The ox and the ass at Christ’s manger.


This is a few days late, but never mind. Fred Sanders has written a fascinating post on the theological significance of the fact that traditional depictions of the Nativity typically show an ox and an ass bearing witness to the birth of Christ. After reading his post, I checked an old post of mine on the depiction of the Nativity in Ben-Hur (1959) to see if the screen-caps there conformed to this tradition, and sure enough, at least one of them does.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).


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