That’s the title of one of the articles in the upcoming (Nov-Dec) issue of Bible Study Magazine. As many of you know, I am the Academic Editor for the magazine. I don’t make a habit of plugging work stuff on the blog, but this is a cool article that may provide some seasonal Bible Study / sermon fodder for some of you. Some good information for making the Christmas story “less familiar” (!). While untold numbers have heard the story of the birth of Jesus or seen it re-enacted, did you realize:
(1) The *only* birth account we have for Jesus comes from Luke 2:1-7? The Gospel of Matthew has no birth account (just the announcement of the angel, and then skips ahead to the wise men account “after Jesus was born”). Mark and John don’t even have that. It’s just Luke.
(2) Luke never mentions a barn (or cave) in which Mary gives birth? That items is simply inferred from the word “manger.”
(3) The word Luke uses for where Mary and Joseph wind up is the same word as he uses for the place where the Last Supper was held? He wasn’t talking about a barn or a stable, folks.