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Knowing the New Testament


Harmony of Synoptics

        The last week of September 1978, KRLD radio station in Dallas, Texas, one of the most respected and popular stations in the city, reported that Jim Gilliam, the Los Angeles Dodger player and coach, had died of a cerebral hemorrhage. One hour later, KRLD again reported his death, but stated the cause of death was a heart attack, seemingly contradicting the previous account. The next hour, the report gave the complete account, for Jim Gilliam had died of a heart attack as a result of a severe cerebral hemorrhage. Both accounts were true, but it took the third account to put the whole picture together.

        There is a lesson here for those who would point out that apparent inconsistencies in the various Gospel accounts’ chronology and details cast doubt on the inerrancy of the whole. One the contrary, we need the narration and perspective of all the Gospel writers to put the whole picture together. ── Michael P. GreenIllustrations for Biblical Preaching