This article is about books written about the life of Jesus.For the Good News of salvation through Jesus, The gospel.350, at Nag Hammadi in 1945–46, and three papyri, dated to c.200, which contain fragments of a Greek text similar to but not identical with that in the Coptic language, have also been found.
Luke, while following Mark's plot more faithfully than does Matthew, has expanded on the source, corrected Mark's grammar and syntax, and eliminating some passages entirely, notably most of chapters 6 and 7, which he apparently felt reflected poorly on the disciples and painted Jesus too much like a magician.[because copyists] either neglect to check over what they have transcribed, or, in the process of checking, they make additions or deletions as they please." For these reasons modern scholars are cautious of relying on the gospels uncritically, but nevertheless they do provide a good idea of the public career of Jesus, and critical study can attempt to distinguish the original ideas of Jesus from those of the later authors.The creation of a Christian canon was probably a response to the career of the heretic Marcion (c.Amen." The consensus among modern scholars is that the gospels belong to the ancient genre of bios, or biography.Ancient biographies were concerned with providing examples for readers to emulate while preserving and promoting the subject's reputation and memory, and so they included both propaganda and kerygma (preaching) in their works.