The Bible provides us with two rather different accounts of the birth of Jesus. The traditional Christmas story that we sing about in Christmas carols and see in nativity scenes is a combination of these two different accounts. Elements from each account have been drawn together to form a unified and apparently cohesive story.
In this study series during Advent, we will read the two accounts of the birth of Jesus in their own right and also compare the one account with the other account. And because we are moving into “the year of Matthew”, we will start with an introduction to the apocalyptic nature of Matthew’s Gospel. This characteristic explains some important things about the way that the author of this Gospel approached the task of writing his particular story of Jesus.
This short series starts on Thursday 24 November, with the familiar two options available: 10am to 11:30am, or 7:00pm to 8:30pm, each Thursday. The series is just for four weeks, until the final day on 15 December.
Below are the recorded videos of the morning session, posted within a day or so of the study.