Hyper-Synopsis     Parallel Texts in Matthew, Mark & Luke 

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   Matt       Mark    Luke 10 John 12**
     38  Now as they went on their way,


Six days before Passover
      he entered a village;   Jesus came to Bethany,
          where Lazarus was,
          whom Jesus had raised
          from the dead.

There they made him a supper;
      and a woman named Martha   Martha served,*
          and Lazarus was one of those


received him into her house.   at table with him.


And she had a sister called Mary,


Mary took a pound 
          of costly ointment


who sat at the Lord's feet   and anointed the feet of Jesus
      and listened to his teaching.   and wiped his feet with her hair;
          and the house was filled 
          with the fragrance of the ointment.


But Martha was distracted     
      with much serving;*    
      and she went to him and said,    


"Lord, do you not care     
      that my sister has left me    
      to serve alone?    
      Tell her then to help me."    


But the Lord answered her,    


"Martha, Martha,    
      you are anxious     
      and troubled about many things;    


one thing is needful.    
      Mary has chosen the good portion,    
      which shall not be taken away from her.    


**Note: for full text of the Johannine account of Jesus' dinner with Mary & Martha see the pericope on the anointing.

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 Two texts use same vocabulary.
 Black   Words unique to a particular text.
   No parallel text in this gospel.
* Same wording, different order.
 180   Sequence in synoptic outlines
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