Comparison of the Nativity Narratives in Matthew and Luke

Read the article provided called, “Different Ways of Looking at the Birth of Jesus: Narrative strategies in New Testament infancy narratives,” and the biblical accounts in Matthew and Luke and compare them “horizontally.” There is a comparison table provided that helps you find where some of the differences between Matthew and Luke’s Nativity narratives are.

Here is a little video from Prof. Helen Bond:
Here is a little video explaining the differences in the genealogies between Matthew and Luke:
Write an 1100-1250 word (double spaced) essay-response (with an opening, body, conclusion, headings, sub-headings, etc.). I am looking for 3 things:

  1. How are the two Gospels different from one another? (the comparison table will help in this)
  2. What, in your opinion, best explains these differences?
  3. Which Nativity narrative is more historically accurate?

Sample Solution