The familiar Christmas story, including the virgin conception and birth of Jesus, is found only in the gospels of Matthew and Luke.
You should ask yourself: How come this miraculous event isn’t mentioned at all in the rest of the New Testament?
Therefore it can’t be dismissed that the details of the Nativity story are kind of interpolations, i.e. information added later on to underline and emphasize Jesus’ divine origin. (Maybe that’s why Matthew and Luke have inconsistent details in their Native stories. for example contradictory genealogies. Different story lines usually give us different details backing up the same story.
In this same article you can also read about the origin of angels. How our views of the angels have shifted throughout the angelic history (from being gods to becoming aides and messengers to the one God in Heaven).
Valerie Tarico interviews Dr. Tony Nugent, scholar of world religions. Dr. Nugent is a symbologist, an expert in ancient symbols. He taught at Seattle University for fifteen years in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies and is an ordained Presbyterian minister.
Many Americans have heard that December 25 was a birthday of Roman gods long before it was chosen to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Some people also know that our delightful mélange of Christmas festivities originated in ancient Norse, Roman and Druid traditions – or, in the case of Rudolph, on Madison Avenue. But where does the Christmas story itself come from: Jesus in the manger, the angels and wise men?
Nugent: The familiar Christmas story, including the virgin conception and birth of Jesus, is found in the gospels of Matthew and Luke. Scholars have pointed out that these stories are somewhat disconnected from other parts of…
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