The Birth of the Messiah

Matthew and Luke both begin their account of the good news of Jesus Christ with two quite different stories of Jesus' conception and birth. These nativity stories draw deeply on imagery found in the Old Testament to proclaim that Jesus, Lord and Messiah, was not simply adopted as God's Son at his resurrection, or revealed as God's Son at his baptism in the River Jordan, but was indeed the Son of God from his birth.

We studied the infancy accounts of Jesus in Matthew and Luke in two sessions on Dec. 21, 2003 and Jan 4, 2004, using as our primary reference Father Raymond E. Brown's booklet An Adult Christ at Christmas. Essays on the Biblical Christmas Stories. Matthew 2 and Luke 2, derived from his magisterial commentary, The Birth of the Messiah. A Commentary on the Infancy Narratives in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.

Presentations were by David Monyak.

Downloads: Presentations

The Meaning of the Magi. The Meaning of the Manger.

Presentation of Jesus in the Temple. The Finding of the Boy Jesus in the Temple

References

Primary

An Adult Christ at Christmas. Essays on the Biblical Christmas Stories. Matthew 2 and Luke 2. Raymond E. Brown. The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota, 1978. ISBN 0-8146-0997-X

Secondary

The Birth of the Messiah. A Commentary on the Infancy Narratives in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. Raymond E. Brown. Doubleday, New York. 1993. ISBN 0-385-49447-5