Prophecy may not be a major factor in the way many moderns conceive of the Christmas story. But it was clearly a vital strain for both Luke and Matthew, who each took up that chorus and peppered their Nativity accounts with allusions and references to prophecies fulfilled by the birth of Jesus.

Both Matthew and Luke fill their Nativity account with prophecies from the Old Testament. Matthew does it editorially while Luke uses people to bring in the prophecies.

Author: Dale Hill

Dale Hill began teaching from the Bible and ministering to God's people more than 50 years ago. From the beginning his focus was on Peter's question, "How should we then live?" (2 Peter 3:11) Now, the richness of a life devoted to serving God and His people is being made available in print form so that many more believers will be able to benefit from Dale's ministry.

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