The Gospel Infancy Narratives

Event details

  • Sunday | December 6, 2015
  • 10:00 am
  • St. Paul's Dining Room

On two Sundays in Advent, we will welcome to the Adult Forum Dr. Joseph Kelly, Professor of Theology and Church History at John Carroll University. He will help us look toward Christmastide by sharing insights on the infancy narratives of Mark and Luke, and origins of parts of the Christmas story. Plan to join us at 10 a.m. in the Dining Room!

On December 6: The Gospel Infancy Narratives
Christmas is based upon the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ birth, but in the entire New Testament, only the first two chapters of the Gospels of Luke, and Matthew include it.  This presentation will examine just what the Gospels say about Jesus’ birth, why these two evangelists included that material when no other author did, and how the Infancy Narratives fit into the larger Gospels. Texts of the Infancy Narratives will be available for all in attendance.

On December 13: The Origins of Christmas
The Gospels tell of Jesus’ birth but do not mention a feast associated with it.  This presentation will explain how Christmas came into being, how December 25 became the date for the feast, how the unnamed, unnumbered magi became three kings with names, and how the Christmas season came into being.