Matthew and Luke were both evangelists and they both helped to spread the Gospel, the good news of Jesus. Their telling of the Gospel is similar yet different as well. Specifically the infancy narratives differ in particular ways that may cause the audience to question which infancy narrative is more correct. This essay will compare the infancy narratives of Matthew and Luke and will show how the infancy narrative of Luke previews the themes of Luke’s Gospel. The infancy narrative of Matthew occurs in the first two chapters of Matthew’s Gospel.
Generally people view the New Testament as more modern and realistic than the Old Testament which allows us to see a clearer image of Jesus. (Sheenan, 2001) explains how Jesus was a teacher of prayer however Jesus left no written records, he and his disciples quoted the Old Testament. However reliable accounts were needed of his teaching and healings were needed for communities this led to the emergence of the Gospels in the New Testament. This established
Both book had very few things in commons and there is a difference between the two. The question is why are these two books different from each other? The summary of Matthew states that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, where his parents are then visited by some wise men who then bear gifts. The wise men followed a star that was rising and then stopped over the place where Jesus was. King Herod the Great heard rumors of a baby named Jesus who is announced the “king of the Jews” (Matthew 2:2).
For example, Luke portrays Mary and Joseph as the parents of the child (Luke 2:6-7). Jesus is described as being in his thirties when he begins his ministry. Then he is endures temptations, similar to the ones in Matthew, while wandering the wilderness by the devil. Even though Matthew and Luke are similar, throughout the gospel, the unfortunate and “captives” are the main focus. Where in Matthew conflict is the main language, Luke is healing and acceptance of those who are hindered.
Matthew’s intent was to reach out to the Jews and prove to them, that Jesus Christ is the promised Messiah that the Jewish prophets of the Old Testament had foretold of. More than any of the other Gospels, Matthew points back to the Old Testament to show the fulfillment of the prophesies of the Jewish prophets through Jesus Christ. Matthew shows in detail, the genealogy of Jesus, dating back forty-one generations. Matthew’s writings highlight Jesus’s lineage, which comes from two of the most important figures in the Bible, Abraham, and David. The Gospel of Mark does not name an author so to speak, nor was he one of the disciples, but Mark was an interpreter for the Apostle Peter which is where most scholars believe Mark got his
Although the first chapter of the Gospel of Mark is an ancient story that is foreseeably written for a largely agrarian society with subjugated people, it has many important messages that are relevant to people in the 21st century. For instance, in the first chapter Mark elucidates upon the importance of John the Baptist. In particular, John the Baptist is described as “the voice of one crying out in the wilderness. ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight’” (Mk 1:3). Within the first three verses Mark characterizes John the Baptist as God’s “messenger” (Mk 1:2) whose purpose is to prepare people for God’s arrival in the form of Jesus (Pagola 81).
Though the poem “The Eve of Saint Mark” by John Keats is a fragment, it still allows for multiple interpretations. Initially, the reader may reasonably assume that the poem is strictly about a religious occasion, given the title and the character of Bertha’s interest in a book about saints, but certain details in the poem, as well as the author’s own writing reveal that this is not the case. “The Eve of Saint Mark” uses a religious date specifically associated with folklore to explore the tension between religion and superstition. The poem reveals its theme of religious and superstitious tension from the beginning though the title and occasion that Keats chose. St. Mark’s Eve is traditionally associated with the dead.
Jesus Christ and Muhammad’s influences and teachings of the way individuals should live their lives were similar in certain ways. First of all, both Jesus Christ and Muhammad’s views on the old testament was that it was the word of God, and they taught their followers or disciples this. Also, both men considered Abraham to be the example of how to be obedient to God and how we should serve him. People all around the world from both religions, do their best to emulate the devotion and faith of Abraham toward God. Additionally, another similarity between Jesus Christ and Muhammad’s teachings, is that those they taught had recorded the words, teachings, and experiences of both religious figures, that were turned into scripture that is considered to be the word of God and studied by billions of people around the world today.
However, Wright argues that this is not truly the end of the story. He says, “Matthew, for his part, ends his gospel with Jesus sending his followers out on a mission, secure in the knowledge that he was already enthroned as the world’s rightful Lord” (121). The rest of the story is all that happens after the Great
JESUS AND HIS FATHER The key to the Trinitarian doctrine is the Father-Son relationship. In Christian theology, God is symbolised as a divine Father primarily because Christ is symbolised as the divine Son. Not the other way around. The Gospel of Mark describes Jesus as the Son of man and the Son of God. The contrast and connection are dramatically portrayed in the anguish of the Gethsemane prayer where Jesus begins: “ “ Mark 14:36.The untranslated Aramaic address to the heavenly Father, abba, seems important.