Christmas – "Good Tidings of Great Joy"
As we read the nativity chapters in Matthew and Luke, we can see how they tell that Jesus is the Son of God.
Luke’s nativity chapters evoke Old Testament people: Abraham, Sarah, the parents of Samson, Hannah, Isaiah, and Huldah. Seeing these parallels help the reader to recognize who Jesus is.
What on Earth are Swaddling Clothes? By John W. Welch
Mary’s use of swaddling bands signaled that her baby was well cared for. Swaddling bands are also symbolic, as they are referred to metaphorically regarding the creation of the earth in Job 38.
Are the Christmas stories in Matthew and Luke reconcilable? By John W. Welch
The Christmas stories of Matthew and Luke are very different. They tell us different things. Each has a different perspective, approach, and audience. But underlying their differences is an essential agreement on the ten most important points.
The Testimony of Luke, by S. Kent Brown
These four short excerpts point out aspects of the Luke narrative that may be overlooked: