In The First Christmas Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan, top Jesus scholars and authors of The Last Week, help us see the real Christmas story buried in the familiar Bible accounts. Basing their interpretations on the two nativity narratives in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, Borg and Crossan focus on the inner truth rather than the historical facts. The result is a clear and uplifting message of hope and peace. Readers will gain a fresh, deep, and new understanding of the nativity story, enabling them to better appreciate the powerful message of the Gospels.
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Frankly, I haven't read the book; it is a Christmas gift, but I have read many other books by John Domminic Crossan. He typically reveals that these stories were written before the age of enlightenment (17th C) at which time readers/hearers did not expect factual proof of events. They accepted explanations based on a three-tiered universe. We of the twenty-first century need to appreciate the difference in order to accept the stories for what they are and avoid forcing them into our literal frame of reference. Dr. Crossan will help do that.