mt:26.6-13 Mk:14.3-9 Lk:7.36-50 Jn:12.1-8
The ministering women     Lk:8.1-3  
Accusations against Jesus, a house divided Mt:12.22-37 Mk:3.20-30 Lk:11.14-23 Jn:7.20 ; Jn:8.48,52
Against seeking for signs Mt:12.38-42 Mk:8.11-12 Lk:11.29-32  
The return of the evil spirit Mt:12.43-45   Lk:11.24-26  
Jesus' true relatives ("Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?") Mt:12.46-50 Mk:3.31-35 Lk:8.19-21 Jn:15.14
Jesus teaches by parables: the sower, the tares, the seed growing secretly the mustard seed, the leaven,the hidden treasure, the pearl, the net cast into the sea, the householder Mt:13.1-52 Mk:4.1-34 Lk:8.4-18 ; Lk:10.23-24 ; Lk:13.18-21 Jn:12.40
The stilling of the storm Mt:8.23-27 Mk:4.35-51 Lk:8.22-25  
The Gadarene demoniac Mt:8.28-34 Mk:5.1-20 Lk:8.26-39  
Jairus' daughter and a woman's faith Mt:9.18-26 Mk:5.21-43 Lk:8.40-56  
Jesus is again rejected at Nazareth Mt:13.53-58 Mk:6.1-6   Jn:4.44 ; Jn:6.42 ; Jn:7.5,15 ;
The sending out of the twelve Mt:9.35 ; Mt:10.1-11,14 Mk:6.6-13 Lk:9.1-6  
Herod thinks Jesus is John, risen Mt:14.1-2 Mk:6.14-16 Lk:9.7-9  
The death of John Mt:14.3-12 Mk:6.17-29    
The return of the twelve and the feeding of the 5,000 Mt:14.13-21 Mk:6.30-44 Lk:9.10-17 Jn:6.1-14
Walking on the water Mt:14.22-33 Mk:6.45-52   Jn:6.15-21
Jesus' discourse on the bread of life       Jn:6.22-71
Healings at Gennesaret Mt:14.34-36 Mk:6.53-56    
What defiles a man Mt:15.1-20 Mk:7.1-23    
The Syrophenician woman Mt:15.21-28 Mk:7.24-30    
Healing of many; healing of the deaf Mt:15.29-31 Mk:7.31-37    
The feeding of the 4,000 Mt:15.32-39 Mk:8.1-10    
The Pharisees seek a sign Mt:16.1-4 Mk:8.11-13 Lk:11.29_32 ; Lk:12.54-56 Jn:6.30
A discourse on leaven Mt:16.5-12 Mk:8.14-21 Lk:12.1  
The blind man at Bethsaida   Mk:8.22-26   Jn:9.1-7
Peter's confession at Caesarea Philippi; first prediction of the Passion Mt:16.13-23 Mk:8.27-33 Lk:9.18-22 Jn:6.68-69 ; Jn:20.21-23
The conditions of discipleship Mt:16.24-28 Mk:8.34-9.1 Lk:9.23-27 Jn:12.25
The transfiguration Mt:17.1-8 Mk:9.2-8 Lk:9.28-36 Jn:1.14
The coming of Elijah Mt:17.9-13 Mk:9.9-13    
The epileptic boy healed Mt:17.14-21 Mk:9.14-29 Lk:9.37-43a Jn:14.9
The second prediction of the Passion Mt:17.22-23 Mk:9.30-32 Lk:9.43b-45 Jn:7.1
The temple tax Mt:17.24-27      
The dispute about greatness Mt:18.1-5 Mk:9.33-37 Lk:9.46-48 Jn:3.3,5 ; Jn:12.44-45 ; Jn:13.20
The strange exorcist   Mk:9.38-41 Lk:9.49-50  
On temptations Mt:18.6-9 Mk:9.42-48 Lk:17.1-2  
Concerning salt Mt:5.13 Mk:9.49-50 Lk:14.34-35  
The lost sheep Mt:18.10-14   Lk:15.1-10  
On reproving one's brother Mt:18.15-20   Lk:17.3 Jn:20.23
On reconciliation ("how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him?") Mt:18.21-22   Lk:17.3-4  
The parable of the unmerciful servant Mt:18.23-35      
Jesus goes to Jerusalem at the feast of Tabernacles; His discourses there       Jn:7.1-53
A woman taken in adultery is brought before Jesus       Jn:8.1-11
Jesus declares Himself the light of the world; unbelieving Jews attempt to stone Him       Jn:8.12-59
Jesus heals a beggar blind from birth       Jn:9.1-41
The Good Shepherd       Jn:10.1-21


