Continuing with Luke 2:41-3:6, Mark 1:1-6 and Matthew 3:1-6. What do we know about Jesus’s childhood? Was he aware of the special nature of his birth? What is the synoptic problem? Did Matthew and Luke use Mark as a source? What was John the Baptist’s mission?
We look this week at the birth narratives of Jesus in Matthew 1:18-2:23 and Luke 2:1-39. How did Matthew and Luke deal with the problem of a Jesus of Nazareth who was supposed to be born in Bethlehem? What are the various views in Bible Scholarship on Jesus? Do the mythicists have a case? Did the Magi actually visit Jesus in Nazareth and not Bethlehem? Is there a way to reconcile the stories?