The Birth And Early Life Of Jesus Essay

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The term, infancy narratives, is applied to the accounts of the birth and early life of Jesus. They are only found in two of the gospels. While Matthew and Luke are the only two gospels that contain the infancy narratives, they are a significant part in the story of Jesus. Matthew’s and Luke’s infancy narrative are both distinct, neither were a source for each other. While referred to as the infancy narratives they do not give us much from Jesus’ infancy and childhood. What the infancy narratives do answer is the question “Who is this Jesus of Nazareth?”

Matthew was influenced by the Christian community he wrote for which consisted of Jews and Gentiles. With Matthew trying to satisfy both the Jews and the Gentiles he starts his gospel with the genealogy of Jesus. It identifies Jesus as being a son of David which ties into Jewish history. It also identifies Jesus as being a son of Abraham which ties him into the overall plan of salvation. It was Matthew’s intent in his genealogy that Jesus was not only a son of Abraham but also of David through Joseph. Matthew’s genealogy mentions four women. For Matthew these women foreshadowed the role of Mary. It does not say that Joseph is the father of Jesus; it says “Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. Of her was born Jesus who is called the Messiah.” This supports the fact that Mary had Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit, not Joseph. Matthew uses the title “Son of David” more than any other evangelist but it…

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