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THIS little work has been compiled to enable Teachers to place before their pupils a continuous Gospel narrative of the Life of our Lord as contained in the Gospels.
Schools in the Norwich Diocese (and indeed all schools taking the Syllabus of the National Society) are expected to read the Life of our Lord as contained in the Gospels of St. Matthew, St. Mark, St. Luke, and St. John. Obviously this occasions much trouble and loss of time in comparing the accounts given in the several Gospels, and. generally results in the Teacher giving an oral lesson in preference to requiring the children to read the text of the Gospels. The Editor has endeavoured to obviate this by drawing up a continuous narrative.
Pupils will thus have greater facilities for reading the text of the Gospels.
The plan of the work is simple. The narrative is continuous. Where two or more Evangelists record the same event, the most minute account has been selected, and additional details found in other Gospels have been added as foot notes.
In addition some explanatory notes have been appended. The Editor regrets that these are not fuller, but the first necessity was to keep the work within the scope of a limited number of pages. For further notes the Editor would refer Teachers to his Editions of the Gospels issued by Messrs. George Gill and Sons, Ld., 13, Warwick Lane, London. He would also express his obligation to that firm for permission to insert a Map of Palestine in this work.
The chief objects have been, first, to compile a work which may meet what must have been a great want on the part of both teachers and scholars, and secondly, to issue it at a merely nominal price. This latter object has been attained through the generosity of the North of England School Furnishing Co. (Norwich Diocesan Depôt), in accordance with the Syllabus of the Norwich Diocesan Board of Education, who are prepared to supplement the work by the issue of similar books annually as they may be needed.
The Editor would be glad to receive any suggestions from Teachers as to type, arrangement, and price for future works.
THE OBJECTS OF THE SEVERAL GOSPELS
St. Matthew wrote for the Jews, to prove that Jesus was the Messiah, the son of Abraham and of David, the King of Israel.
St. Mark wrote for the Gentile World (particularly Roman), to show Jesus as the Son of God, the Lord of the World.
St. Luke wrote for the Gentile World (particularly for the Hellenic World), to show Jesus as "the Saviour of sinners."
St. John wrote to show Jesus as the Light and Life of the world.
Mottoes: St. Matthew-"I am not come to destroy but to fulfil."
St. Mark-"Preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom of God."
St. John-" The Bread of Life." "The Light of the world."
SYNOPSIS OF THE LIFE OF CHRIST.
PART I.-Annunciation-Birth-Early Life (B.C. 4—A.D. 27).
There is no record of events between this visit to the Temple and
PART II.-The First Ministry-mainly in Judæa (About nine months. From Baptism in the latter part of A.D. 27, to the Feast of Purim, March, A.D. 29).
The Preaching of John the Baptist
Baptism of Jesus
St. Matt. xiii. 1-12; St. Mark i. 18; St. Luke iii. 1-20.
The Witness of the Baptist. Jesus the Lamb of God
Final Testimony of the Baptist..
Return to Galilee. The Woman of Samaria
The Nobleman's Son Healed at Cana..
Visit to Jerusalem. Healing of the Paralytic at Bethesda
St. Luke iii. 21-22.
St. John i. 15-51.
St. John ii. 1-12.
St. John iii. 1-21.
St. John iv. 43 54
St. John v. 1-18.
(1) Jesus was baptised in Jordan, and then tempted. (2) He returned to Galilee by the Jordan route, calling Andrew, Peter, Philip and Nathanael. On the third day He arrived at Cana, where H attended the Marriage Feast.
(3) He went up to Jerusalem for the Passover, and cleansed the Temple. He remained in Jerusalem till the end of the year, and during His stay had a conversation with Nicodemus.
(4) He returned to Galilee, passing through Samaria.-The Woman of Samaria. (5) John the Baptist is imprisoned, so Jesus began to preach in Galilee, and healed the Nobleman's son.
(6) He returned to Jerusalem for the Feast of Purim, and cured the paralytic at the pool of Bethesda.
PART III.—Ministry in Eastern Galilee (Four to five weeks: Purim, March, A.D. 29—Passover, April, A.D. 29). This Ministry lasted four to five weeks, and is best classified by Sabbaths. FIRST SABBATH
Preaching at Nazareth. Jesus is expelled
Events of the Week:
Preaching at Capernaum
St. Luke iv. 14-30.
St. Matt. iv. 13-17; St. Mark i. 14-15.
Call of Peter, Andrew, James, and John St. Mark i. 16-20; St. Matt. iv. 18-22
The Demoniac Healed in the Synagogue at Capernaum
St. Mark i. 21-28; St. Luke iv. 31-37.
