The Birth of the Messiah


The Birth of the Messiah


1557 Tintoretto painting of Matthew and Luke, two of the four Evangelists whose gospels were accepted as part of the New Testament canon in the early Church. Written around the same time (70-90CE) but in two different regions, Matthew and Luke probably did not know about each other. They both contain a rich and distinct infancy narrative on which the Christmas story is based.

The Nativity story is often depicted as a warm and intimate family experience with Mary and Joseph welcoming their firstborn as kings and shepherds pay their respects. But it was much more than that. Using the most up-to-date Biblical and archeological scholarship, The Birth of the Messiah goes deeper into the traditional tales found in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke to reveal the words, symbols and characters that changed the course of human history.

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