The Composite Gospels is a new kind of tool for studying the parallels and differences that exist in the Gospel stories. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John all tell the same story of Jesus’s life, teaching, death, and resurrection, but they each present that material in different ways, even among the three Synoptic Gospels.
Arranged by similarities in the content of the narrative and then annotated with additional information about the people and events involved, the goal of the Composite Gospel is to bring together accounts which are common to one or more Gospels. Efforts to present a unified or harmonized account of the four gospels go back at least as far back as the 2nd century. But the Composite Gospel is not a harmony per se. The purpose is not to bring the different accounts into agreement, or address places where the narratives appear to be in conflict, but to suggest the best possible coordinated arrangement of the sources as they have come down to us. In that context, the Composite Gospel helps lay out a new perspective on the larger story of Jesus’ life beyond the individual Gospels.