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synoptic

[si-nop-tik] /sɪˈnɒp tɪk/
adjective
1.
pertaining to or constituting a synopsis; affording or taking a general view of the principal parts of a subject.
2.
(often initial capital letter) taking a common view: used chiefly in reference to the first three Gospels (synoptic Gospels) Matthew, Mark, and Luke, from their similarity in content, order, and statement.
3.
(often initial capital letter) pertaining to the synoptic Gospels.
Also, synoptical.
Origin
1755-1765
1755-65; < Greek synoptikós, equivalent to synop- (see synopsis) + -tikos -tic
Related forms
synoptically, adverb
nonsynoptic, adjective, noun
nonsynoptical, adjective
nonsynoptically, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for synoptic gospels

synoptic

/sɪˈnɒptɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to a synopsis
2.
(often capital) (Bible)
  1. (of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke) presenting the narrative of Christ's life, ministry, etc from a point of view held in common by all three, and with close similarities in content, order, etc
  2. of, relating to, or characterizing these three Gospels
3.
(meteorol) showing or concerned with the distribution of meteorological conditions over a wide area at a given time a synoptic chart
noun
4.
(often capital) (Bible)
  1. any of the three synoptic Gospels
  2. any of the authors of these three Gospels
Derived Forms
synoptically, adverb
synoptist, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Greek sunoptikos, from synopsis
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Encyclopedia Article for synoptic gospels

Synoptic Gospels

the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke in the New Testament. Since the 1780s, the first three books of the New Testament have been called the Synoptic Gospels because they are so similar in structure, content, and wording that they can easily be set side by side to provide a synoptic comparison of their content. (The Gospel of John has a different arrangement and offers a somewhat different perspective on Christ.) The striking similarities between the first three Gospels prompt questions regarding the actual literary relationship that exists between them. This question, called the Synoptic problem, has been elaborately studied in modern times.

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