The synoptic gospels are Matthew, Mark and Luke. Synoptic as in synonym, these three books are similar in substance, chronology and language. The gospel of Matthew was chosen to be the first, not because it was written first but because it created a convenient transition between the Old and New Testaments, told the nativity story and had a genealogy of Jesus listed at the beginning. Matthew wrote approximately in the year 70, almost 40 years after Jesus had died. Mark wrote his gospel in the year 6o so it was the first gospel written. John, who wrote about two decades after the last synoptic gospel in the year 115.
Mark’s gospel starts with the story of John the Baptist. He has no reference, whatsoever, in the whole text of his narrative to the virgin birth. Matthew and Luke both have the nativity story in their gospels. Some scholars claim that earlier versions of both of these gospels have no references of the virgin birth nor the genealogies as both began as Mark’s did with John the Baptist.
With pagans joining the ranks of Christians in this new religion bringing their old beliefs, it was thought necessary to create a new concept of Jesus to compete with pagan gods being born in supernatural virgin births. It was more desirable to have Jesus be as divine and powerful for the new pagan converts. The gospel of Mark was already popular and was not to be changed. The original gospel, the book of Mark is dissimilar in another very important account; the story of the resurrection. Mark’s gospel originally ended with 16:8“Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.” This was the end of the gospel as recorded in the Codex Vatacanus and Codex Sinaiticus.
Many bibles added verses 16:9-20 with a notation: “ The most reliable early manuscripts and other ancient witnesses do not have Mark 16:9-20.“ It is not a hotly debated issue that the last part of Mark was written by a different hand. The transition is abrupt and uncoordinated. Ithas stylish forms of writing that suggest
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