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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #20)

Sat Dec 28, 2019, 02:00 PM

22. I agree that ultimately, the birth story would have a single source

in the personages of Jesus' parents. I expect the story would have then fanned out through the generations, and the gospel authors might have gotten information from nearby spots on the fan.

Having said that, the stories have their differences. Only Luke talked about the "census" for example. And based on my life experience, it is very possible that as the story was passed down, some people thought that the census aspect was very significant and interesting, while others thought it was immaterial and mundane.

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