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Number of Pages: 250
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2006
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
Availability: In Stock
This is not simply a story of the past. Throughout the book, there are parallels that can be drawn for the reader today. Mary and Josephs journey is the journey of believers. They seek to obey God and await the coming of His Son. The wise men are also on a journey, seeking to grow closer to God. One man comes in full earnest, no matter what the hardship; one comes because of a friend; and one comes not wanting to leave behind the creature comforts of the world.
Nothing is more fascinating than the character portrayals of Mary and Joseph. Mary is an obedient, yet not perfect, young girl just arrived to womanhood. Responding in faith to the angel, she yields, but she is naïve as to how much this will affect her life. Joseph is a kind, devoted follower of God, who is severely disappointed when he learns that his bride-to-be is with child. He is very real; he thinks of genuine problems that he and Mary will have in rearing Jesus. The three wise men, the priest Zechariah and his aging wife Elizabeth, as well as King Herod, are also important to the story. Their personalities are well-developed, but not quite to the breadth of Mary and Josephs characters.
Unfortunately, in historical accuracy, the book follows more of the Christmas legend than the biblical account. Here are some things in the book which are popularly true, but do not have biblical validation: there are three wise men, Jesus is born in a stable, and Mary has no midwife in attendance at Jesus birth. These are traditionally true, but not backed-up by biblical accounts. There are other occurrences in The Nativity Story that some biblical scholars would deem completely inaccurate, such as the star, which the wise men follow, appearing before Jesus is born, and the wise men arriving in Bethlehem the night Jesus is born, whereas most scholars feel it was a few years later.
Despite some biblical inaccuracy, there is a rich, historic and cultural background rooted in Hebraic names for God and the customs of marriage, travel, and sacrifice. This cultural depth helps the reader experience and understand the characters while the movie-like sequencing of scenes makes the book interesting and fairly easy to read. For the ambitious reader, Hunt includes discussion questions along with an interview that includes background information about turning the screenplay into a book.
The Christmas story has been told many times, but The Nativity Story is a unique description. Even though it is tailored more toward the traditional Christmas story than the biblical Christmas story, it gives an interesting look into biblical characters as well as the culture background for the era into which Jesus was born. If looking for theological material, nothing beats the biblical story, but when trying to get an understanding of what the nativity characters could have experienced, The Nativity Story can be at the top of the list. Kristi Meyers, Christian Book Previews.com
Todd Reynolds5 Stars Out Of 5One of the best books I have read!November 19, 2011Todd ReynoldsQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5
What more can I say that has not already been stated by the other reviewers. However, since I enjoyed this book so much, I want to give it my accolades. When I read something like this with such descriptive detail in the writing, I am in ah... I cannot imagine writing like this, and seeing the historical, cultural and geographical details in the story, Angela Hunt must have spent hours and hours doing research. This book is written with such detail and emotion, that it pulls you into that era as if you are experiencing it alongside of Joseph and Mary. And although it is a fictional account of the biblical story, you know because of the authorâ€™s research, that all the events of their lives, probably happened pretty close to what is written. So if you think this is â€œjust another Christmas bookâ€ about the birth of Christ, you are so wrong! If you want to experience this journey of their lives leading up to the birth or our savior, I highly recommend you read this book. It was truly a blessing to my life.
KarenBoonville, INAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5April 1, 2011KarenBoonville, INAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5
I would recommend this book to everyone. It brings the nativity story into perspective. A real life view on the thoughts and emotions that Mary and Joseph experienced.
Eileen Bernier4 Stars Out Of 5February 16, 2011Eileen BernierQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5
This was the story of Jesus' birth....just like in the Bible. Even though I knew the story, it was an interesting read. It read like a novel. I really enjoyed the book and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to others.
Carol Terry-nickelClovis CAAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5ResourceFebruary 8, 2011Carol Terry-nickelClovis CAAge: Over 65Gender: female
I plean to use this little book to tell the story to a youg boy in my neighborhood who know very little of the true Christmas story. He often comes to visit with me and said he would like to hear the story.
ohio book readerMcConnelsville, OHAge: 18-24Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5February 8, 2011ohio book readerMcConnelsville, OHAge: 18-24Gender: female
Interesting to have this story put into a book like this- enjoyed the book.