The Gospel Scroll
For over 1900 years, many students of the four written Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) have attempted to chronologically harmonize them into a single chronological Gospel, commonly called the "Harmonized Gospel". I am one of these students. The "Gospel Scroll" is a compiling of all the information that I learned and discovered on my journey in finding "the Harmonized Gospel".
Some who have studied the chronological order of the Gospels, have come to the conclusion that a "perfect" chronological harmonized Gospel is an impossible feat. I personally disagree.
which contains a synopsis of all four Gospels in a complete scroll in a PDF format, also an interactive harmonized Gospel study tool (). There also is a study I have compiled focused specifically on the chronological
which includes a complete scroll containing a synopsis of all four Gospels in a systematical chronological perspective. which is based off of Luke's chronological order, as the cornerstone of the chronology of the Harmonized Gospel.
focused on th ministry of Jesus Christ. Which contains all the scriptures concerning His earthly ministry, beginning at the baptism of water by John the Baptist, and ending at the baptism of fire by Jesus Christ.
Its important to understand that the time period between these two baptisms; is the record of two over arching events taking place. The first event is the "Making straight the way for the LORD" and the second event is the "Acceptable Year of the LORD". These two events were prophesied by the prophet Isiah to come, and the four Gospels as a whole are the written record of these two prophesies being fulfilled Below is a timeline break down of the four Gospel, to show exactly where and how these two events are recorded.
Making Straight the Way for the LORD
Acceptable Year of the LORD
The first step in getting an accurate chronological synopsis of the Gospel is to separate Luke's Gospel into individual recorded events without disrupting the chronology. Now what determines how many individual events Luke's Gospel contains is determined by how the chronologist separates these events. There are many ways to do this step. It could be done according to; individual day or night cycles, changes in locations, teachings concerning individual precepts etc... So far in "the Gospel Scroll" synopsis, Luke contains --- individual events.
The support of a one-year ministry of Jesus was widely known among the early church fathers. Clement of Alexandria (Stromata I 21:146) reported the disciples of Basileides placed the baptism of Jesus in the fifteenth year of Tiberius and the Crucifixion in the sixteenth. Irenaeus (Adv. Haer. I 3:3) said the Valentinians preached a ministry of one year, and this was based on Jesus' reading from Isaiah at the synagogue in Nazareth and proclaiming "the favorable year of the Lord." Clement (Stromata I 21:145) affirmed "that He was to preach for a year only is laid down in the Scriptures in the words, `to preach the acceptable year of the Lord He sent Me.'" Origen (De Principiis IV 1:5) originally followed Clement's position. The list goes on to include Tertullian, Lactantius, Filastrius, Gaudentius, Evagrius, Orosius and Ephraem.1
“Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word; It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.”
Luke 1:1–4 KJV