What are the literary and higher critical views of Mathew 1, Luke 3:23-38, Mark 1-8, and Mark 9-16?© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com June 23, 2018, 11:38 pm ad1c9bdddf
Matthew, Luke and Mark are called the Synoptic Gospels because they provide parallel historical accounts of the life of Jesus, perhaps intended for three different types of audiences. Matthew addresses a Jewish audience, Luke a Greek audience, and Mark a Roman audience. In contrast, John is much more symbolic in nature and concerned with an eschatological audience.
<br>From a literary perspective, you need to emphasize the importance of genealogical lists in Judaean history (such as in Genesis, Kings, Ezra/Nehemiah) and their function, such that a genealogy is itself a story of where you come from and your importance. Then you need to get more specific about the genealogical narrative here. Matthew 1 presents a genealogy from Abraham to Jesus - 42 generations (42 being a symbolic number). In contrast, Luke 3 presents the genealogy beginning from Jesus and traces his lineage back to God (77/78 generations). ...