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

The First Christmas What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus s Birth The perfect follow up to The Last Week Borg and Crossan s The First Christmas is an account of the two nativity narratives in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke Borg and Crossan focus on discovering the

  • Title: The First Christmas: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus's Birth
  • Author: Marcus J. Borg John Dominic Crossan
  • ISBN: 9780061430701
  • Page: 438
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The perfect follow up to The Last Week, Borg and Crossan s The First Christmas is an account of the two nativity narratives in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke Borg and Crossan focus on discovering the actual literary story that the Gospels tell Borg and Crossan feel that history has biased our readings of these texts we are all so familiar with the nativity story that wThe perfect follow up to The Last Week, Borg and Crossan s The First Christmas is an account of the two nativity narratives in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke Borg and Crossan focus on discovering the actual literary story that the Gospels tell Borg and Crossan feel that history has biased our readings of these texts we are all so familiar with the nativity story that we don t really hear it any The First Christmas will help us see the nativity story afresh and be able to appreciate the powerful message the Gospels contain.

    The First Christmas Celebration Recorded in History This day, December , , is the first recorded celebration of Christmas For the first three hundred years of the church s existence, birthdays were not given much emphasis not even the birth of Christ The day on which a saint died was considered significant than his or her birth, as it ushered him or her into the kingdom of heaven. When Was the First Christmas December th Winter When Was the First Christmas by D.M Murdock Acharya S For the past nearly , years, a significant portion of the Western world has celebrated the day of December th as the birth of the divine Son of God and Savior Jesus Christ. The First Christmas The Story of the First Christmas Snow Dec , Directed by Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. With Angela Lansbury, Cyril Ritchard, David Kelley, Dina Lynn A young shepherd, Lucas, is blinded by lightening, and some kindly nuns at a nearby abbey take him in Sister Catherine describes snow to Lucas, who has never seen it Lucas gets chosen to play an angel in the abbey s Christmas pageant, and the Christmas snow that falls during the The First Christmas The Story of the First Christmas Snow The First Christmas The Story of the First Christmas Snow is a Christmas stop motion animated television special produced by Rankin Bass Productions which originally premiered on NBC on December , . The First Christmas What the Gospels Really Teach About The First Christmas What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus s Birth Marcus J Borg, John Dominic Crossan on FREE shipping on qualifying offers In The First Christmas , two of today s top Jesus scholars, Marcus J Borg and John Dominic Crossan The First Christmas The Story of Jesus Birth in History The time honored traditions of Christmas are dear to the hearts of Christians today The story of the first Christmas recaptures the imagination as it is retold year after year in Bible readings, carols, Christmas pageants, live manger scenes and crche displays, to name a few.

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    1. Marcus J. Borg John Dominic Crossan

      Borg was born into a Lutheran family of Swedish and Norwegian descent, the youngest of four children He grew up in the 1940s in North Dakota and attended Concordia College, Moorhead, a small liberal arts school in Moorhead, Minnesota While at Moorhead he was a columnist for the school paper and held forth as a conservative After a close reading of the Book of Amos and its overt message of social equality he immediately began writing with an increasingly liberal stance and was eventually invited to discontinue writing his articles due to his new found liberalism He did graduate work at Union Theological Seminary and obtained masters and DPhil degrees at Oxford under G B Caird Anglican bishop N.T Wright had studied under the same professor and many years later Borg and Wright were to share in co authoring The Meaning of Jesus Two Visions, an amicable study in contrast Following a period of religious questioning in his mid thirties, and numinous experiences similar to those described by Rudolf Otto, Borg became active in the Episcopal Church, in which his wife, the Reverend Canon Marianne Wells Borg, serves as a priest and directs a spiritual development program at the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Portland, Oregon On May 31, 2009, Borg was installed as the first canon theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.Marcus J Borg is Canon Theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, OR Internationally known in both academic and church circles as a biblical and Jesus scholar, he was Hundere Chair of Religion and Culture in the Philosophy Department at Oregon State University until his retirement in 2007.Described by The New York Times as a leading figure in his generation of Jesus scholars, he has appeared on NBC s Today Show and Dateline, PBS s Newshour, ABC s Evening News and Prime Time with Peter Jennings, NPR s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and several National Geographic programs A Fellow of the Jesus Seminar, he has been national chair of the Historical Jesus Section of the Society of Biblical Literature and co chair of its International New Testament Program Committee, and is past president of the Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars His work has been translated into eleven languages German, Dutch, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Indonesian, Italian, Spanish, Portugese, Russian, and French His doctor s degree is from Oxford University, and he has lectured widely overseas England, Scotland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Hungary, Israel and South Africa and in North America, including the Chautauqua and Smithsonian Institutions.

    243 thoughts on “The First Christmas: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus's Birth”

    1. I picked up this book because it was Advent and I wanted something thematically appropriate, I recognized Crossan's name from countless NatGeo and History documentaries, and it was on sale. It turned out to be a better book than I thought it'd be, although I have a feeling it may be a bit controversial to some Christians.Borg and Crossan's basic premise for the book is that people know the story of the first Christmas mostly from hearsay and popular culture, rather than from the actual biblical [...]


