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                          SEQui-Verse Introduction I

 
The problem of sequencing the Gospel is overwhelming. Most of us probably thought that each of the gospel accounts was in sequence and that all we had to do is insert the other gospel accounts between the missing verses and overlap concurrent topics to obtain a correct sequence. This assumes that all verses in each of the 4 gospels are in time sequence. Researchers have discovered that this is not the case. Literature review indicates that there is no exact agreement on the gospel order of topics and some authors suggest that it may never be sequenced exactly. However, if all topic verses are grouped and sequenced together, it may be easier to approach this goal. John and Matthew were eyewitnesses to Jesus' ministry, but it is believed that John wrote his gospel later. Others believe that Mark took his information from Peter. All this presents us with the so-called Synoptic Gospel Problem. There is debate over who wrote the first gospel and who adjusted his account to match the original, or whether all four gospels were written independently. Others suggest that the Gospel of John was written by several writers due to the different Greek writing styles and various repetitions. Pro-Scrip Products, Inc., realizes that John is the disciple whom Jesus loved and that John's revelation of the relationship of Jesus to God, his Father, is unique. John also wrote 3 excellent epistles and the Book of Revelation, which Jesus commanded him to write. This would indicate that John had seen and written the accounts himself. What the translators did is another story. Scholars who have tried to sequence the gospel events have had good harmony in describing the early and late periods of the Gospel. However, during the middle of Jesus' ministry, many events happened in succession and much preaching caused some differences between the gospel writers on the order of events. Luke, in Chapter 1 Verse 3 states that he wants to set things in order and he is probably the most successful; however, even some of his events are out of order when compared to verses written within the other three gospel accounts. Scholars believe that the Gospel by John is the most accurately sequenced, but some of his accounts are lengthy while others are missing. This would leave a choice of Matthew and Luke to choose from, with Mark filling up the gaps. These are good reasons why all the gospel accounts should be grouped together; no single gospel version is complete on every topic. Each gospel writer adds more detail during his recording of an event. In this publication, when one of the four gospel writers has more verses on one topic than the others, the accounts with a smaller number of verses are usually merged into the larger account. If the verses can not be taken from any of the books without destroying the sequence of topics, these similar verses are left in their respective gospels but duplicated and placed within the larger topic account. It is possible that Jesus repeated some of his quotations or else they were part of two different topics as discerned by the four gospel writers. A total of 73 such verses are duplicated. These verses are indicated by the word "dup" immediately following the verse. This provides added emphasis for certain topics without diverting it's context.