Genealogy of Jesus (Matthew: 1–17)

Statement of intention of his gospel addressed to “most excellent Theophilus” (Luke 1:1–4) (Genealogy only appears in 3:23–38, when Jesus is 30 years old)

Promise of John’s Birth

Not included in Matthew

Gabriel appears to Zechariah to tell him that his aged and barren wife Elizabeth will bear a son. Elizabeth conceives. (Luke 1:5–25)

The Annunciation

Not included in Matthew

Gabriel appears to the Virgin Mary in Nazareth to tell her she will conceive a son who will be called Jesus. Mary is told about Elizabeth’s conception (Luke 1:26–38)

Mary visits Elizabeth

Not included in Matthew

Mary visits Elizabeth and remains with her three months. (Luke 1:39–56)

Birth of John the Baptist

Not included in Matthew

Elizabeth bears a son who is named John. (Luke 1:57–80)

Birth of Jesus

Mary bears son as fulfillment of prophecy. (Text does not explain how Mary came to Bethlehem.) He is named Jesus. (Matthew 1:18–25)

Mary and Joseph leave Nazareth and go to Bethlehem. Son is born in a manger because there is no room in the inn. (Luke 2:1–7)

Vist of the Magi

Wise men from east come to Jerusalem. Summoned by King Herod. Herod tells them to bring word to him of where the child has been born in Bethlehem. The wise men find Mary and the child and bring their gifts to him. But they do not return to Herod. (Matthew 2:1–12)

Not included in Luke

Visit of the Shepherds

Not included in Matthew

An angel appears to the shepherds in the field and tells them of the birth of the child in Bethlehem. The shepherds find Mary and Joseph and the baby in the manger. (Luke 2:8–20)

Flight to Egypt

Joseph, fearing that Herod win destroy Jesus, flees with his family to Egypt. Herod, in rage, orders all male children two years and younger in Bethlehem to be killed. After Herod’s death, Joseph returns with his family to Nazareth. (Matthew 2:13–23)

Not included in Luke

Circumcision of Jesus

Not included in Matthew

At the age of eight days, the baby is circumcised and named Jesus. (Luke 2:21)

Presentation in the Temple

Not included in Matthew

Joseph and Mary bring Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem to present him as their firstborn and to offer sacrifices. They are blessed by Simeon. The prophetess Anna thanks God when she Jesus. Jesus, Mary and Joseph return to Nazareth. (Luke 2:22–40)

Jesus at 12 years

Not included in Matthew

Jesus goes up to Jerusalem with his parents for Passover. He lingers for 3 days in the Temple listening and questioning the teachers, who are amazed at his understanding. Jesus returns with Joseph and Mary to Nazareth. (Luke 2:41–52)