    2. I didn't do research on the authors when I picked this book, so when it started out with the theory that the Christmas story is a parable and everyone in it a fictional character, that was a head scratcher. I hit Google and learned the authors are associated with the Jesus Seminar. Ah. That explains things. But despite being seriously theologically mismatched, I kept reading. Though I completely disagree with the driving premise, there is still some interesting info in the book. For example, nea [...]


    3. Thanks to Huston Smith for the phrase "fact fundamentalism," which describes the post-Enlightenment, empirical worldview that if something isn't factually true, then it isn't true at all. We see fact fundamentalists in conservative Christianity and in atheism. Both camps believe a story is true only if it is factual. What we've lost is the more-than-literal meaning, which was once assumed, is not bound to facts, and is also truth.Apply this to the nativity stories and our choice is not between f [...]


    4. They're trying too hard. The parallels with the contemporary material written about Caesar Augustus were very interesting. Augustus was called all the same epithets: son of god, savior (for having ended the civil war), etc. [A friend also keyed me into Julius's adoption of then Octavian rewrote the family tree, which takes the tarnish off of the genealogy of Jesus - if Joseph adopts him, he gets Joseph's family tree. Fine, I'm all down wid dat.]Although they go in depth defining some terms (euan [...]


    5. The Sunday School class at Highland Presbyterian Church is reading this book, and my biggest question is, For whom is this book intended? Marcus J. Borg, a New Testament scholar and a professor emeritus from Oregon State University, and John Dominic Crossan, another New Testament scholar who co-chaired the Jesus Seminar, which looked into the historical Jesus, authored the book, which led me to have, perhaps, too high hopes for the book. The material seems a bit -- how can I phrase this tactfull [...]


    6. ini buku memang ditujukan untuk kaum awamnyak keterangan yang direntang-rentang, demikian pula istilah-istilah asing dan etimologinya perlu diterangkan lagi. mungkin lebay, tapi ya memang itu diperlukan untuk jenis audiens pembacanya yang umum tadiya memang penggemar tulisan kedua orang ini. yang satu mantan imam dan satunya teolog protestan. keduanya berada dalam satu kubu dalam melakukan studi tentang "the historical jesus".buku ini salah satu dari kolaborasi mereka berdua, tentang kisah kelah [...]


    7. This one isn't as interesting as the pair's previous book on Easter, The Last Week, but that is mostly due to the source material - two of the gospels don't cover the nativity at all and the other two (which contain two rather different accounts) don't spend all that much time on it. But it's still worth a read if one wants to look at the subject from their usual Progressive Christian perspective - viewing the text as parabolic narrative, close attention to context and how the audience at the ti [...]


    8. This book is a fine introduction to the basic theology of Christmas. Treating the birth narratives in the gospels as myth rather than fact - which is rather obviously the case - Borg and Crossan ask us to consider what theological truth lies behind these powerful metaphorical narratives.Of particular interest is the fact that Borg and Crossan explain in great detail the deliberate contrast between Jesus and his kingdom of peace through justice - and Caesar and his kingdom of peace through conque [...]


    9. If you are looking to reconstruct your thoughts about Christmas, if you've lost your faith and the deconstructed bricks are lying in a messy pile around you, this is the tool with which to examine those bricks and build anew with fresh insight.For example: where just a couple years ago I would have dismissed an image of the crucifixion with a thought that "yeah, hundreds, thousands of people died by crucifixion, so what? Let's not glorify one man and forget all those others", now instead I see a [...]


    10. A tidy little book on the historical and literary context of the Christmas narratives told in the Bible. It's surprising to see the details parsed out and see how much we conflate. Ultimately, the author's aren't interested in what "happened," since there's so little you can say with confidence. They aim to ask why the narrative would be written the way it is. Considering the season, I'm glad I gave this one the time it deserves. Thoroughly recommended for anyone interested in hearing about the [...]


    11. I don't always agree with his conclusions, but I have found every book by Marcus Borg deeply fascinating. This book is no exception, putting the Christmas story in a deeper historical and theological light. Forcing us to remember it's context with the Old Testament and the greater world of the First Century. Remove the sappy holiday trappings from the nativity story and remember the greater import that the Gospel narratives hold


    12. As usual, John Dominic Crossan and Marcos Borg illuminate what we get wrong about Jesus--here dealing with his infancy story--and moves that narrative past the simple Christmas of our popular imagination. It is instead a powerful story of peace, justice, and the importance of those on society's bottom rung.


    13. Just another Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan explication of what it is to be a Christian in the times we live in. Full of surprises to those who do not know of the real stories and truths of the Christmas story.You can't go wrong with this read


    14. The perfect reading for this time of year, in between all the bits and pieces of all of the different kinds of preparation.



