08 & 09 Infancy Youth pp 70-81

08 & 09 Infancy Youth pp 70-81 - LIFE:BirthStories1...

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    LIFE: Birth Stories 1 Genealogies Matthew 1:1-17 Abraham to Jesus: fulfillment of scripture and Jewish  History Three epochs (God’s plan for Israel):  Abraham (1800 BCE) to David (1000 BCE) David to the Babylonian Exile (587) BCE) The Exile to Jesus Why 14 groups of names? D=4, W=6, D=4 = 14; so Jesus a new DaViD Four women included (universality implied?) All unusual: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, the wife of Uriah  (Bathsheba), Mary (the mother of Jesus) Why is the genealogy of Joseph if Jesus was born of a 
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    LIVE: Birth Stories 2 Luke 3:23-38 Jesus’ Ancestry traced back to Adam To proclaim Jesus savior of the whole world Lists 77 generations to indicate the perfection  of God’s plan? Jesus’ connection with priestly line indicated by  including the names Levi and Mattathias? Both genealogies are primarily theological  not necessarily historical
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    LIFE: Birth Stories 3 Matthew 1-2 Joseph central as men are key figures in Hebrew  scriptures An angel appears in dreams to Joseph to  emphasize the transcendence of God and to recall  the famous patriarch Joseph Key events in the story are said to fulfill  prophecies For example,  Matthew 1:23 uses Isaiah 7:14 Matthew uses a rabbinical technique to connect a  present event to God’s plan in a way we would consider  artificial Atmosphere of danger
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    Wise Men (Magi) from the East (Matthew) Stargazing and astrology go far back in  Babylonian history There was an important Jewish community in  Babylonia ever since the Babylonian Captivity that  started in 587 BCE Mattthew’s story might intend to emphasize the  universal meaning and later spread of Christianity It also emphasizes (once again) how the coming  of Jesus fulfills Jewish hopes as expressed in the  Hebrew Scriptures
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    LIFE: Infancy and Youth 1.2 The Magi are later called Kings: “May the  kings  of Tarshish and of the isles render him  tribute, may the  kings  of Sheba and Seba bring gifts.”  (Psalm 72:10-11) Other elements in Matthew and later traditions-- camels, gold frankincense: “A multitude of  camels  shall cover you, the young  camels of Midian and Ephah; all those from Sheba shall 
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