The Birth of Jesus

The Birth of Jesus : Biblical and Theological Reflections

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What is the significance of the birth of Jesus for people today? This text examines the continuing significance of the birth for the third millennium, considering issues such as Jesus' circumcision and His DNA to the power of nativity stories and their symbolic efficacy.
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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 139.7 x 216 x 8.38mm | 185.97g
  • T.& T.Clark Ltd
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0567087565
  • 9780567087560

Table of contents

Introduction, George Brooke. Part 1 Jesus - fully Jewish and more: Yeshu/Yeshua ben Yosef of Nazareth - discerning the Jewish face of Jesus, Philip Alexander; Qumran - the cradle of the Christ?, George Brooke; uncovering the corona - a theology of circumcision, Graham Ward. Part 2 Jesus, fully human and more: the birth of Jesus and why Paul was in favour of it, Barry Matlock; DNA of our DNA, Arthur Peacocke. Part 3 Jesus, more than the full story: the value of being virginal - Mary and Anna in the Lukan infancy prologue, Todd Klutz; "the story" and "our stories" -narrative theology, vernacular religion and the birth of Jesus, Elaine Graham. Part 4 Jesus, fully symbolic and more: an iconological argument, Gerald Downing; nativity and natality, Grace Jantzen.
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"It has all the excitement of a smart wine-tasting party - or one of those buffets where everything on the tables is lovely and quite delightfully exotic, but oh so small." Methodist Recorder "The articles in this slim volume are the papers read at a Conference organised by the Department of Religions and Theology at the University of Manchester to mark the year 2000. The purpose of the day's symposium was to address the topic of the birth of Jesus from different disciplines " Proceedings of the Irish Biblical Association, 23 (2000) "Anyone who thinks that there is little new to be said about Jesus's birth should prepare to be roundly refuted by The Birth of Jesus These essays encompass a variety of approaches and perspectives - textual, philosophical, theological, and biological. Most a re highly accessible, drawing their examples from everything from high culture to popular religion this is an interesting and illuminating collection." The Expository Times, September 2001
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About George Brooke

George J. Brooke is Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis, University of Manchester (UK).
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