Luke 1 – 2: Infancy Narratives


The first two chapters of Luke’s Gospel are known as the ‘infancy narratives’. Matthew, too, devotes the first two chapters of his gospel to stories of Jesus’ infancy. The Lukan chapters, however, present not only Jesus’ infancy but also that of John the Baptist. The style and content of these two chapters of Luke are markedly different from the rest of the gospel ad Acts of the Apostles. The infancy narratives of Luke exhibit a strong Semitic flavour. This and other indications in the text have led several scholars to think that Luke has made use of a pre-existing Aramaic account of the infancy of Jesus and John the Baptist.

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