The books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are collectively known a... (1304 people answered this)
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
They are collected together at the beginning of the New Testament, itself the second and final volume which concludes a single Bible. Luke no doubt learned from many of the other original eyewitnesses, among them Mary, the mother of Jesus. The following is an important truth given to us by the prophet Moses. It was quoted or referred to numerous times in both the Old and New Testaments, and even by Jesus Himself Matthew A matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses Deuteronomy The four different Gospel accounts first of all show us how God keeps His own word. Furthermore, God works through well-documented and verifiable history, not through private revelations to a single person.
The gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke are known as the Synoptic Gospels , because they include many of the same stories, often in the same sequence. While the periods to which the gospels are usually dated suggest otherwise,   convention traditionally holds that the authors were two of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus , John and Matthew, as well as two "apostolic men,"  Mark and Luke:. They are called evangelists , a word meaning "people who proclaim good news," because their books aim to tell the "good news" "gospel" of Jesus. In iconography , the evangelists often appear in Evangelist portraits derived from classical tradition, and are also frequently represented by the symbols which originate from the four " living creatures " that draw the throne-chariot of God, the Merkabah , in the vision in the Book of Ezekiel Chapter 1 reflected in the Book of Revelation ff , though neither source links the creatures to the Evangelists. Images normally, but not invariably, appear with wings like angels. The meanings accruing to the symbols grew over centuries, with an early formulation by Jerome ,  and were fully expressed by Rabanus Maurus , who set out three layers of meaning for the beasts, as representing firstly the Evangelists, secondly the nature of Christ, and thirdly the virtues required of a Christian for salvation:  These animals may have originally been seen as representing the highest forms of the various types of animals, i. Each of the symbols is depicted with wings, following the biblical sources first in Ezekiel 1 — 2 , and in Revelation.