Controversial Christmas Carols

In groundbreaking but controversial research, historians are challenging this historicity of the account of the arrival of the magi offered in “I Saw Three Ships.” Archaeologist and New Testament scholar Bob Carlung, who has spent his life investigating the historic topography of the Holy Land, said in a recent interview, “It is simply unfeasible that [Read More...]

Envisaging A Better Star Wars Christmas Special

By Lar DeSouza. HT Steampunk Boba Fett on Facebook. [Read more...]

Merry Hothmas!

From Obvious Winner, HT Jeff Carter on Facebook. I love the AT-AT walkers as fill-ins for reindeer. [Read more...]

Darth Vader Uses the Force (and an electric guitar) to Conduct Carol of the Bells Flash Mob

Via the Official Star Wars Blog [Read more...]

Lux Aurumque

Christmas music composed by Eric Whitacre. The words are a Latin translation by Charles Anthony Silvestri of an English poem by Edward Esch. They mean “Light, warm and heavy as pure gold, and the angels sing softly to the newborn babe.” [Read more...]

Doctor Who: The Daleks’ Master Plan (the first Doctor Who Christmas special)

It is appropriate that I have reached the episode “The Daleks’ Master Plan” from the William Hartnell era. In addition to being something of an epic – it had twelve parts! – it also can be said to be or at least contain the first “Doctor Who Christmas Special” – a tradition that continues to [Read More...]

What the Shepherds Heard

Someone recently asked me what we are supposed to imagine that the singing angels in Luke’s Gospel sounded like. Presumably they sounded something like the little angel in this video. More or less. HT Mark Goodacre [Read more...]

“Mary” by Philip Appleman

Years later, it was, after everything got hazy in my head – those buzzing flies, the gossips, graybeards, hustling evangelists – they wanted facts, they said, but what they were really after, was miracles. Miracles, imagine! I was only a girl when it happened, Joseph acting edgy and claiming it wasn’t his baby – – [Read More...]

Jesus vs. Santa

HT Kevin Brown on Facebook [Read more...]

The New Testament Scholar Who Stole Christmas?

An op-ed piece I wrote, with the title “The New Testament Scholar Who Stole Christmas?”, has appeared in The Bible and Interpretation. Click through to read it, and feel free to share any thoughts you may have about it in the comments section here! [Read more...]

Nunc Dimittis by Edmund Rubbra

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