- New insights into the Christmas story
- What is historically true and what has been added over time
- Based on research in ancient texts and Jerusalem
- Context of geography, history, politics and culture
- Deepens the beauty and enriches the reality of the Christmas story
Many of these “extras,” however, were conditioned by later cultural assumptions and colored by devotions removed from historical reality. What are the true circumstances of the birth of Jesus Christ? What was Bethlehem like at the time of Jesus’ birth, and why was the little village so important? How did Joseph and Mary meet, and why did they travel to Bethlehem? Were they really homeless the night Jesus was born?
Was there an inn, a “No vacancy” sign, and a grumpy innkeeper? Who were the shepherds, why were the manger and the swaddling clothes a “sign” to them, and why were they so important to St. Luke? After completing The Mystery of the Magi — his groundbreaking study of the wise men, Fr. Dwight Longenecker took a sabbatical in Jerusalem to study the ancient texts and the geography, history, politics, and culture of the time.
He added his own firsthand visit to present-day Bethlehem shepherds in order to unlock “the secret of the Bethlehem shepherds.” This little book sheds new light on an old, old story, deepening its beauty and enriching your Advent and Christmas celebrations for years to come.
- Author: Fr. Dwight Longenecker
- Pages: 144
- Format: Paperback