The Four Gospels in a Single Narrative Format
Although written by different individuals and for different audiences, each of the four gospels represents a priceless sketch of the Savior’s life and teachings. None is complete, each is unique, and collectively they represent our best opportunity to understand the Lord’s mortal ministry when viewed as parts of a whole. The challenge, however, lies in the fact that the Gospels are most often presented individually, and seldom as elements of a unified life. The synoptic gospels, while similar in composition, parallel and overlap one another to the point that it is often difficult to distinguish between single events recorded from different perspectives and distinct events that resemble one other. No single account presents the richness of information, doctrine and detail that can be obtained by viewing all accounts together. Only by careful comparison is it possible to create a holistic picture, which is why people have been creating gospel harmonies for centuries. Most harmonies focus primarily on identifying differences between the gospels and leave much of the burden of synthesizing a holistic life story and formulating a timeline to the reader. It was the desire for a resource that did not require reading between the lines that inspired me to create this book and its companion volume. While there are many parallel column harmonies of the gospels available, this one is unique in that it is formatted to allow the reader to follow a single narrative story-line. By reading the text from left to right across the columns, skipping the highlighted material, a richer narrative emerges. All pertinent details from each of the four gospel accounts are included by taking this approach. The addition of essential Joseph Smith Translation changes that alter meaning within each of the gospels reveals even more detail as well as prophetic insight. I have also included in the appendices what I believe to be a natural outgrowth of the initial effort. You will find a scriptural chronology, outlining the events of the Savior’s life in a way that shows the scriptural rationale for this harmony, using Mark as the backbone of the construct. There is also a visual chronology that places the events of the Savior’s life in the context of space and time, providing, location, events, season, temperature, relationships to Jewish holidays and celebrations etc. A third resource is a detailed chronology of the final weeks of the Savior’s ministry. All of this, it is hoped, will help the reader draw closer to the Savior by coming to a greater understanding of His life and ministry. While I have done my best to compile information as accurately as possible, I acknowledge that these are all hypothetical reconstructions. This book is neither definitive nor authoritative. It has been compiled with the best information I was aware of at the time and is subject to revision. It is my hope that this work will be of benefit to you. John B. Weaver 9/2/15
Praise for Behold the Lamb of God
Endorsed By: Julie B. Beck, Fifteenth Relief Society General President John Bytheway, Author / Popular Speaker / University Instructor Orson Scott Card, Award Winning Author, Critic, Public Speaker, Essayist and Columnist Thomas R. Valletta PhD, general editor for “The Book of Mormon, New Testament, Old Testament, Church History and Great American Documents for Latter-Day Saint Families. John A. Peterson PhD, Institutes of Religion Instructor
About the Author
John B. Weaver is currently a seminary instructor at the Olympus Seminary in Holladay, Utah. He has worked for Seminaries and Institutes of Religion for more than 20 years. His assignments have included: principal of a seminary for severely and profoundly disabled students for three years; ten years overseeing disabilities and incarceration issues for Seminaries and Institutes worldwide; and, teaching in the traditional classroom in both Junior High and High School settings. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations after having served for two years in the Haiti, Port-au-Prince mission. John has also been very involved in his community, filling two four year terms on the city council as well as serving as the bishop of his local ward for several years. His greatest joy is being with his wife Ann and their four children.