The fourfold Gospel


In the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraph 127 states:

The fourfold Gospel holds a unique place in the Church,      

There are four Gospels in the New Testament.
Why would the Gospel be referred to as fourfold?


“gospel” = “good news”. There is in a sense only one “gospel” related by four different authors; hence “fourfold” gospel.


Fourfold is just a colorful way of saying four of something.


I believe that what is meant is that there are four authors, writing about the same thing, the birth, life, death and resurrection of Christ.

They all tell their own versions of the story and there are a few things that show up in one that may not show up in another, but in all, they each in their own way reinforce the truth of the others so that the fourfold stories combine to make a single complete truth.


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