Heidegger's Bible Handbook: Harmony of the Gospels: Detailed Outline

12. Six Parts of the harmony are enumerated. I. The History preceding the public ministry of Christ. II. The beginning of His ministry from His Baptism unto the first Passover. III. History of the first Passover, or of the first year after the initial half. IV. History of the second Passover. V. History of the third Passover. VI. History of the fourth Passover, or the one pertaining to His death. Interpreters of the Harmony of the Gospels, and a Synoptic Table of it.


On the whole, six parts of the Gospel Harmony are able to be established. For, first, the history preceding the public ministry of Christ: Second, the commencement of His ministry from His Baptism to the first Passover: Third, the history of the first Passover: Forth, the history of the second Passover: Fifth, the history of the third Passover: finally, Sixth, the history of the fourth and final Passover: come to be woven together:



I. The history preceding the public ministry of Christ. In which is:

1. A general description of the person and office of Christ: John 1:1-14.

2. The conception of John and of Christ, and also the visitation of Elisabeth: Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:5-56.

3. The nativity of John, and the song of his father on account of it: Luke 1:57-80.

4. The nativity of Jesus Christ, and also of His circumcision and presentation: Luke 2:1-38; Matthew 1:25; John 1:14.

5. The genealogy of Christ, as the King of Israel, and as the son of Adam: Matthew 1:1-18; Luke 3:23-38.

6. The coming of the Magi; Christ’s flight into Egypt and return: Matthew 2.

7. Christ’s education and progress in wisdom, openly demonstrated in the Temple in His twelfth year: Luke 2:39-52.



II. The commencement of Christ’s ministry, from His baptism to the first passover, in the interval of about six months. In which is:

1. The ministry of John, calling to repentance and baptizing: Matthew 3:1-12; Mark 1:1-8; Luke 3:1-18.

2. Christ’s baptism: Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21, 22.

3. Preparation for ministry through temptation in the wilderness: Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 1:12, 13; Luke 4:1-13.

4. John’s testimony concerning Christ: Matthew 3:11; Mark 1:7; Luke 3:16; John 1:15-37.

5. The commencement of the preaching of Christ in Galilee: Matthew 4:17; Mark 1:14, 15; Luke 4:15, etc.

6. The calling of His disciples: Matthew 4:18-22; Mark 1:16-22; Luke 5:1-11; John 1:37-51.

7. His first miracle, wrought at a wedding in Cana of Galilee: John 2:1-12.