Comparing The Birth Of Matthew And Luke

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Throughout the years, the tradition of celebrating the birth of Jesus has always been on December 25th, or as many people know it, Christmas. Many people believe it to be the date that Jesus was born. It is also believed that he was born in a wonderful nativity scene surrounded by animals and loving people. However, many scholars believe December 25th may not be the date of his actual birth and he might not have been born in a manger. These ideas are because of the conflicting stories between the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. To discover more about the birth of Jesus we will; compare the Gospels Matthew and Luke and discuss the components of his birth; such as, the date of his birth, where he was born, the star of Bethlehem, the magi, shepherds, …show more content…
One major aspect that they disagree on would be his place of birth. According to the bible, in the Gospel of Matthew, he was born “in Bethlehem in Juda” it also states that he was born in a house. While in the Gospel of Luke, Joseph and Mary went to Bethlehem because there was a census that year and that was Joseph’s town of origin. Mary gave birth while they were in Bethlehem. However, unlike in Matthew she did not give birth in a house, she gave birth in a manger. After Jesus was born this is what happened according to Luke “She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them”. From the Gospel of Luke, the tradition of the manger as we know it today comes about. What many people know about the birth of Jesus today is a mesh of both Matthew and Luke. Since there is so much conflict between the two stories many scholars have argued over if there is enough textual evidence to conclude that Jesus was born in Bethlehem. One reason why many scholars believe Jesus was born in Bethlehem is because of King David. In the Gospel of Matthew, there is a genealogy of Jesus’s family stating that King David is related to Joseph, Jesus’s father. Therefore, King David and Jesus are linked by heritage. King David is also from Bethlehem which could explain why Joseph and Mary go to Bethlehem for the census. In Luke, after Jesus is born the bible states, …show more content…
According to Matthew they were sent to find Jesus by King Herod who felt threatened by Jesus because he is the “King of the Jews”. Therefore, he sent these Magi to find Jesus and bring back word of who he is. After experiencing his greatness and giving him treasures the Magi were warned by a dream to not return to King Herod because of Herod’s plan to kill Jesus. They then took another route home to avoid King Herod. There is a debate on how many Magi were there that night. The range was from two to twelve; however, after debate scholars decided that there were only three because of the three gifts brought. The features of the men were also described; however, this information was found in scholarly journals not the Gospel of Matthew. It was said that, “The first is said to have been … an old man with white hair and a long beard," reads a medieval Irish description. "The second … beardless and ruddy-complexioned … the third, black-skinned and heavily bearded."” It has now been suggested that the different ethnicities could also relate back to the old testament of Noah 's three sons Shem, Ham and

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