Tuesday, December 18, 2018

John Dominic Crossan – The Birth of Jesus- The First Christmas, Meaning for Today

 Basing their interpretations on the two nativity narratives in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, separate narratives with different purposes, Borg and Crossan focus on the inner truth rather than the historical facts that have great meaning for today.

I just finished reading The First Christmas by Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan.  I highly recommend this book as an inspirational and scholarly reflection on the meaning of the birth of Jesus for today:
"Jesus, according to both Matthew and Luke, is the fulfillment of the Law and the prophets. He decisively reveals and incarnates the presence of God as disclosed in the Law and the Prophets- the promise and hope for a very different world from the world of Pharaoh and Caesar, the world of domination and empire."

 This book offers new insights, makes the connections with the ancient sacred stories in the Old Testament that affirm the meaning of Jesus' birth for the early Christian community and for the 21st century. It is an interesting and readable book that both inspires and challenges us today. Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP,

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