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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (226 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marcus J. Borg Narrator: John Pruden Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 Christ, peeling away the sentimentalism that has built up over the last 2,000 years around this most well known of all stories to reveal the truth of what the gospels actually say.

Borg and Crossan help us to see this well-known narrative afresh by answering the question, What do these stories mean? in the context of both the first century and the 21st century. They successfully show that the Christmas story, read in its original context, is far richer and more challenging than people imagine.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Deb | 2/7/2014

    " Another interesting offering from Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan. I am one of those who take the Bible seriously, but not literally. I would be interested in the reactions to this book of folks who are encountering these theologians for the first time. I don't think I learned anything brand new, perhaps just stated a little differently. The stories are not diminished in any way. In fact I feel as though the truth of the stories are enriched and enhanced. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Thomas | 2/1/2014

    " At some points it gets tough to wade through, but it is an admirable task - unpacking the meaning behind the Christmas stories in the New Testament. Given that most of the stuff in the traditional Christmas story probably never happened (census, trip to Bethlehem, wise men, star, shepherds, etc.), this attempts to understand WHY those stories were told - What is the symbolism and meaning of those stories and how are they relevant today? The authors present the information in a way that they hope will be useful to both people who believe the events described actually happened and those who realize that it probably wasn't that way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Angie | 1/27/2014

    " I liked how the authors drew out the parabolic nature of the Christmas stories within Mark and Luke. It gave me some good food for thought during this season. The authors also have a similar book called The Last Week for the Easter season that i would like to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mari | 1/24/2014

    " Chapter 9 is very thought-provoking. "

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