The gospel gaps
First the gaps between the beginnings of each gospel will be examined. Beginning with Mark, the additional material from Matthew, then Luke, then John will be examined to see the tools they used as they studied the scriptures. Their hermeneutic will become evident from the Old Testament text using the tools that we mentioned previously.
- NT authors saw history as prophecy
- NT authors point to OT patterns
- NT authors play with riddles
- NT authors read meaning from Hebrew letters
Mark began his gospel with the preaching of John the Baptist and relates it to the prophecy of Isaiah.  And his costume and behavior was intended to elicit thoughts of Elijah.  The tools Mark used will be identified.
Matthew begins with a reference to Abraham.  Between Abraham and Isaiah and Elijah, there is a lot of history. The mystery in the history that Mark missed will be examined, as well as the tools which make them known.
Luke begins his story with Adam, even though his gospel has some introductory remarks. The material he includes between Adam and Abraham will be examined for the mystery and the tools which reveal it.
John starts his gospel off using Ge 1:1. The material included from creation to Adam will be examined to demonstrate his mastery of the mystery. John introduces many doctrinal novelties when compared to previous authors: The Logos, Light, Bread, Door, etc. He had access to tools that the previous authors did not. But he had many more years, and many of those in isolation, to study the mystery in depth.
Next: Mark's beginning
- Isa 40:3 ¶ The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Isa 40:4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:
- Mr 1:6 And John was clothed with camel’s hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey;
- Mt 1:1 ¶ The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.