#1642

2019-12-25

The Mystery of the Magi, part 2

With Dwight Longenecker

The annual Christmas holiday has layers and layers of tradition that have accumulated over 2,000 years but in recent years we have tried to strip away some of the tradition and go back to the story of the birth of Jesus from the Gospels, particularly Matthew and Luke, and for some reason we've focused on the story of the Wise Men a lot in recent years. Dwight Longenecker, the author of a new book called The Mystery of the Magi, digs into this unusual story from Matthew's Gospel and suggests that these Wise Men did not come from Persia, which was quite distant from Jerusalem and Bethlehem, but rather from the Kingdom of Nabatea, which was right across the Dead Sea.

tags: Magi Wise Men Persia Nabatea Petra Aretas

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#1641

2019-12-24

The Mystery of the Magi

With Dwight Longenecker

The annual Christmas holiday has layers and layers of tradition that have accumulated over 2,000 years but in recent years we have tried to strip away some of the tradition and go back to the story of the birth of Jesus from the Gospels, particularly Matthew and Luke, and for some reason we've focused on the story of the Wise Men a lot in recent years. Dwight Longenecker, the author of a new book called The Mystery of the Magi, digs into this unusual story from Matthew's Gospel and suggests that these Wise Men did not come from Persia, which was quite distant from Jerusalem and Bethlehem, but rather from the Kingdom of Nabatea, which was right across the Dead Sea.

tags: Magi Wise Men Persia Nabatea Petra Aretas

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#1408

2013-12-25

Christmas - Back to the Basics, part 2

With Kenneth Bailey

Christmas comes to us laden with 2,000 years of tradition. Although the traditions are often aimed at helping us become more familiar with the holiday, they sometimes obscure the basic account of the gospels. Kenneth Bailey is the author of Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes (published by InterVarsity Press), which is based on 40 years of living and teaching in the Middle East.

tags: Bethlehem Christmas tradition

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#1407

2013-12-18

Christmas - Back to the Basics

With Kenneth Bailey

Christmas comes to us laden with 2,000 years of tradition. Although the traditions are often aimed at helping us become more familiar with the holiday, they sometimes obscure the basic account of the gospels. Kenneth Bailey is the author of Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes (published by InterVarsity Press), which is based on 40 years of living and teaching in the Middle East. In this 2-part interview Bailey helps us understand the basics of the biblical account of Jesus’ birth in the gospels, and the significance of some of the details that tradition has misunderstood. He frees Bethlehem innkeepers from the unfair stigma that they have borne for centuries.

tags: Bethlehem Christmas tradition

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#1309

2011-12-21

Churches of the Holyland

With Tikva Levine

For the Christmas and Hanukkah season we’ve reached into the archives and retrieved a program that came out of our 1994 Book & The Spade Holyland tour. It’s a quick visit to some of the most well known churches in the Holyland, churches at locations associated with the life of Jesus Christ. Our tour guide, archaeologist Tikva Levine, shares information on the historical background of these churches.

tags: Church of the Nativity Bethlehem Church of the Annunciation Nazareth Church of the Holy Sepulchre Church of All Nations

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