History Literature / TheFourGospels

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%%* StarOfBethlehem: Matthew provides the UrExample.

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%%* * StarOfBethlehem: Matthew provides the UrExample.UrExample. The Wise Men were following the Star from the East in order to find the prophesied Messiah until it rested over the house where Joseph and Mary were staying with the child Jesus, who at that time was probably two years old.
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%%* WalkOnWater: Jesus did this, on the Sea of Galilee. So did Peter, briefly.

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%%* * WalkOnWater: Jesus did this, this on the Sea of Galilee. So Galilee, when His disciples went ahead of Him and He went alone on a mountain to pray and then later joined them. When the disciples were struggling with the waves on the sea, they were frightened at first to see Jesus just casually walking on top of the water like it was nothing and thought it was a ghost, until Jesus tells them that it is He and to not be afraid. In the gospel of Matthew, Peter gets out of the boat when Jesus calls him and so briefly walks on the water until he takes his eyes off Jesus and starts to sink. Jesus reaches out and pulls Peter up, saying, "O you of little faith, why did Peter, briefly.you doubt?"
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** When Herod Antipas heard about Jesus and His doing miracles, he assumed that it was John the Baptist, whom he had beheaded, come back to life and was eager to meet Him.
17th Sep '17 7:41:16 PM DustSnitch
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* ''Matthew'' - Compares [[AsTheGoodBookSays Old Testament scripture]] with Jesusí deeds, to appeal to Jews.

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* ''Matthew'' - Compares [[AsTheGoodBookSays Old Testament scripture]] with Jesusí deeds, to appeal to Jews. Has the longest description of his sermons.



* AnArmAndALeg[=/=]EyeScream:
** How Jesus (satirically) suggests people should deal with sin, from Matthew 5:29,30:

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* AnArmAndALeg[=/=]EyeScream:
AnArmAndALeg:
** How Jesus (satirically) suggests people should deal with sin, uses the imagery of a man removing his own leg to mark how completely a man must separate himself from sins. In the context of Matthew 5:29,30:5:29, he's referring to the need for men to avoid not only adultery, but sustained lust, even if it is severely difficult.



** Upon hearing of the death of his friend Lazarus, Jesus comforts Lazarus's family and then calls upon Lazarus to emerge from the tomb he was just buried in.
** Three days after Christ is publicly executed and buried in a well-guarded tomb, two women devastated by his death find the tomb empty, only for Jesus Christ to soon reveal himself fully alive, with the scars to prove he truly did die.

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** Upon hearing The Gospel of John details seven signs of Jesus's godhood, with the death final, greatest, and most disturbing sign being the revival of Lazarus. By the time Jesus had been given word of his friend Lazarus, Jesus comforts friend's illness and went to find him, he had been dead two days. Lazarus's family and then calls upon sisters assumed even Jesus could do nothing at this point, but Jesus ordered them to open the tomb. Peering into the darkness, Jesus commanded Lazarus to emerge from come to him and out came a fully alive man in a burial shroud, the tomb he was just buried in.
risen Lazarus.\\\
Word of this great miracle spreads and by the time Jesus arrives in Jerusalem, there are crowds eager to greet the unprecedented miracle worker. But since this great deed challenged the religious rule of the Sanhedrin, they feared that Jesus's following would give Rome reason to come and further dominate the Jews. Fearful for the future, the Sanhedrin began to plot to kill both Lazarus and Jesus to avoid reconciling with the far-reaching consequences of a man more powerful than death.
** Three days after Christ is publicly executed and buried in a well-guarded tomb, two women devastated by his death find the tomb empty, only for Jesus Christ to soon reveal himself to them fully alive, with the scars and body to prove he truly did die.die and return.



* CharacterFilibuster:
** Jesus's Sermon on the Mount is an 84 line speech in Matthew that touches on most if not all of his major teachings. He starts by listing off the various oppressed and needy people who are blessed, then teaches on topics ranging from from how the angry and lustful are as damned as the murderous and adulterous and divorce is impermissible to the need to love enemies unconditionally and not turn righteousness into a public display. He concludes by saying that those that wish to live should listen and act upon his words, while those that do not act in accordance with Him will find only death and desolation.
** Luke's Gospel includes a much shorter version of the Sermon titled the Sermon on the Plain. It boils down to the blessings of the downtrodden, the call to love enemies, the order on proper judgement, and the warning to act on Christ's words.



