How to Quickly Spot Differences in Gospel Accounts

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The Gospels tell the rich story of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection from four different perspectives—but discovering the similarities and differences in the Gospel accounts can seem like a hefty task.

With the Parallel Gospel Reader, you can find those similarities and differences quickly.

The Parallel Gospel Reader allows you to easily compare passages in Matthew’s, Mark’s, and Luke’s versions of the Gospel accounts—like Jesus cleansing the temple. You’ll learn that Mark’s version in 11:15–19 is the longest, and he is the only one who includes a reference to the nations (11:17).  

To start, click the Tools menu, scroll to Interactive Media, then click Parallel Gospel Reader in the dropdown. 

screenshot of parallel gospel reader showing differences in gospel accounts

You can enter a specific biblical passage in the reference box or scroll and expand the reference you want to explore. To display two different Parallel Gospel Readers and compare other nuances between the accounts side by side, click the More icon in the top-right to open the Panel menu, then select Duplicate This Panel. 

screenshot of parallel gospel reader showing differences in gospel accounts

screenshot of parallel gospel reader showing differences in gospel accounts

That’s it!

You can even take a closer look at the Greek version of these accounts at the same time. See how.

To dig deeper into Mark 11:15–19 and its parallels, open the Passage Guide to Mark 11:15–19 and expand the Parallel Passages section—or explore these resources:

Visit the Logos Help Center for more on how to get the most out of your Logos Bible Software, or click here to learn more about the Parallel Gospel Reader interactive. 


The Parallel Gospel Reader is available in Logos Starter and up.

Have Logos Starter or above but don’t see the interactive on the Tools menu?  It may be because you don’t have it downloaded. Simply open your Logos library, search for “Parallel Gospel Reader,” right-click, and select Download.

Written by
Adam B. Shaeffer

Adam B. Shaeffer (PhD, Durham University) rarely had time for books until he discovered the fantasy novels on his dad's shelf at age 12; the rest is history. His primary research interests revolve around the interplay between theology and literature, attending to fiction's power to narrate theological insights through the thoughts and lives of imagined people and places. His poetry and fiction have appeared in *Jabberwocky,* *Resident Aliens,* and *This Mutant Life.*

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Written by Adam B. Shaeffer