Definitions for "Synoptic gospels"
Keywords:  luke, matthew, gospels, synopsis, jesus
Matthew, Mark and Luke. The synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) are so similar in form and content that it is convenient to view them together. The three are often printed in parallel columns; such a book is called a synopsis. With the aid of a synopsis, the synoptic gospels can be studied synoptically, that is, studied by comparing the similarities and differences between them. The gospel of John is so unlike the synoptic gospels that there is limited value in trying to view it "synoptically" with the other three gospels.
Matthew, Mark and Luke, so called because due to their similarities they can be placed side-by-side and compared in detail.
Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke.