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How should one interpret the infancy narratives in Matthew and Luke? Or make sense of their apparent differences? Kelly delves into their origins, later embellishments, and such cultural trappings as crèches, pageants, trees, cards, and lots more. What does Emmanuel, "God with us," truly mean? 120 pages, softcover. Liturgical Press.
Format: Paperback Number of Pages: 120 Vendor: Liturgical Press Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.30 X 5.40 (inches) ISBN: 0814629482 ISBN-13: 9780814629482 Availability: Usually ships in 24-48 hours.
Kelly turns to the infancy narratives to see what the New Testament says about the Nativity. He also reveals that Christmas celebrations, cards, pageants, and crches are often combinations and embellishments of the gospel narratives.
Author Bio / Endorsements
Joseph F. Kelly, PhD, is professor of religious studies at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. He is author of The Origins of Christmas, An Introduction to the New Testament for Catholics, The Collegeville Church History Timeline, and The Ecumenical Councils (forthcoming), all published by Liturgical Press.
"Reading this book is like having Christmas year round! So much that we associate with Christmaswarmth, love, generosity, care for others, joycomes through the pages of this book. Kellys close reading of the first two chapters of Matthew and Lukes gospels makes links with Old Testament texts and biblical culture that open up the meaning of the nativity narratives in interesting and intriguing ways. This book helps us grasp more deeply that Jesus birth is not something we celebrate once a year but is an incarnated, saving presence among us every day."
-Joyce Ann Zimmerman, CPPS, Director, Institute for Liturgical Ministry, Dayton, Ohio
"Dr. Kellys book will help the reader to understand the gospel accounts of Jesus birth and to answer questions that might indicate confusion or seeming contradiction. The focus of the book is the historical and theological questions with brief pastoral reflections following each gospel passage in chapters three and four. The preface and Chapter One help the reader appreciate the book more by guiding the reader to the Bible citations and recommending helpful suggestions to better appreciate the book. The book is straightforward and colloquial without sacrificing literary accuracy and scholarly content. There is a logical progression of information that makes it easy to understand. Dr. Kellys books are an easy read. The book provides a proper contextthe risen Christfor understanding what we believe and why. Dr. Kelly helps us to determine what biographical information each of the evangelists provides about Jesus birth and how the evangelists incorporated the infancy narratives into their gospels. Dr. Kelly makes it clear that the gospels are not biographies, they are theological accounts of Jesus public career. Evangelists are believing Christians writing for other believing Christians. Each evangelist produced a Christology, a theology of Christ, each complementing the other."
-Margaret Lyons, Secretary for Education/Superintendent, Office of Catholic Education, Cleveland, Ohio
"The accounts of the birth of Jesus are only recorded in two of the four gospels, Matthew and Luke. The Birth of Jesus according to the Gospels examines the religious and political climate from which these texts emerged and in the process transports its readers into the first century where the familiar Christmas narratives are revealed as texts rich in theological meaning. After pondering the significance of these stories to the early Christians, the reader is guided through spiritual reflection on how the message of the nativity affects our world in the twenty first century. Dr. Kellys book is an ideal place to begin any Bible study. The journey is thought provoking and faith filled. It leaves the reader wanting more."
-Dianne Alaimo, Saint Leo University