Fwd: Re: Fw: [Synoptic-L] The "2 1/2 source" hypothesis
- Steph wrote,
Matthew's birth and resurrection narratives may have, according to the MwQH, initially inspired Luke to rewrite Mark with his somewhat different accounts of Jesus' birth and resurrection....
I think "somewhat different" radically understates the relationship between the two birth narratives. They have no narrative element in common. What they share are the characters Mary, Joseph, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and an angel, the settings of Bethlehem and Nazareth, and the bit of dialogue, "She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus..." (Mt 1:21) = "you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus" (Lk 1:31).
Everything else is, well, completely different. One could make the case that Lk had heard *of* Mt's gospel and knew it began with a birth story and a genealogy, but it's extremely hard to make the case he was aware of its contents other than the above bare-bones elements (widely known legends within the community?).
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