6. Additional Ministry

SUBJECT Matthew Mark Luke John
The Samaritan villagers     Lk:9.51-56  
The nature of discipleship Mt:8.8-22   Lk:9.57-62  
The sending out of the seventy Mt:9.35-10.16   Lk:10.1-16 Jn:4.35 ; Jn:5.23
The return of the seventy     Lk:10.17-20 Jn:12.31
Jesus' gratitude to the Father Mt:11.25-27   Lk:10.21-22 Jn:10.15 ; Jn:17.2
The blessedness of the disciples ("...many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them;...") Mt:13.16-17   Lk:10.23-24  
The lawyer's question Mt:22.34-40 Mk:12.28-31 Lk:10.25-28  
The parable of the good Samaritan     Lk:10.29-37  
Mary and Martha     Lk:10.38-42 Jn:11.1-3
The friend at midnight     Lk:11.5-8  
The answer to prayer Mt:7.7-11   Lk:11.9-13  
The Beelzebub controversy Mt:9.32-34 ; Mt:12.22-30   Lk:11.14-23  
The blessedness of Jesus' mother     Lk:11.27-28  
The sign for this generation Mt:12.38-42 ; Mt:16.1-4 Mk:8.11-12 Lk:11.29-32  
Concerning light Mt:5.14-16 ; Mt:6.22-23   Lk:11.33-36  
Discourse against the Pharisees Mt:23.1-36 Mk:12.37-40 Lk:11.37-12.1  
Exhortation to fearless confession Mt:10.19-20, 20-33 ; Mt:12.32 Mk:4.22 ; Mk:8.38 Lk:12.2-12 Jn:14.26
The parable of the rich fool     Lk:12.13-21  
Cares about earthly things ("Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth") Mt:6.16-21, 25-34   Lk:12.22-34  
Watchfulness and faithfulness Mt:24.43-51 Mk:13.32-33 Lk:12.35-46 Jn:13.4-5
The servant's wages     Lk:12.47-48  
Interpreting the present time Mt:10.34-36 ; Mt:16.1-4   Lk:12.49-56 Jn:12.27
Agreement with one's accuser Mt:5.25-26   Lk:12.57-59  
Repentance or destruction     Lk:13.1-9  
Healing of the woman with a spirit of infirmity     Lk:13.10-17  
Parables of the mustard seed, of the leaven Mt:13.31-33 Mk:4.30-32 Lk:13.18-21  
Exclusion from the kingdom Mt:7.13-14 ; Mt:25.10-12 ; Mt:7.22-23   Lk:13.22-30  
The departure from Galilee     Lk:13.31-33  
The lament over Jerusalem Mt:22.37-39   Lk:13.34-35  
The healing of a man with dropsy     Lk:14.1-6  
Teaching on humility     Lk:14.7-14  
The parable of the great supper ("many are called, but few are chosen") Mt:22.1-14   Lk:14.15-24  
The cost of discipleship Mt:10.26-33, 37-39   Lk:14.25-35  
The lost sheep and the lost coin Mt:18.12-14   Lk:15.1-10  
The prodigal son     Lk:15.11-32  
The unjust steward Mt:6.24   Lk:16.1-13  
The hypocrisy of the Pharisees     Lk:16.14-15  
About the law and about divorce Mt:5.17-20, 31-32 ; Mt:11.12-13   Lk:16.16-18  
The rich man and Lazarus     Lk:16.19-31  
On causing sin Mt:18.6-9 Mk:9.42-48 Lk:17.1-2  
On forgiveness Mt:18.15, 21-22   Lk:17.3-4  
On faith Mt:17.20   Lk:17.5-6  
The servant's wages     Lk:17.7-10  
The healing of ten lepers     Lk:17.11-19  
On the kingdom of God Mt:24.23-25 Mk:13.21-23 Lk:17.20-21  
The day of the Son of man Mt:24.26-28, 37-41   Lk:17.22-37  
The parable of the unjust judge     Lk:18.1-8  
The parable of the Pharisee and the publican     Lk:18.9-14  


