Harmony of the Gospels (Augustine)

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The Harmony of the Gospels (Latin: De consensu evangeliorum) is a book by the 5th-century saint, Augustine of Hippo.[1]

In the book (which has four separate parts) Augustine assumes that Matthew was the first Gospel, followed by Mark and Luke and that John was the last. He then analyzes and relates the specific passages between the Gospels, to build a Gospel harmony.

In the book Augustine views the variations in the gospel accounts in terms of the different focuses of the authors on Jesus: Matthew on royalty, Mark on humanity, Luke on priesthood and John on divinity.[2]

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  1. ^ Augustine through the ages: an encyclopedia by John C. Cavadini, 1999, ISBN 0-8028-3843-X, p. 132
  2. ^ Christology, Controversy and Community by David G. Horell and Christopher M. Tuckett, 2000, ISBN 9004116796, pp. 37–40

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