Intro to the New Testament
October 1st 2007
The Gospels Matthew and Luke of the New Testament contrast to be surprisingly different. The concepts in each book seem to be the same, however, when you take a closer look you can see many clear differences. First and foremost I will discuss the more important readings of Matthew. Then, I will do the same for the book of Luke. Each book will then be compared and contrasted to discuss what is similar and different. I will go more in specific on the birth of Jesus, the tone of each reading, and how each books preface gives clues to how the rest of the book plays out.
First of all, Matthews' book begins by discussing the Genealogy of Jesus. Matthew 1:1 states " A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of Abraham " The text then goes on to record Jesus' genealogical background. After the genealogy Matthew then goes on to discuss the birth of Jesus, which is very important when comparing Matthew and Luke, which I will confer of later. Matthews' version of the birth story puts Joseph at the core by focusing his response to Mary's pregnancy very important. It says in verse 19 that Joseph was planning on secretly divorcing Mary when he found out she was pregnant. But when Joseph learns of a higher righteousness that had given a Mary this child, he obeyed God and trusted in him. In verse 20 it states that "An angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said "Joseph, the son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins"." This will later be contrast with Luke's version of the birth of Jesus, which is very important when comparing the two books.
Another thing that I would like to note about in the book of Matthew, apart from the birth narrative is the baptism of Jesus, and... [continues]
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