Reading the Gospel: Matthew 2:19-23

This section marks the final entry of the story of Jesus’ childhood, and Matthews attempts to shoehorn that childhood into as many prophecies as possible. As ridiculous as it seems, I honestly think Matthew is being serious. It feels very conspiracy theory, though. I imagine him talking very quickly, and emphasising the prophecy bits with […]

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Reading the Gospel: Matthew 1: 18-25

Welcome to the first encounter most people have with Jesus’ birth narrative:¬†Matthew 1: 18-25. While Joseph and Mary were betrothed, she got pregnant. Betrothal was a pretty serious deal back then. So serious, in fact, that in order to cancel the betrothal, one had to have divorce documents signed, and if it so happened that […]

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