The Gospels Of Matthew And Luke Essay

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The Gospels of Matthew and Luke have been the topic of conversation and dispute in biblical scholarship throughout the years, because although they are covering the same event the authors present their ideas in different ways. Each author have different styles, vocabulary, theological themes and intentions which vary from gospel to gospel. In this essay, I will establish Jesus’ lineage and significance as exemplified in the Gospel of Matthew 1-2 and Luke 1-2. In the Gospel of Matthew, the vocabulary and style builds to the identity of Jesus. Matthew stresses the noble and divine origin of Jesus by tracing the lineage of Jesus Christ to great men within the history of Israel, and through the use of trinitarian vocabulary. Matthew begins his gospel explaining Jesus’ “genealogy”, portraying Jesus as the “Son of David” and “ Son of Abraham”. According to Harrington, the main purpose behind the listing of the ancestors was to “root Jesus in the royal line of Israel (David) and to trace his ancestry back to Israel’s ancestor (Abraham)”. By tracing Jesus’s ancestry back to David and Abraham, two of the greatest men according to the Jewish tradition, the importance and greatness of Jesus is established through the patriarchal bloodline. Joseph’s main problem in this gospel was the pregnancy of his soon-to-be wife, Mary, but soon this issue disappeared when“angel of the Lord” came to “Joseph, son of David” to explain what was to be done regarding Mary and the…

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