We get the third version of the Jesus chronicles. Rashomon anyone? Just kidding, Luke tells the same story as Matthew and Mark.
So far, Luke seems (to me) to be a better storyteller. It's nice to get a little more background on Jesus.
I'm amused and confused by chapter 2. Mary and Joseph don't notice that their 12 year old kid isn't with them on the way home?!?! Someone call DCFS!
Then we get this line from Jesus in the temple;
2:49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?
It's my understanding from reading Matthew and Mark that Jesus didn't know he was the son of God until he was baptized by John.
We do get a ton of historical references, which some state is proof that the events in the book are real. But we have to keep in mind that these gospels were written well after the events occurred and these names could have been inserted to add credibility.
The last part of chapter three gives us another asinine listing of begats. Useless information.
While reading chapter five, I was struck by something that I didn't pick up on while reading Matthew and Mark. The story of the fishermen Peter, James and John seems more like one of Jesus' parable and less like an actual event. Did the author(s) confuse the fiction with the non-fiction? Was it lost over the time between the life of Jesus and the writing of the books?