7-1 Who Were the Evangelists?


The New Testament begins with its four incomparable Gospels. These books comprise the four corners of the sacred written record of the mortal ministry of Jesus Christ. Each Gospel presents an amazingly beautiful and spiritually compelling account of the life and death, words and deeds, suffering and triumph of the Savior.

The charts in this section are designed to help readers understand the contents and purposes of these Gospels: how they differ from each other, and how they are the same; where they overlap, and where they are unique.

A first key of understanding often comes by recognizing the personality of the writer. Chart 7-1 gives information about the four Gospel writers. Among the interesting details about their educational, social, and economic backgrounds, it appears that before their conversions, Matthew and John were Jewish, Luke was Greek, and Mark (the Latin name Marcus) may have been Roman. Thus, these writers personally represent the three main cultures in the world of the New Testament.


Neal E. Lambert and Richard H. Cracroft, “The Powerful Voices of the Gospels,” New Era, January 1973, 36-43.
Kent P. Jackson and Robert L. Millet, eds., The Gospels (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1986).