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In the best selling book of all time is the single most important man ever to walk on the earth in the view of the Christian religion Jesus the figurehead of whom the Christian religion is based on is one of the most radical thinkers of his time Most accounts of Jesus life are told through the first four books of the New Testament However these books were written well after Jesus died So the authors of these books had to interview many people to try to get an understanding of his life So the four gospels are really a compilation of eyewitness accounts of Jesus and excerpts from other sources In the twentieth century scholars struggle to understand what Jesus was really like Reading the text alone brings along many distortions of how Jesus really acted and spoke However by reading deeper into the texts the true life of Jesus begins to appear When an understanding the historical cultural and religious contexts of the Bible is attained an understanding of Jesus can be achieved To understand the atmosphere that Jesus was raised in reading of the end of the Old Testament is necessary as well as the reading of the birth of Jesus The birth of Jesus is depicted in two of the four gospels Matthew and Luke Although the stories were relatively the same some subtle differences can point to the struggles that Jesus faced even during his birth In Matthew the story of Mary and Joseph Jesus parents goes from Bethlehem to Egypt to Nazareth However Luke has Mary and Joseph traveling from Nazareth to Bethlehem to Jerusalem then finally to Nazareth Even though both stories are different both have differences for a reason In the book of Matthew Magi who come bearing gifts visit the baby Jesus However on the way to see Jesus they stop to tell Archelaus ruler of Samaria that a new king has been born Archelaus became
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