In your own words, describe the key distinctives of the gospels of Mark and Matthew. Why are these distinctives important?

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      David Huffman
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      Mark seems to be written to a more Roman audience, and works to establish the humanity and divinity of Christ. Matthew on the other hand works to establish Jesus as the Messiah primarily because he is very much writing to a more Jewish audience. That’s why, although not written first, Matthew is the first gospel because it seeks to be the connective tissue between the Old and New Testament because that is the way one would connect to a Jewish audience.

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      Laura
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      Mark portrays Jesus as the suffering servant while Matthew presents him as a King worthy to be worshiped. If Mark’s audience were Christians suffering persecutions or difficulties because of their faith it would be encouraging to know that Jesus also suffered along with how he handled it. For Matthew, who was speaking to Christians who had been rejected – passionately – by Jewish non-Christians, then then would be encouraged knowing the truth of their Messiah.

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      Tammy
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      The key distinctives of the gospels of Mark and Matthew are how they portray who Jesus is and the audience they were writing to. Matthew was writing primarily to the Jews and portrayed Jesus as a King. This was important because they were looking for their Messiah to be a King and Matthew showed how Jesus fit this description and so much more. Mark was writing to the new Christians in Rome and showed Jesus as a servant as well as a patient teacher to the disciples. This was important because they (and we) may have felt ill-equipped to follow Jesus. Mark provided Jesus’ parable explanations for his disciples and gave encouragement to believers that they don’t have to be perfect.

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      Stuart Judge
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      Matthew is the Gospel of the King and is written to describe Jesus as the messiah, with decendency and a life that reflects and addresses the expectations established in the Old Testament. Mark presents Jesus as the humble servant. Each of these books writes to address these aspects of the life of Jesus to paint a complete picture of Christ, along with Luke and John.

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