Of All Times and Places, Why Did God Come in 1st Century Palestine? [Questions That Haunt]

Of All Times and Places, Why Did God Come in 1st Century Palestine? [Questions That Haunt] December 18, 2012

There are some really great, beuatiful submissions to the #progGOD Challenge, Why an Incarnation? This week’s Question That Haunts comes from Judy, and it’s also got a Christmasy theme. It comes at the Why? question from a different angle:

I grew up in the church, though I don’t go any more. I’ve always wondered, of all times and all places, why Jesus? Why first century Palestine? I mean, if God was going to incarnate himself in just one human beings of all the billions of human beings who’ve lived, why a first century peasant carpenter. I remember Sunday school teachers giving us some answers for this when I was a kid, but I always found them unsatisfying. Do Christians believe there was something uniquely special about that time and place?

I look forward to reading your responses to Judy. I’ll post a response on Friday.


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