Mary & Joseph by Robert MarcumLong ago, about years, when King Herod ruled Judea now part of Israel , God sent the angel Gabriel to a young woman who lived in the northern town of Nazareth. The girl's name was Mary and she was engaged to marry Joseph. The angel Gabriel said to Mary: 'Peace be with you! God has blessed you and is pleased with you. The angel said to her 'Don't be afraid, God has been very kind to you. You will become pregnant by the Holy Spirit and give birth to a baby boy and you will call him Jesus. He will be God's own Son and his kingdom will never end.
Ray Stevens discusses his new Christmas song "Mary and Joseph and the Baby and Me"
Mary & Joseph
The main part of the Christmas Story, the birth of Jesus! But why was Jesus born in such unusual surroundings? In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria. And everyone went to his own town to register.
Christopher A. Frilingos does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. As Christmas approaches, many Christians will reflect on the Nativity, or birth of Jesus. But there are precious few details about the rest of his childhood in the New Testament. It is not a source for the historical Jesus. What it reveals instead is the early Christian imagination. It was read widely by ancient Christians, who copied the stories and translated them into a number of different languages: Greek, Latin, Syriac, Arabic, to name a few.