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Unformatted text preview: In Matthew the Magi come to see the birth of Jesus, and in Luke the shepherds come to see the birth of Jesus. Matthew speaks of the decree of Herod to have every child under the age of two years old killed in Bethlehem. Luke does not mention this. Another difference is that Luke speaks of a census where Joseph and Mary must go to Bethlehem when Mary gives birth there all of a sudden. Also, Luke has the story of Jesus when his parents lose track of him on their journey back from Jerusalem. They went back to Jerusalem and found him in the temple where everyone who listened to him was astonished. There certainly more differences than similarities between these two synoptic authors, but both speak of Bethlehem being the place where Jesus is born and speak of the Immaculate Conception....
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- Spring '09