* DependingOnTheWriter: Jesus' character tends to vary quite a bit depending on who's describing him. The Jesus of Matthew and Mark is notably more short-tempered; the Jesus of John more mystical.

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* %%* DependingOnTheWriter: Jesus' character tends to vary quite a bit depending on who's describing him. The Jesus of Matthew and Mark is notably more short-tempered; the Jesus of John more mystical.



* DrivenToSuicide: Judas Iscariot, after feeling so remorseful of betraying the Messiah that he returned the money he was given for it to the high priests.

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* DrivenToSuicide: Judas Iscariot, after feeling so remorseful deeply regretting his betrayal of betraying the Messiah that he returned the his master, tried to give back his blood money he was given for it to relieve himself of his guilt. When the high priests.Pharisees refused to take it, Judas threw it away and killed himself to escape his guilt.



** In one of the gospels, Jesus' mother and His brothers tried to intervene on His behalf for they were hearing that "He is beside Himself." And frequently, His hearers say things like "He has a demon", an idiomatic way of saying "He's crazy" (since demonic possession was believed to cause insanity).

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** In one Mark's gospel, some of the gospels, Jesus' mother and His brothers tried Jesus's relatives try to intervene on His behalf for they were stop him from preaching after hearing that "He is beside Himself." And frequently, His hearers say things like "He has a demon", an idiomatic way of saying "He's crazy" (since This along with accusations that he's exorcising through some demonic possession was believed power prompt Jesus to cause insanity).ask how in the world a crazy man could drive out the Devil and why in the world would the Devil drive out himself. This specific blasphemy of attributing the Holy Spirit's work to Satan is labelled as unforgivable.



** In terms of how cool people thought He was, ZigZagged, perhaps on account of being an UnbuiltTrope. There are many moments when people regard UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} as totally awesome, but just as many moments when He's abandoned, misunderstood, hated, and finally executed-- sometimes by the very same people who thought He was so cool a few chapters before.

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** In terms of how cool people thought He was, ZigZagged, perhaps on account of being an UnbuiltTrope. There are many moments when people regard UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} as totally awesome, but just as many moments when He's abandoned, misunderstood, hated, and finally executed-- hated-- sometimes by the very same people who thought He was so cool a few chapters before.



* TheLawOfConservationOfDetail: Invoked in John 20:30-31

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* TheLawOfConservationOfDetail: Invoked in The last two chapter of John 20:30-31both end with a reminder that Jesus did much, much more than what's recorded, it's just that they only have so much space to record it all in and they need to focus on the essentials.



* LongList: The gospel of Luke has a very long list of Jesus' ancestry that reaches all the way back to Adam.

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* LongList: The gospel of Luke has includes a very long list of Jesus' ancestry genealogy that reaches all the way back to Adam.



* NarratorAllAlong: "John" is written in a third-person omniscient voice, but at the end, the author confirms that the unnamed "disciple whom Jesus loved" was in fact John himself.

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* NarratorAllAlong: "John" The Gospel of John is written in a third-person omniscient voice, but at the end, the author confirms that the unnamed "disciple whom Jesus loved" was in fact John himself.the author of the Gospel.



* NoEnding: The Gospel According to Mark has Mary Madgalene, Mary, Mother of Jesus and the other Mary turn up to the cave where Jesus is interred only to find it re-opened and a man dressed in white telling them that Jesus is gone. The three Marys flee in fear...and that's it. No resurrection, no reappearance. Several other verses were tacked on at the end to overcome this, and this version is known as the [[DirectorsCut "Longer Ending"]].

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* NoEnding: The shortest and earliest records of Mark's Gospel According to Mark has have Mary Madgalene, Mary, Mother of Jesus and the other Mary turn up to the cave where Jesus is interred only to find it re-opened and a man dressed in white telling them that Jesus is gone. The three Marys flee in fear...and that's it. No resurrection, no reappearance. Several other verses were tacked on at Later manuscripts from the end to overcome this, same period include twelve more verses, and this version is known as the [[DirectorsCut "Longer Ending"]].



* OffWithHisHead: John the Baptist's fate, provided by King Herod Antipas when Herodias' daughter danced before the king and pleased him to the point where he promised to offer anything she asked for, even up to half the kingdom.

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* OffWithHisHead: John the Baptist's fate, provided fate was beheaded by King Herod Antipas when Herodias' daughter danced before the king and pleased him to the point where he promised to offer anything she asked for, even up to half the kingdom.



