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Birth and Childhood

The Birth and Childhood of Jesus: The Hope of Promise (Matthew 1–2; Luke 1–2)

    1. The Prologue of Luke (Luke 1:1-4; Aland # 1; Orchard # 1; Huck-Greeven # 5)

      2 Maccabees 2:19-31

      Josephus’ Antiquities Preface 1-4,

      The Letter to Aristeas 1-8

      Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War1:21-22

    2. The Genealogy of Matthew (Matthew 1:1-17; Aland # 6; Orchard # 4; Huck-Greeven # 1)

      Josephus Vita 1

    3. The Announcement of John the Baptist’s Birth (Luke 1:5-25; Aland # 2; Orchard # 9; Huck-Greeven # 6)

      Jewish midrash on Genesis 38.14 (23c)

      m Tamid 5–7

      Origen, Contra Celsus 1.28

      Letter of Aristeas 95

    4. The Birth Announcement to Mary (Luke 1:36-38; Aland # 3; Orchard # 10; Huck-Greeven # 7)

      Psalms of Solomon 17–18

      Justin Martyr, Trypho 43, 45, 100

      Irenaeus, Against Heresies, Book III, xxi.5

      Tertullian, Against the Jews, 9

      Ascension of Isaiah 10.2

      Gospel of the Nativity of Mary 1.1

    5. Mary’s Visit to Elizabeth (Luke 1:39-56; Aland # 4; Orchard # 11; Huck-Greeven # 8)

    6. The Birth of John the Baptist and Praise for His Arrival (Aland # 5; Orchard # 12; Huck-Greeven # 9)

    7. Joseph’s Concern over Mary’s Condition and the Announcement to Him (Matthew 1:18-25; Aland # 7; Orchard # 5; Huck-Greeven # 2)

      m. Sota 1:1, 5; 5:1

      Psalms of Solomon 17–18

    8. The Birth of Jesus in Bethlehem (Luke 2:1-7; Aland # 7; Orchard # 13a; Huck-Greeven # 10a)

    9. The Adoration by the Shepherds (Luke 2:8-20; Aland # 8; Orchard # 13b; Huck-Greeven # 10b)

      1QH 4:32-33; 11:9

      The Eighteen Benedictions, Shemoneh Esreh, no. 17

    10. A Word to Obedient Parents at the Temple (Luke 2:21-38; Aland # 9; Orchard # 14; Huck-Greeven # 11a)

    11. The Visit of the Wise Men to Bethelehem (Matthew 2:1-12; Aland # 8: Orchard # 6; Huck-Greeven # 3)

    12. A Reenactment of Israel’s Journey: Jesus to Israel and Back alongside Unjust Suffering (Matthew 2:13-21; Aland # 10; Orchard # 7-8a; Huck-Greeven # 4)

    13. To Nazareth in Galilee (Matthew 2:22-23; Luke 2:39-40; Aland # 11; Orchard # 8b, 15; Huck-Greeven # 4b, 11b)

      Josephus, Antiquities 17.11.1-5.299-323

    14. Jesus at the Temple; Luke 2:41-52; Aland # 12; Orchard # 16; Huck-Greeven # 12)

Related Topics: Incarnation