    15. Opened my mind for an entirely new way of understanding just how radical Jesus was and, for that matter, still is.



    16. I have read this book during Advent for the past few years. I appreciate understanding more about parables and about the influence of the Enlightenment on just about all of us. I get a little bogged down in the middle third of the book when nearly every sentence is followed by a scripture citation. Even though I usually keep a Bible on hand as I read the book, I find myself juggling the two books during that part of the book. Doing so tires me, slows me down to glacial reading speed, and discour [...]


    17. Borg and Crossan make a lot of claims about the childhood of Jesus, but without much supporting evidence. Many of their most controversial claims aren't documented. The entire book has eight endnotes, taking up only a portion of one page (259).They write:"The issue of the factuality of the birth stories is recent, the product of the last few hundred years. In earlier centuries, their factuality was not a concern for Christians. Rather, the truth of these stories (including their factual truth) w [...]


    18. In this fascinating little book, Borg and Crossan explore the historical meaning behind the birth-of-Jesus story. They first point out the factual differences between Matthew's and Luke's versions of the birth story. Then they explain how, after the Enlightenment, many people want everything to be either literally true or false. Many Christians are in denial of the "factual inconsistencies" in the Bible, and the ones who are aware of the inconsistencies often feel a little uncomfortable and don' [...]


    19. The message here is the same as Borg's message always is: we may need to re-interpret what scriptures mean for us today, but first we have to understand what they meant to the people who wrote them. What were their concerns, their fears, their problems, the points they were trying to make, and why?In that context, Borg, as always, does a masterful job of distilling complex, detailed literary-historical-archaeological scholarship into readable materials that any lay person can understand.By contr [...]


    20. Borg and Crossan collaborate again, this time to discuss the beginning of the Gospel story. I think this is a great partnership, as Borg softens and adds richness to Crossan's scholarship. The two play off each others' strengths. Nevertheless, I don't think this is their best effort; I enjoyed both The Last Week and The First Paul a bit more.The Christmas Story, formed by splicing together two of the Bible's birth narratives, is a story of joy. (We all rightfully eschew the Bible's third birth s [...]


    21. I really wanted to like this book. I tried very hard to like this book. But in the end, I just couldn't. The premise is interesting (though unfulfilled, more on that in a minute). The authors make the case that arguing over the facts of Jesus's birth is largely a waste of time. It's better, and more meaningful, to set aside the debate over fact and instead explore the meaning of the Christmas stories. Fact or not, what do they tell us today, and why do they tell us this?While I didn't fully agre [...]


    22. interesting comparison of the 2 christmas stories in Luke and Matthew and pagan mythology. rest of the argument about the reasons the authors included what they did and how that related to the Roman Empire and Christ's place in it. boring


    23. “[S:]tories of Jesus’ birth were not of major importance to earliest Christianity. Mark wrote a gospel without referring to Jesus’ birth, as John later did. Though the end of Jesus’ life – his crucifixion and resurrection – are utterly central to Paul, he say nothing about how his life began.…[T:]he reason that references to a special birth do not appear in the earliest Christian writings is either because the stories did not yet exist or because they were still in the process of f [...]


    24. Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan successfully argue that the discrepancies found between Luke and Matthew's Christmas stories are only problematic should one chose to take the biblical narratives literally rather than allegorically. Through a careful analysis of language and symbolic representation, Borg and Crossan reveal how Matthew and Luke both see Jesus Christ as the fulfillment of God's promise to Israel, but communicate this message via different genealogies and troping of the Old Tes [...]


    25. This may be a weird book for an atheist to read. But despite my beliefs, I am quite interested in religious ideas. Having read the authors' The First Paul, which I found to be quite intriguing, a very interesting take on Paul's theology, I was curious how they would approach the birth stories of Jesus. They definitely didn't disappoint. I found them to be quite honest about the historical situation. Their main point was that the stories were to be read as parables. The important thing was to inv [...]


    26. As with every Crossan/and, or/Borg book, this book was a very enjoyable and interesting read, with excellent insights and fair analysis of texts. And as with every Crossan/and, or/Borg book, the most controversial of their claims also happen to come with the least support and evidence. So many of their observations about the texts, and the stories of Christmas, unlock interesting insights into these texts that are revealing to understanding the intentions of the writers and the situations in whi [...]


    27. This was a very interesting book to read at Christmas time. I'm really glad I read most of it before the Christmas season started. It certainly has made church interesting these last few weeks. Basically, this book starts off with the Christmas story according to Matthew and then the Christmas story according to Luke. The authors compare and contrast how the two stories are different and how they are the same. It is amazing how different the two stories are and how the church has traditionally w [...]


    28. I bought this book as a Kindle book. Had I seen it in a bookstore and been able to look through the entire book, I would not have bought it. I thought it might be a useful guide for an Advent study. The first bit might be, the part I was allowed to view on . However, it quickly moved from a Bible study to a historical study. Some parts of the book are good and useful, hence the two-star rating rather than a one-star. However, the book went places I'm not sure I want to go and is full of half-tru [...]


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