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Lecture 1: Infancy Accounts

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Lesson

The infancy accounts in each Gospel indicate the author's purpose and the audience to whom they were writing. The pictures he was showing to his class are not available to us. 

Outline

I. Introduction 

A. Description of pictures of Israel

B. Extra-biblical evidence for the life of Jesus

II. Infancy Accounts 

A. Among the most disputed parts of the accounts of Jesus' life 

B. Matthew and Luke's approaches 

1. Matthew's genealogy of Jesus 

2. Themes in Luke's Gospel

C. The synoptic Gospels tell the story of Jesus from the earth up (split at 56:13) 

D. Hymns in Luke's Gospel

E. The characters in these narratives are pious Jewish people

F. Unity and diversity in the infancy stories of Matthew and Luke

G. Jesus born in Bethlehem of Judea