Christmas Proclamation: A Meditation at Christmas

Thursday, 03 May 2007

In some ways, Christmas decontextualizes the historical Jesus more than any other time. We do not know at what time of the year he was born. There was almost definitely no snow on the ground in Judea. And there is no proof, beyond strong and early tradition, that Christ was born at Bethlehem. Even David Flusser, so normally reverent in his handling of the Gospels, thinks Christ was born at Nazareth. Yet I cannot give up on Christmas. Far from it, for Christmas captures basic elements in the centrifugal force of Jesus of Nazareth. It has for ...

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