The infancy narratives in Matthew and Luke represent a developed christology proclaimed through a reflection on the origin of Jesus. According to Father Brown these appealing stories of Jesus' birth and early life are the entire gospel story in miniature. The story of Jesus starts with the story of Israel. The infancy narratives are capsule summaries of the Old Testament and presuppose it as background. Thus they serve as a bridge between God's saving work in Israel and the fullness of the good news in Christ.