7. The Journey to Jerusalem

SUBJECT Matthew Mark Luke John
Marriage and divorce Mt:19.1-12 Mk:10.1-12    
Jesus blesses the children Mt:19.13-15 Mk:10.1316 Lk:18.15-17 Jn:3.3, 5
The rich young man Mt:19.16-30 Mk:10.17-31 Lk:18.18-30  
The parable of the laborers in the vineyard Mt:20.1-10      
The third prediction of the Passion Mt:20.17-19 Mk:10.32-34 Lk:18.31-34  
Jesus and the sons of Zebedee Mt:20.20-28 Mk:10.35-45 Lk:22.24-27  
The healing of Bartimeus Mt:20.29-34 Mk:10.46-52 Lk:18.35-43  
Zacchaeus     Lk:19.1-10  
The parable of the pounds Mt:25.14-30   Lk:19.11-27  


8. The Last Week in Jerusalem

SUBJECT Matthew Mark Luke John
The entry into Jerusalem, prediction of the destruction of Jerusalem; Jesus in the temple Mt:21.1-17 Mk:11.1-11 Lk:19.28-46 Jn:12.21-50 ; Jn:2.13-15
Jesus keeps the feast of Dedication at Jerusalem       Jn:10.22-39
Jesus goes to Bethany; raises Lazarus from the dead       Jn:10.40-11.44
A meeting of the chief priests and Pharisees       Jn:11.45-53
Jesus at Ephraim; the coming of the Passover       Jn:11.54-57
The cursing of the fig tree Mt:21.18-19 Mk:11.12-14    
The cleansing of the temple Mt:21.12-13 Mk:11.15-19 Lk:19.45-48 Jn:2.13-17
The meaning of the withered fig tree Mt:21.20-22 Mk:11.20-26   Jn:14.13-14
The question about authority Mt:21.23-27 Mk:11.27-33 Lk:20.1-8 Jn:2.18
The parable of the two sons Mt:21.28-32      
The parable of the wicked tenants Mt:21.33-46 Mk:12.1-12 Lk:20.9-19  
The parable of the marriage feast (great supper) Mt:22.1-14   Lk:14.16-24  
Question concerning tribute to Caesar Mt:22.15-22 Mk:12.13-17 Lk:20 20-26 Jn:3.2
Question concerning the resurrection Mt:22.23-33 Mk:12.18-27 Lk:20.27-40  
The great commandment Mt:22.34-40 Mk:12.28-34 Lk:10.25-28  
About David's son Mt:22.41-46 Mk:12.35-37 Lk:20.41-44  
Woes against the Pharisees Mt:2.31-36 Mk:12.37-40 Lk:20.45-47 ; Lk:11.37-52  
The lament over Jerusalem Mt:23.37-39   Lk:13.34-35  
The widow's gift   Mk:12.41-44 Lk:21.1-4  
Prediction of the destruction of the temple Mt:24.1-3 Mk:13.1-4 Lk:21.5-7  
The signs of the parousia Mt:24.4-8 Mk:13.5-8 Lk:21.8-11  
The beginning of the troubles Mt:24.9-14 Mk:13.9-13 Lk:21.12-19 Jn:14.26 ; Jn:15.21 ; Jn:16.2
The desolation sacrilege Mt:24.15-22 Mk:13.14-20 Lk:21.20-24  
The culmination of the troubles Mt:24.23-25 Mk:13.21-23 Lk:17.20-23  
The day of the Son of man Mt:24.26-28   Lk:17.23-24, 37  
The parousia of the Son of man Mt:24.29-31 Mk:13.24-27 Lk:21.25-28  
The parable of the fig tree Mt:24.32-33 Mk:13.28-29 Lk:21.29-31  
The time of the parousia Mt:24.34-36 Mk:13.30-32 Lk:21.32-33  
Mark's ending to the discourse   Mk:13.33-37    
Luke's ending to the discourse     Lk:21.34-36  
The need for watchfulness Mt:24.37-41   Lk:17.26-27, 34-35  
Watchfulness and faithfulness Mt:24.42-51   Lk:12.39-46  
The parable of the ten maidens Mt:25.1-13      
The parable of the talents Mt:25.14-30   Lk:19.12-27  
The last judgment Mt:25.31-46     Jn:5.28-29
A summary of the days spent in Jerusalem     Lk:21.37-38  


