...the writers of the three synoptic gospels would write in almost the same way? They were three different personalities. They would approach the same event or speech a bit differently. That's one of the problems I have with fans of the TR and Majority Text. They seemingly ignore the smoothing-out between the various Gospel accounts. It seems there was an effort among later scribes to try and harmonize as much as possible. While the older and more reliable manuscript authors didn't fudge and try to match things up almost verbatim with parallel accounts. Of course it doesn't just occur in the synoptic Gospels only but in other parts of the New Testament. And then,there are those places where a N.T. author is quoting from the O.T. In the TR and M.T. the tendency is to make the New Testament passage match as much as possible with the quote from the O.T. But in reality even Jesus paraphrased a good deal when He made reference to an O.T.citation.