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“The diverse origins of Christmas will come as a fascinating surprise to most who know only the Sunday school version of the Christmas from their childhoods. . . . Very highly recommended and informative reading.”
Midwest Book Review
|Chapter 1||The Birth of Jesus||1|
|Chapter 2||Creating the Christmas Story||31|
|Chapter 3||Creating Christmas Day and the Christmas Season||53|
|Chapter 4||Jesus, Mary, the Magi, and an Obscure Asian Bishop||79|
|Chapter 5||The Popular Acceptance of Christmas||111|
|Appendix||The Gospel Infancy Narratives||131|
Posted November 22, 2005
I am only commenting on the first few chapters of The Origins of Christmas, as I cannot continue reading the book. From page one, the book has a revisionist slant. The book insinuates, sometimes asserts, that the Gospel of Luke was purposely written to fit Old Testament parallels, that the Gospel of Matthew was not written by the apostle Matthew, and that the Magi and star were invented for the Nativity story. All of these points are contrary to tradition. This work takes the minority and often radical view among theologians. If you are looking to deepen your faith as a Christian, I would not recommend this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 10, 2008
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