Was Jesus really born in Bethlehem? Why the Gospels disagree over the circumstances of Christ’s birth

Was Jesus really born in Bethlehem? Why the Gospels disagree over the circumstances of Christ’s birth A doll representing the infant Jesus in St. Catherine’s, the Franciscan church in the town of Bethlehem. David Silverman/Getty Images Rodolfo Galvan Estrada III, Fuller Theological Seminary Every Christmas, a relatively small town in the Palestinian West Bank comes …

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The humble origins of ‘Silent Night’

Cover: This undated score, written by Joseph Mohr and titled ‘Weynachts Lied’ (‘Christmas Carol’), is the earliest known surviving copy of ‘Silent Night.’ Salzburg Museum The humble origins of ‘Silent Night’ This undated score, written by Joseph Mohr and titled ‘Weynachts Lied’ (‘Christmas Carol’), is the earliest known surviving copy of ‘Silent Night.’ Salzburg Museum …

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The Blackfeet always faced their tipis towards the rising sun, including on winter solstice. Beinecke Library via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY Rosalyn R. LaPier

What winter solstice rituals tell us about indigenous people

Cover: The Blackfeet always faced their tipis towards the rising sun, including on winter solstice. Beinecke Library via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY Rosalyn R. LaPier What winter solstice rituals tell us about indigenous people The Blackfeet always faced their tipis towards the rising sun, including on winter solstice. Beinecke Library via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY …

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What Kwanzaa means for black Americans

Kwanzaa celebrations. Black Hour, CC BY-NC Frank Dobson What Kwanzaa means for black Americans Kwanzaa celebrations. Black Hour, CC BY-NC Frank Dobson, Vanderbilt University On Dec. 26, millions throughout the world’s African community will start weeklong celebrations of Kwanzaa. There will be daily ceremonies with food, decorations and other cultural objects, such as the kinara, …

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How the Nazis co-opted Christmas

Cover: A postcard depicts Adolf Hitler posing with a child and a Christmas tree. Author provided How the Nazis co-opted Christmas A postcard depicts Adolf Hitler posing with a child and a Christmas tree. Author provided Joe Perry, Georgia State University In 1921, in a Munich beer hall, newly appointed Nazi party leader Adolf Hitler …

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Can astronomy explain the biblical Star of Bethlehem?

Cover: What was the celestial body the three wise men followed 2,000 years ago? epSos.de, CC BY David Weintraub Can astronomy explain the biblical Star of Bethlehem? What was the celestial body the three wise men followed 2,000 years ago? epSos.de, CC BY David Weintraub, Vanderbilt University Bright stars top Christmas trees in Christian homes …

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