Call of Peter's Wife's Mother (Capernaum). Effect of Christ's Teaching
Events of the Week:
First Draught of Fishes
St. Luke v. 1-11.
St. Mark i. 40-45; St. Luke v. 12-16; St. Matt. viii. 1-4.
The Disciples Pluck the Corn St. Matt. xii.1-8; St. Mark ii.23-28; St. Luke vi.1-5. FOURTH SABBATH
St. Matt. xii. 46-50; St. Mark iii. 31-35; St. Luke viii. 19-21.
Preaching at Nazareth. Rejection.. St. Mark vi. 1-6; St. Matt. xiii. 53-58.
St. Matt. ix. 35-x. 42; St. Mark vi. 6-13; St. Luke ix. 1-6.
St. John vi. 5-14; St. Matt. xiv. 17-21; St. Mark vi. 37-44; St. Luke ix. 12-17.
PART IV.-Ministry in Northern Galilee (about six months).
Two great journeys—(1) From Capernaum to Tyre and Sidon, returning to Decapolis.
Tyre and Sidon.
(2) To Cæsarea Philippi, returning to Capernaum.
Discourse on the Bread of Life
St. John vi. 22-71.
Dispute with Pharisees on Eating with Unwashen Hands
St. Mark vii. 31-37.
St. Matt. xvi. 1-12;
Bethsaida Julias. Healing of a Blind Man..
St. Mark vii. 11-21.
St. Matt. xvi. 13-28; St. Mark viii. 27-ix. 1; St. Luke ix. 18-27.
PART V.-Later Ministry (about six months).
Parable of the Labourers in the Vineyard
The Passion Foretold
Request of James and John
Healing the Blind Men at Jericho
Parable of the Pounds
The Feast at Bethany
St. Matt. xx. 1-16.
St. Mark x. 32-45; St. Matt. xx. 17-28.
St. Mark x. 46-52; St. Luke xviii. 35-43; St. Matt. xx. 29-34.
The Passover. Conspiracy to kill Jesus and Lazarus
St. Luke xix. 1-10.
St. Luke xix. 11-28. St. John xi. 55-xii. 11.
PART VI.—The Last Week. Crucifixion. Resurrection. Ascension.
The Triumphal Entry
St. Matt. xx1. 1-11; St. Mark xi. 1-11; St. Luke xix. 29-44; St. John xii. 12-19. Cursing of the Barren Fig Tree
St. Mark xi. 12-25; St. Matt. xxi. 12-22.
St. Matt. xxi. 23-32; St. Mark xi. 27-32.
Parable of the Marriage Feast
The Sadducees question Jesus on the Resurrection
St. Matt. xxi. 28-32.
St. Matt. xxi. 33-46; St. Mark xii. 1-12; St. Luke xx. 9-19. St. Matt. xxii. 1-14. St. Matt. xxii. 15-22; St. Mark xii. 13-17; St. Luke xx. 20-26. St. Luke xx. 27-40; St. Mark xii. 18-27; St. Matt. xxii. 23-53. The Scribe questions Jesus "Which is the First Commandment ?" St. Mark xii. 28-34; St. Matt. xxii. 34-40. The Counter question by Jesus, "How is Christ the Son of David?" St. Matt. xxii. 41-46; St. Mark xii. 35-37; St. Luke xx. 41-44. Denunciation of the Scribes and Pharisees St Matt. xxiii. 1-39; St. Matt. xxiv. 1-14; St. Matt, xxiv. 15-22; St. Mark xiii. 14-20; St. Luke xxi, 20-24.
The Widow's Mite
The Second Advent of Christ
St. Mark xii. 38-40; St. Luke xx. 45-47.
St. Matt. xxiv. 23-35; St. Mark xiv. 21-31; St. Luke xxi. 25-33. Watchfulness Enjoined St. Matt. xxiv. 36-51; St. Mark xiv. 32-37; St. Luke xxi. 34-36. Parable of the Ten Virgins
Parable of the Talents
The Last Judgment. The Sheep and the Goats
The Greeks ask for Christ
A Voice from Heaven
Unbelief of the Jews. True Faith
St. Matt. xxv. 1-13.
St. Matt. xxv. 31-46
St. John xii. 20-22.
St. John xii. 23-36.
St. John xii. 37-50.
Conspiracy to seize Jesus.. St. Matt. xxvi. 1-5; St. Mark xiv. 1-2; St. Luke xxii. 1-2. Preparation for the Passover
St. Mark xiv. 12-16; St. Matt. xxvi. 17-19; St. Luke xxii. 7-13.
St. Matt. xxvi. 26-29; St. Mark xiv. 22-25; St. Luke xxii. 19-20.