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Drawing on the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, along with the Character Development of Joseph and Mary in the Nativity Story

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The 2006 film The Nativity Story, is a retelling of the birth of Jesus and the events surrounding it. The movie takes bits both from the Gospel of Matthew and the Gospel of Luke so as to make its narrative. The movie takes a number of its key scenes in addition to facets of both Mary and Joseph in the Bible. The benefit of utilizing both gospels as a basis for the movie is the fact that it allows for the double perspective of Mary and Joseph instead of being limited to one or another, also enables a more complete sense narrative. It then builds upon how the characters of Mary and Joseph are clarified in the two gospels by giving the audience the opportunity to connect with them in an individual level. One of the key scenes that is taken from Luke is Mary’s visit from Gabriel (Holy Bible: King James Version, Luke 1: 26 -37). Mary is sitting beneath a tree when Gabriel appears to her as a guy dressed in white. Gabriel starts to speak telling her that she's “found favour with God” and she “will give birth to a son and will call his name Jesus.” As in Luke Mary asks how it's possible as she has been without a man. Gabriel then explains to her that the Holy Spirit will come upon her and that the child is going to be the son of God. He tells her uncle Elizabeth’s maternity, then states “For nothing stated by God is impossible.” Mary subsequently proceeds to kneel before Gabriel and states “Let it be done to me according to a word.” The movie of course doesn't use the dialogue spoken between Gabriel and Mary word for word. It rather chooses to maintain a few important sections of what is spoken as its basis. The dialogue is kept shorter probably for the interest of the audience as the movie; even by focusing on key parts of dialogue from the gospels has a run time...

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