Tag Archives: Christmas

Ancient Jewish Traditions Concerning Angels (Draft for Ensign)

I recently posted on Facebook regarding a small contribution that I made to December’s Ensign magazine.  I had been invited a number of months ago to contribute to an article on angels that has now been published in this issue as “Angels We Have Heard.” The section based on information I provided is “Angels in […]

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Christmas Reading

I must start this post by saying that although I would have liked to, I don’t have any wonderful Christmas message to share.  I have been quite busy lately — but I still feel that Christmas spirit. It has been snowing here in St Andrews, and the snow has stayed (which I hear is rather […]

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Christmas: The Original Story, Part 2

In my last post, I commented on how Margaret Barker, in her new book, Christmas: The Original Story, successfully portrays the temple and its traditions as the background for understanding the Christmas story.  Jews/Early Christians who held on to the ancient traditions of the Temple of Solomon saw in the birth of Christ the fulfillment […]

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Christmas: The Original Story

I recently received a copy of Margaret Barker’s newest book, Christmas: The Original Story (SPCK, 2008), from a dear friend. As the book generally only ships from England, it is quite difficult yet to get a copy–some I am extra grateful to have had the opportunity to receive it and give it a thorough read. […]

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