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The True Meaning of Christmas: The Birth of Jesus and the Origins of the Season (Hardcover)

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What does the Bible really say about the birth of Jesus? How did the celebration of Christmas become associated with things like Santa Claus and decorated trees? In The True Meaning of Christmas: The Birth of Jesus and the Origins of the Season, biblical scholar Michael Patrick Barber offers an inspiring look at the Bible's accounts of Jesus' birth and the development of the Christmas season. Along the way, he answers numerous questions, including:



How is the Christmas story related to ancient Jewish expectations?
Why is Jesus said to be laid in a "manger"?
Who are the Magi?
What is the mysterious Christmas star?
How did December 25th become the date of Christmas?
How did Saint Nicholas become "Santa Claus"?


As Dr. Barber will show, to find our way "home" at Christmas, we need to first return to Christmas's home in the story of the Bible. Only by carefully reflecting on the stories of Jesus' birth can we hope to celebrate Christmas in the way it is meant to be celebrated and discover the real joy it promises!

About the Author


Michael Patrick Barber is Professor of Sacred Scripture and Theology at the Augustine Institute Graduate School of Theology. He has written various books and scholarly articles on biblical studies and theology. He lives in Aurora, CO, with his wife, Kimberly, and their six children. He can be found online at www.TheSacredPage.com.



Product Details
ISBN: 9781950939848
ISBN-10: 1950939847
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Publication Date: November 15th, 2021
Pages: 190
Language: English