CBS I.6 – The Infancy Narratives: Luke 1-2; Matthew 1-2

Recorded November 15th 2011.

We had a lot of fun this evening reading the familiar Christmas stories in an unfamiliar way. People have a tendency to conflate the two stories into one, and to insert details from popular artistic portrayals back into the Biblical narratives. For example, we often think of the Wise Men arriving at the stable in Bethlehem while the shepherds were still present, and we think that there are “Three Wise Men” but in fact here are an unknown number of Wise men who brought three gifts!

The Infancy narratives are important preludes to the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, and they explore with great subtlety the perennial question, “Who is Jesus?” beginning with the genealogies, which connect Jesus with the great covenant-making ¬†figures in the Old Testament, including King David, Abraham, Noah, Adam, and ultimately God.

CBS – Matthew 1-2 Luke 1-2

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