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Gospels Spend 40%-66% on Passion

Consider this: approximately 40 percent of the first three (synoptic) Gospels focus on the last week of Jesus’ life. That percentage increases to about 66 percent when we come to the Gospel of John. If the Gospels were simply biographies of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, we would expect a more balanced treatment of the various seasons of his life. But that is not what we find. A vastly disproportionate focus is given over to the last week of Jesus’ life, as if to say, “Whatever else you miss, please, don’t miss this.”

- "Looking at the Cross," from Being Reformed: Faith Seeking Understanding, by James D. Miller and Donald K. McKim (Congregational Ministries Publishing, Presbyterian Church USA, 2012), pp. 8-9.