Professor Reza Aslan believes Gospel writers, Matthew and Luke, were making up narratives about Jesus in order to fit what they believed to be prophecies in the Hebrew Scriptures about the Messiah.
Matthew has Jesus flee to
to escape Herod's massacre not because it happened, but because it fulfills the
words of the prophet Hosea: "Out of I have called my son"
(Hosea 11:1). Egypt
Luke places Jesus's birth inZealot, The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, Reza Aslan, The Westbourne Press p32-33
not because it took place there, but because of the words of the prophet Micah:
"And you Bethlehem...from you shall come to
me a ruler in "
(Micah 5:2). Israel
Using the New Testament as an inerrant record and a wholly faithful transmission of Jesus's teachings and his life is not an approach I would encourage. I believe we must look to Islam to understand Jesus (p) and his teachings fully.
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