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The Christmas Scene

Gary Burge helps us better understand the lives of some of the main characters of the Christmas story.

Steve Carter, editor for Preaching Today, and Gary Burge, New Testament scholar, help us understand the scene of Christmas story and a few of the characters/buildings in this story.

Joseph is an artisan/carpenter, but what does that really mean? Did Mary and Joseph really arrive in Bethlehem alone, like most of our images show? Is there really an inn in Bethlehem? Where did Mary and Joseph stay? Why was Jesus born in a city of peasants?

Then stay tuned to the second half of the video where three pastors—Alison Gerber, Lee Eclov, and Joel Thomas—discuss how to apply Gary’s revelations to our Christmas sermons.

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