In Christmas, the Original Story, Margaret Barker explores the nature of the Christmas stories and the nature and use of Old Testament prophecy. Beginning with John’s account, the book then goes on to include Luke and Matthew, the apocryphal gospels, and the traditions of the Coptic Church, throwing light on the wise men and their gifts, the character of Herod, Matthew’s use of prophecy, and the holy family in Egypt. This book also discusses the stories we get from the Infancy Gospel of Jesus and the development of the Orthodox Christmas icon, as well as the Christmas story and the Mary material in the Koran.
In the Logos edition, all Scripture passages in Christmas, the Original Story are tagged to original language texts and the English translation of your choice, which makes this resource more powerful and easier to access than ever before. With Logos’ advanced features, you can perform powerful searches by topic or Scripture reference—finding, for example, every mention of “Jesus” or “virgin birth.”
Margaret Barker is an independent biblical scholar who has been developing her Temple Theology for many years, most recently as the basis for a theology of the environment. She is a former president of the Society for Old Testament Study, a member of the Ecumenical Patriarch’s Symposium on Religion, Science and the Environment, and a Methodist local preacher.