|Author||Date||Audience||Picture of Jesus|
|Matthew||Tax collector turned follower of Christ; one of the Twelve||50s or 60s||Jews||Jesus is the Jewish Messiah predicted in the OT, the son of David who comes to establish the kingdom of heaven|
|Mark||Close associate of the Apostle Peter; may be the young man in Mark 14:50-51||mid to late 50s||Gentiles in Rome||Jesus is the authoritative, suffering son of God who gives his life as a ransom for many|
|Luke||Gentile physician and companion of the apostle Paul who interviewed eyewitness for his two-volume work (Lk 1:2)||58-60||a man named Theophilus||Jesus is the Savior of the world who seeks and saves the lost in fulfillment of the OT promises to Israel|
|John||The beloved disciple; not only one of the Twelve but in the inner circle of Jesus’ closest friends (with Peter and James)||mid to late 80s or early 90s||the church in Ephesus||Jesus is the messiah who demands belief and the lamb of God who dies for the sins of the world and gives those who believe eternal life|
For a short and accessible introduction to this, see T. Desmond Alexander’s Discovering Jesus: Why Four Gospels to Portray One Person?