What are the literary and higher critical views of Mathew 1, Luke 3:23-38, Mark 1-8, and Mark 9-16?
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). ...