The Traditional Christmas Story

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It is though provoking to learn that many of the traditional beliefs that have implanted since I began learning about religion are inaccurate. Everyday, I have the opportunity to explore and broaden my perspective on the Catholic Bible. The information I have acquired still continues to question faith and facts. My knowledge of the Bible, continues to be altered every class. The traditional Christmas story that most of us have been brought up with is the one with Jesus being born in a stable in Bethlehem in Judea, the shepherds and the wise men. Is this the accurate interpretation of the nativity story? After analyzing the text closely, critical scholars have realized that, the interpretation of this story is inaccurate. Luke 2:7 says and she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a …show more content…
Most readers would conclude that Jesus was born in manger by this text. By examining what the Bible actually says about the Jesus’s birth, we realize that he was born in Joseph’s house. The Magi’s did exist but they had gone to the house as well. It was a surprising revelation of the story and my perception of this celebration has been changed. The conventional nativity story makes a great Christmas story, but I believe Catholics should be educated and well informed of the actual context of the text. After almost eighteen years of being taught a certain way, it is arduous to learn that I was being taught an inaccurate exposition of the Nativity story.
Moreover, we analyzed books that are part of the New Testament. We began by studying the Gospels in depth. I learned that Mark is the oldest and the shortest Gospel written in the 80s while Mathew and Luke’s Gospels were written around the 100s. Mark has a short and long ending. Before these were written; copies and

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