9. The Passion Narrative

SUBJECT Matthew Mark Luke John
The conspiracy against Jesus Mt:26.1-5 Mk:14.1-2 Lk:22.1-2 Jn:11.47-53
The anointing at Bethany Mt:26.6-13 Mk:14.3-9 Lk:7.36-50 Jn:12.1-11
The betrayal by Judas Mt:26.14-16 Mk:14.10-11 Lk:22.3-6 Jn:18.2-5
Preparation for the Passover Mt:26.17-19 Mk:14.12-16 Lk:22.7-13  
Jesus washes the feet of his disciples       Jn:13.1-20
The traitor Mt:26.20-25 Mk:14.17-21 Lk:22.14, 21-23 Jn:13.21-30
The institution of the Lord's Supper Mt:26.26-29 Mk:14.22-25 Lk:22.15-20  
Last words: the betrayal foretold; greatness in the kingdom of God; Peter's denial prophesied; the two swords Mt:19.28 ; Mt:20.25-28 Mk:10.42-45 Lk:22.21-38 Jn:13.4-5, 12-14, 36-38
Jesus' farewell discourse; His intercessory prayer       Jn:13.31-17.26
The way to Gethsemane; Peter's denial prophesied Mt:26.30-35 Mk:14.26-31 Lk:22.39 ; Lk:22.31-34 Jn:18.1 ; Jn:13.36-38 ; Jn:16.32
Jesus in Gethsemane Mt:26.36-46 Mk:14.32-42 Lk:22.40-46 Jn:18.1 ; Jn:12.27 ; Jn:14.3 ; Jn:18.11
Jesus taken captive Mt:26.47-56 Mk:14.43-52 Lk:22.47-53 Jn:18.2-12, 20
Jesus before the Sanhedrin and others; Peter's denial Mt:26.57-75 Mk:14.53-72 Lk:22.54-71 Jn:18.13-27
Jesus delivered to Pilate Mt:27.1-2 Mk:15.1 Lk:23.1 Jn:18.28-32
The death of Judas Mt:27.3-10      
The trial before Pilate Mt:27.11-14 Mk:15.2-5 Lk:23.2-5 Jn:19.6,9-10 ; Jn:18.33-37;
Jesus before Herod     Lk:23.6-16  
The sentence of death Mt:27.15-26 Mk:15.6-15 Lk:23.17-25 Jn:18.38-40 ; Jn:19.4-16
The mocking by the soldiers Mt:27.27-31 Mk:15.16-20   Jn:19.1-3
The road to Golgotha, the Crucifixion Mt:27.32-44 Mk:15.21-32 Lk:23.26-43 Jn:19.17-24
The death on the cross, the burial of Jesus Mt:27.45-61 Mk:15.33-47 Lk:23.44-56 Jn:19.25-42
The guard at the tomb Mt:27.62-66      


10. The Resurrection

SUBJECT Matthew Mark Luke John
The empty tomb Mt:28.1-10 Mk:16.1-11 Lk:24.1-12 Jn:20.1-18
The bribing of the Roman soldiers Mt:28.11-15      
Jesus appears to the two men on the road to Emmaus   Mk:16.12-13 Lk:24.13-35  
Jesus appears in Jerusalem     Lk:24.36-49  
Jesus appears to the disciples twice       Jn:20.19-29
Jesus appears at the sea of Tiberias       Jn:21.1-24
Jesus' appearance on the mountain in Galilee Mt:28.16-20 Mk:16.14-16    
Signs to accompany believers   Mk:16.17-18    
The Ascension   Mk:16.19 Lk:24.50-53  
The disciples go out into the world to preach   Mk:16.20    
John's conclusion to the gospel       Jn:20.30-31 ; Jn:21.25
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