When comparing the two infancy narratives side by

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When comparing the two infancy narratives side by side, we observe what they have in common and the distinctions that make them individual narratives. Matthew’s account is known for the frequent use of Midrash, meaning that he draws many parallels between Jesus’ birth and events from the Jewish Bible, in attempt to make the stories relevant. One specific scripture he refers to is Isaiah 7:13, which says the word “almah”, meaning a young woman eligible to be married; and the word “parthenos”, meaning virgin. Both these together refer to Mary, the mother of Jesus. Matthew reveals Jesus by explaining his genealogy, which is used to describe what he will become. He states that he is the, “Messiah, the son of David, and son of Abraham” (Mt: 1:1). By connecting Jesus to the Messiah, he is portrayed as the supreme fulfillment of the biblical prophecies. Being the son of David represents that he has a credible family line, and will become a King with influential affects of bringing people closer to the Kingdom of God. Abraham was a true Israelite and the father of the Jewish people, meaning Jesus will have the abilities to teach wisely and perform miracles. Connecting Jesus to Abraham also brings out expectations and ideas of the social scale that is about to come. These names given to Jesus
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Bordeaux 3 are based off his family tree, which would mean that God was guiding everything and it was only a matter of time for Jesus to come. Luke is also known for incorporating Jesus’ multiple meaningful titles throughout his gospel. The one that corresponds to Matthew’s is the title of Messiah, which depicts Jesus as a glorified royal figure full of faith. Others that are mentioned are Savior, Soter, and Lord. He becomes the fixed savior of the loyal insignificant and marginalized. Being recognized as a Lord indicates his authority in respects towards others. All of these titles illustrate Jesus as a foreshadower of what is to come in the near future. The social pyramid that once stood at his birth, will quickly be turned upside down. Jesus will accept the inferior who have become ostracized as a result of being disabled and ill. In both Gospels, Jesus was born into a poor family. He was the son of a carpenter and ‘scandalous’ women, who conceived a child before wedlock. He was also born into an insignificantly small town, which would declare him as part of the lower class. Again this
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