Matthew, Mark, And Luke

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Matthew, Mark, and Luke offered various versions to the same story of Jesus returning to his hometown, teaching his community, and then the community reacting to his teaching; while these stories had their similarities, they also had their differences. Luke’s account differed the most widely from the other two, and by adding prophetic material from Isaiah, Luke expounded upon the reason for Jesus being rejected by his home town and offered a reasonable and more detailed explanation for the behavior and the townsfolk’s reaction presented in both Matthew and Mark. The language and meaning within Matthew, despite some differences, resembled that of in Mark, however the language and meaning within Luke deviated from the example set forth in Matthew and Mark.
The first time a difference between Matthew, Mark, and Luke was presented, was in the opening line. Matthew and Mark did not identify Jesus’ hometown, while Luke says “Nazareth” and expanded upon it saying, “where he had been brought up” (Luke 4:16). Luke in his account went into a more detailed version of his story, therefore he would not be satisfied with just “hometown” (Matthew 13:54, Mark 6:1). Luke throughout his gospel added more detail than Matthew and Mark in order to clearly articulate the story. He had to name the town and describe that was where Jesus “had been brought up” (Luke 4:16). Luke needed to describe all the action that occurred in order to have a sufficient retelling of this particular story.…
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