** Given the political climate of the time, lots of people were named Jesus, hence him always being referred to as "Jesus of Nazareth". Tradition states that Barabbas, the man released in Jesus' place, was also named Jesus [[note]]Barabbas, or Bar Abba in Aramaic, is actually his last name, meaning "son of the Father." Some people therefore interpret this as allegorical, with the Jews accepting Barabbas the rebel (as they viewed the Messiah to be a warrior leader) instead of Jesus.[[/note]]

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** Given the political climate of the time, lots Lots of people were named Jesus, hence him always being referred to as "Jesus of Nazareth". Tradition states that Barabbas, the man released in Jesus' place, was also named Jesus [[note]]Barabbas, or Bar Abba in Aramaic, is actually his last name, meaning "son of the Father." Some people therefore interpret this as allegorical, with the Jews accepting Barabbas the rebel (as they viewed the Messiah to be a warrior leader) instead of Jesus.[[/note]]



** Also, depending how you count, there may be as many as four women (and definitely at least two) named Mary, apart from Jesus' Mother.

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** Also, depending how you count, there may be as many as four women (and definitely at least two) named Mary, apart Mary. There is the Blessed Mother of Jesus, the Magdalene who has seven demons exorcised from Jesus' Mother.her, the sister of Lazarus and Martha of Bethany, and the mother of James the younger and Joses.



* OpenMouthInsertFoot: Peter does this a few times--it's almost his defining characteristic.

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* %%* OpenMouthInsertFoot: Peter does this a few times--it's almost his defining characteristic.



* PalsWithJesus: TropeMaker.

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* %%* PalsWithJesus: TropeMaker.TropeNamer.



* PhosphorEssence / PowerGlows / HolyBacklight: Jesus, during the Transfiguration.

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* %%* PhosphorEssence / PowerGlows / HolyBacklight: Jesus, during the Transfiguration.



* SlutShaming: A group of Pharisees in John chapter 8 bring to Jesus a woman accused of adultery and dare Him to suggest stoning her or something. Jesus turns the tables on them and shames the men by daring them to be without sin so that one of them can be the first to stone her. The men depart one by one until Jesus is left alone with the woman, and then He forgives her and lets her go.

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* SlutShaming: A group of Pharisees in John chapter 8 bring to Jesus a woman accused of adultery and dare Him to suggest stoning her or something. Jesus turns the tables on them and shames the men by daring them to be without sin so that one of them can be the first to stone her. The men depart one by one until Jesus is left alone with the woman, and then He forgives when he tells her he does not condemn her and lets her go.says "Go, and sin no more."



* StarOfBethlehem: Matthew provides the UrExample.

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* %%* StarOfBethlehem: Matthew provides the UrExample.



* {{Streaking}}: Possibly an UrExample in Mark, where a young man wearing a sheet drops it when a guard tries to capture him and runs away in the buff.

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* {{Streaking}}: Possibly an The UrExample in may just come from Mark, where a young man wearing a sheet drops it when a guard tries to capture him and runs away in the buff.



* TotalEclipseOfThePlot: According to Mark, Luke and Matthew, a period of darkness occurred during Jesus' crucifixion, lasting from noon to 3 o'clock in the afternoon. It couldn't have been a solar eclipse -- not only because it lasted three hours, but also because the crucifixion took place on the first day of Passover, which is held at full moon when solar eclipses cannot occur. Nevertheless, the evangelists probably imagined it as a total solar eclipse.

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* TotalEclipseOfThePlot: According to Mark, Luke and Matthew, a period of darkness occurred during Jesus' crucifixion, lasting from noon to 3 o'clock in the afternoon. It couldn't have been a A solar eclipse should not have been possible -- not only because it lasted three hours, but also because the crucifixion took place on the first day of Passover, which is held at full moon when solar eclipses cannot occur. Nevertheless, the evangelists probably imagined it darkness came and went as a total solar eclipse.the Son of Man died.



* TurnTheOtherCheek: TropeNamer.

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* %%* TurnTheOtherCheek: TropeNamer.



** Rumors were flying all over the place about Jesus' true identity, and only Peter (via divine intervention) gets it right.

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** Rumors were flying all over the place about Jesus' true identity, whether he be Elijah, a new prophet, or something else, and only Peter (via divine intervention) gets it right.right by calling him the Son of Man.



* WalkOnWater: Jesus did this, on the Sea of Galilee. So did Peter, briefly.

