The Gospel reading for December 19 contains the familiar story of Zechariah in the temple.
It is the occasion when the Angel Gabriel appears to him to announce the birth of John the Baptist.
Although the story is familiar, there are some fascinating details in this account, and their significance is not obvious.
Let’s take a look.
Here are 10 things to know and share . . .
1. When did this event take place?
Luke begins his narrative "in the days of Herod, king of Judea," by which he means Herod the Great.
When precisely Herod the Great ruled is disputed. According to a theory introduced a little more than a century ago, Herod reigned from 37 B.C. to 4 B.C....READ MORE