The Apologetics of Christmas (pt. 1)
BY Jimmy Akin
| Posted 12/18/11 at 5:20 PM
Should Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus? There is no evidence the apostles did. When did it become a feast day? Weren’t birthdays a pagan thing?
Why was he named Jesus when, as stated in Matthew 1:23, the Messiah was to be called Immanuel?
Matthew 1:23 quotes Isaiah 7:14 as “a virgin will conceive” from the Septuagint, but the original Hebrew uses the word “almah” meaning “young woman of marriagable age.” Was Matthew wrong to quote this?
What does Joseph’s reaction, in Matthew 1:19, to the news of Mary’s pregnancy tell us about his character?
Why would Joseph take a 9-month pregnant Mary to Bethlehem instead of taking her earlier? Why did he take her at all? Couldn’t he have just left her in Nazareth?
These are among the questions we explore in this week’s episode of the Jimmy Akin Podcast!
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JIMMY AKIN PODCAST EPISODE 025 (12/18/11)
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* Special “Apologetics of Christmas” Interview with Jason Ward of www.CatholicDadsOnline.org (pt. 1)
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