.

   “Synoptic” basically means, esp. in the Biblical sense, reports of information about the same event presented by different writers; in the case of the New Testament, there are 4 accounts of the life of Jesus recorded by 4 (presumably) different people, with help from their friends, and accounts from others, observing the same event–Jesus’ arrival on, walk on, and departure from Earth.

.

   Why 4 and not just 1? (First a small clarification: Some say that the first 3 [Matthew, Mark, and Luke] only are synoptic, or similar, and should be contrasted with the 4th one [John] one-half which describes the last week of Jesus on Earth.) We’re going to ignore that since there is commonality among all 4.

.

   Our first comments: (1) No story or account tells everything. (2) Four different pairs of eyes here are viewing, or thinking about, what took place¹. This can, and does, create interest in who saw what. Just as receivers of the Gospel are different, so were the presenters of it.

.

   Hence a devotional moment focused on 1 person:

Malchus.

.

For more use theDOOR.

read more