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INTRODUCTION TO THE KINGDOM (1:1-4:23)
- History and the Mixed-Race Messiah (1:1-17)
- Jesus Is Son of David and Son of Abraham (1:1)
- Jesus Is the Goal and Climax of Israel's History. (1:2-17)
- Accounts of Jesus' Childhood (1:18-2:23)
- When a Virgin Gave Birth (1:18-25)
- The First Star Trek (2:1-12)
- The Persecuted Child (2:13-18)
- Growing Up in a Small Town (2:19-23)
- Preparation for Public Ministry (3:1-4:25)
Ancient biographies could open with the subject's public vocation, as in Mark, but often began by rehearsing the background of the central character. Such background might include a noble or prominent ancestry (Mt 1:1-17), virtuous parents (1:18-25), childhood background that introduced themes relevant to the subject's later public activity (2:1-23), the attestation of others to the person's character (3:1-17), including that of the person's adherents (4:18-25), and qualifying tests through which the person's character was proved (4:1-11). Such introductory comments set the tone for the whole of the work that would follow.
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