Hyper-Synopsis     Parallel Texts in Matthew, Mark & Luke 

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109  Matt 13 208  Luke 13
31 Another parable* he put before them, 20 He
  saying,   said therefore,
  "The kingdom of heaven   "What is the kingdom of God like? *
      And to what shall I compare* it
  is like* a grain of mustard seed


It is like a grain of mustard seed
  which a man took   which a man took
  [and] sowed in his field;   [and] <tossed> in his <own> garden;
32  it is the smallest of all seeds,    
  but when it has grown   and it grew
  it is the greatest of shrubs    
  and becomes a tree, ** and became a tree,
  so that the birds of the air* come   and the birds of the air*
  and make nests in its branches."   made nests in its branches."


Mark 4

Thom 20 **

    1 The disciples said to Jesus: "Tell us
      what the kingdom of heaven is like."
30  And he said, 2 He said to them:
  "<How shall> we compare*     
  the kingdom of God,    
  or what parable shall we use for it?    
 31  As a grain of mustard seed,   "It is like a mustard seed.
    3 [It] is the smallest of all seeds.*
  which, when <it is> sown 4 But when it falls 
  upon the <earth>,   upon prepared soil,
  is the smallest of all the seeds*    
  <upon the> earth;    
32 yet when it is sown    
  <it rises up>    
  and becomes the greatest of all shrubs,    
  and puts forth large branches,   it produces a large plant
  so that the birds of the air*    
  can make nests in its shade."   and becomes a shelter
      for the birds of the air.*

**Note: In Matt, Mark & Luke this is part of a parable cluster.
In the gospel of Thomas it appears as an independent aphorism.

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Color Code
 Red  Four texts use same wording.
 Blue  Three texts use same vocabulary.
 Teal  Two texts use same vocabulary.
 Black   Words unique to a particular text.
   No parallel element in this gospel
*  Same wording, different order
 <the>  Word not in RSV or revised to reflect Greek.


 Word in RSV but not Greek text.
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