Modern Catholic and Protestant Scholars Agree: Matthew and Luke’s Birth Narratives are Fiction

“Although modern Protestant and Catholic scholars are in surprising agreement on the generally figurative and non-historical character of the infancy narratives…”

—Raymond Brown, Catholic scholar, The Virginal Conception and Bodily Resurrection of Jesus, p. 52

Gary:  Someone needs to let evangelical Protestant and LCMS Lutheran theologians in on this insight!

“Neither author knew the other’s infancy narrative…”  p. 53

“The Matthean genealogy is impossibly short for the third or post-exilic period.  …The Lukan genealogy…attributes names of a definite post-exilic type to the pre-exilic period.  …Luke has confused the dating of the Roman census.”  p. 54

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