Of all the Bible stories, the Christmas story is perhaps the best known and best loved across the world, by Christians and non-Christians alike. The struggling couple, the drama of the birth, the elevation of the lowly shepherds — it’s a gripping tale even before you throw in angels and a guiding star.
But away from the celebratory tinsel, what do Bible scholars make of the story of the infant in the manger? In this issue, Dr Peter J Williams takes a closer look at the historicity of the accounts in Matthew and Luke, and asks how confident we can be that events unfolded in the way they were recorded.
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