In Christian tradition the Four Evangelists refers to the authors attributed with the creation of the four Gospel accounts in the New Testament that bear the following titles:
* Gospel according to Matthew
* Gospel according to Mark
* Gospel according to Luke
* Gospel according to John
Authorship of the three synoptic Gospels is now often held to date from c. 70 AD and later. Others widely consider Luke-Acts to have been written before the events in 70 AD, and the other synoptic Gospels to have been written even earlier. Convention has traditionally held the authors to have been two of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus, John and Matthew, and two "apostolic men," Mark and Luke :
- Matthew - a former tax man who was called by Jesus to be one of the Twelve Apostles,
- Mark - a follower of Peter and so an "apostolic man",
- Luke - a doctor who wrote what is now the book of Luke to a friend Theophilus. Also believed to have written the book of Acts (or Acts of the Apostles) and a close friend of Paul of Tarsus,
- John - a disciple of Jesus and possibly the youngest of his Twelve Apostles.
They are called evangelists, a word meaning people who proclaim good news, because their books aim to tell the good news of Jesus.
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