The First Christmas: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus's Birth

Paperback | October 6, 2009

byMarcus J. Borg, John Dominic Crossan

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“Who could argue with the message the authors draw from the Bible’s Christmas stories? Light in the darkest time of the year, hope in a period of creeping despair—these are powerful and universal themes that can give everyone a stake in Christmas.”
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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 literal story—the inner truth rather than the historical facts—to offer a clear and uplifting message of hope and peace. With The First Christmas readers get a fresh, deep, and new understanding of the nativity story, enabling us to better appreciate the powerful message of the Gospels.<_o3a_p>

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“Who could argue with the message the authors draw from the Bible’s Christmas stories? Light in the darkest time of the year, hope in a period of creeping despair—these are powerful and universal themes that can give everyone a stake in Christmas.”—USA Today In The First Christmas Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan—top Jesus schol...

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In The First Christmas, two of today's top Jesus scholars, Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan, join forces to show how history has biased our reading of the nativity story as it appears in the gospels of Matthew and Luke. As they did for Easter in their previous book, The Last Week, here they explore the beginning of the life of C...

Marcus J. Borg (1942–2015) was a pioneering author and teacher whom theNew York Timesdescribed as "a leading figure in his generation of Jesus scholars." He was the Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University and canon theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, and he appeared on NBC's...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.61 inPublished:October 6, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A significant book for understanding the origins of Christianity This is an amazing book by two well known and well respected biblical scholars. They make a strong case that what the Gospel writers were writing was not history as we understand it, but about a theology to counter the theology of ancient Rome. Borg and Crossan help us to find new meaning in the ancient stories of Jesus birth.
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“With meticulous scholarship and accessible language, “The first Christmas”... uncover(s) the genuine meaning of...the Birth of Jesus.”