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Bible Gem 1222 - Comparing the Gospel Accounts on the Betrayal and Arrest (Luke 22:47-53)

August 8, 2019


Common Material shared between the gospel accounts 

Uniquely Matthew

Uniquely Mark

Uniquely Luke

Uniquely John


I am sure that many of you knew what to do immediately. You have followed Bible Gems long enough to know to look at the accounts in the other gospels in order to compare them. I am just as sure that many of you have already begun (or completed) the colour coding to help with the comparisons made between the gospel accounts. There will be others who have not thought to do this or have found the verses from a harmony or have made up their own but have not had time to colour them. For your sake I will hold off sending out my colour coding until the next gem to give you time to do that. Remember this time around we are primarily concerned with what Luke has got to say about this. We are gemming Luke's Gospel and not the others as well. But of course as we usually do, we will make use of the other accounts to shed light on Luke's unique elements, additions or omissions.   


For those of you who are new to Bible Gems, I use E-Sword as the source for the harmony of the Gospels. It can be downloaded at To start the Harmony tool for yourself, first click your cursor in the body of the text in Luke you are wanting to find the harmony for. I simply clicked somewhere in verse 22:47. Once I had done that, I went to the Tool Bar at the top of my E-Sword screen and selected <Bible> and then <Harmony>.  The comparative columns above appeared and I cut them and pasted them into the document I wanted to work on. Simple as that. 


You need to pay attention to the differences between the other gospel accounts and Luke's to take note of Luke's changes. You also need to take into account the way in which this passage fits into the overall picture of what is being said, not only in this pericope, but in the wider passage, before and after it.  See what you can find. Have fun while you do it.  Time to become a super sleuth, a CSU.



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