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* %%* WalkOnWater: Jesus did this, on the Sea of Galilee. So did Peter, briefly.



* ZombieApocalypse: Matthew 27:52-53:
-->''The tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. After his resurrection they came out of the tombs and entered the holy city and appeared to many.''

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* %%* ZombieApocalypse: Matthew 27:52-53:
-->''The %%-->''The tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. After his resurrection they came out of the %%the tombs and entered the holy city and appeared to many.''
16th Sep '17 11:18:11 AM DustSnitch
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* IntimidatingRevenueService: Whenever Jesus needs an example of a profession that everyone will instantly recognize as corrupt and sinful, he mentions... Prostitutes? Pharisees? Torturers?... ''[[EvilDebtCollector Tax collectors]]''. {{Justified|Trope}}, since in AncientRome tax collectors were pretty universally reviled for extorting money from their countrymen while being on the take.[[note]]The Romans relied on tax farming to supply their revenue, contracting the actual collection out to middlemen who were expected to fill a certain quota on a regular basis. As long as the quota was met, the authorities didn't ask too many questions, and the tax collectors were entitled to keep any excess money as part of their commission. The rest is left as an exercise for the reader.[[/note]] Also {{averted}}, in that some tax collectors such as Matthew and Zacchaeus are shown to be redeemed.

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* IntimidatingRevenueService: Whenever Jesus needs an example of a profession that everyone will instantly recognize as corrupt and sinful, he mentions... Prostitutes? Pharisees? Torturers?... ''[[EvilDebtCollector Tax collectors]]''. {{Justified|Trope}}, since in AncientRome tax collectors were pretty universally reviled for extorting money from their countrymen while being on the take.[[note]]The Romans relied on tax farming to supply their revenue, contracting the actual collection out to middlemen who were expected to fill a certain quota on a regular basis. As long as the quota was met, the authorities didn't ask too many questions, and the tax collectors were entitled to keep any excess money as part of their commission. The rest is left as an exercise for the reader.[[/note]] Also {{averted}}, in that some tax collectors such as Matthew and Zacchaeus are shown to be redeemed.
11th Sep '17 8:44:07 AM VicGeorge2011
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* FriendToAllChildren: Jesus made it a point to be welcoming to children, even though his disciples thought children were beneath him.
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* ATasteOfTheLash: Pilate has Jesus scourged in an attempt to placate the mob that's calling for Jesus' crucifixion. They still want him dead.

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* ATasteOfTheLash: ATasteOfTheLash:
** Jesus makes a whip of cords and drives away the marketers and money-changers from the Temple with it.
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Pilate has Jesus scourged in an attempt to placate the mob that's calling for Jesus' crucifixion. They still want him dead.
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* DemonicPossession: Jesus encounters several possessed people and successfully exorcises the demons every time. This occurs frequently enough that it's lumped together with all the other diseases and mental disorders Jesus cures. One notable example: the truly unfortunate man possessed by one ''thousand'' demons that called themselves "Legion". Jesus, being well, UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}, cured the man and spared the demons when they begged for mercy, who he then let flee into a herd of pigs. [[LaserGuidedKarma Which then ran off a cliff in terror]].

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* DemonicPossession: Jesus encounters several possessed people and successfully exorcises the demons every time. This occurs frequently enough that it's lumped together with all the other diseases and mental disorders Jesus cures. cures.
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One notable example: the truly unfortunate man possessed by one ''thousand'' demons that called themselves "Legion". Jesus, being well, UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}, cured the man and spared the demons when they begged for mercy, who he then let flee into a herd of pigs. [[LaserGuidedKarma Which then ran off a cliff in terror]].terror]].
** Jesus Himself speaks the parable about a person who has had a demon exorcised out of him that goes out into dry places to look for rest, and finding none goes back to the person it once inhabited, only to find that person's place swept clean and put in order, so the demon goes and gets seven more even worse demons to come in, and the state of that man is worse than before.
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** They devoured widows' houses and made long showy prayers.

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** They devoured widows' houses and made long showy prayers. (Notably said in the gospels of Mark and Luke right before He sees an old widow tossing her last two mites into the collection box, commenting how she gave more than the others because she gave all that she had to live on -- not really a commendation of her giving, but a sad lament on how she was being taken advantage of.)
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* EmptyPilesOfClothing: Or in this case, empty piles of burial wrapping, as Mary Magdalene and those who followed her to the tomb found on the third day when Jesus had risen.
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