Ultimate Christmas Quiz – Answer #7

7. According to Matthew, who showed up on the night of Jesus’ birth?

a. Shepherds keeping watch over their flocks by night
b. An angel and a multitude of the heavenly host
c. The prophet Simeon and the prophetess Anna
d. Ten lords a-leaping
e. No one.

Note: another trick question – in Matthew’s story, no one witnesses Jesus’ birth at all; he simply says Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king (2:1) with no details. It’s only Luke who tells the story of Mary and Joseph coming to Bethlehem from Nazareth for a Roman census, finding no room at the inn and being forced to give birth in a stable, attended by humble shepherds and a host of angels.

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2 Responses to Ultimate Christmas Quiz – Answer #7

  1. Iain says:

    Hmm, omitting the details isn’t the same as ‘no one’ showing up though?

  2. OverlappingMagisteria says:

    Yea… a few of these quiz questions are like that. I don’t see what the point of some of these questions are other than being picky about what detail was mentioned in what gospel (was it Matthew or Luke that tells of the shepherds… does it really matter?). The fact that Matthew only gives an overview of where Jesus was born and Luke gives more detail isn’t that interesting. A high school history book also does not have as much detail on WWII as a college text specifically on the war. Does this mean we should question the accounts of both? Of course not.

    What may be a more interesting question is how did the author of Luke come to know all the details of the nativity when it was written about 80-100 AD, and writers of earlier gospels knew nothing of these details? That seems much juicier to me.

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