Was the Birth of Jesus According to Scripture?
Each Christmas, the birth of Jesus is celebrated through carols, Bible readings, and nativity plays. The angelic announcements to Mary and Elizabeth, Jesus' birth in a manger, and the gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh are some of the best-known...
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Each Christmas, the birth of Jesus is celebrated through carols, Bible readings, and nativity plays. The angelic announcements to Mary and Elizabeth, Jesus' birth in a manger, and the gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh are some of the best-known stories in the Bible. But did they really happen? And were they predicted by Israel's prophets, as the Bible claims? Steve Moyise suggests that the clue to answering these questions is to understand how Israel's Scriptures were being interpreted in Jesus' day. Was Isaiah thinking of a virgin birth when he uttered his famous prophecy (Isa 7:14), or is that a later Christian interpretation? Was there a star that led the magi to Bethlehem or should the story be taken symbolically? These and other questions are fully explored and the results are sometimes surprising.
Steve Moyise (Ph.D., University of Birmingham) is professor of New Testament at the University of Chichester. He is author of The Old Testament in the Book of Revelation; The Old Testament in the New and Evoking Scripture: Seeing the Old Testament in the New. He is also coeditor with Maarten Menken of a series exploring the way particular Old Testament books are used in the New Testament, including Psalms in the New Testament; Isaiah in the New Testament; Deuteronomy in the New Testament, and The Minor Prophets in the New Testament.
Most recently he has produced Jesus and Scripture and Paul and Scripture: Studying the New Testament Use of the Old Testament.