Mary, Joseph and the Angel

Joseph Wallack


Luke 1: (KJV)

28 “And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.”

Compare to Matthew:

1:20: (KJV) “But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.”

Luke says the angel appeared to Mary while Matthew says the angel appeared to Joseph.

Luke and Matthew’s problem here is that they didn’t have an infancy narrative in “Mark” to follow.

As “Luke” was likely written after “Matthew” the more natural elements of the story become increasingly supernatural. Matthew’s angel in a dream becomes a live angel in Luke who even has a name.