For some time now I have been a big fan of the history, and accuracy, of the Bible- as it has been canonized. Having been inspired by the Spirit of God, the Bible recounts many stories (although some might consider them just stories) and I firmly believe them to be more than (just) stories but accounts of Jewish History and things God wants us to know- and believe to be true. It is because of the historical aspect to the information provided us in the Bible… we should strive to gain from comparative texts and information to view the truth and authenticity of what it contains. Here is what I’m saying, there is a time when science, in this case… Archaeology, can solidify our beliefs- as we have come to know them from the word of God in the Bible. We should also become aware, to open eyes, there might be times when one from within those constructs of thought might not see it as we might but this does not mean we should not see what is expressed- knowing there might still be some value to what is shared and coming from this discipline (historically).
To this end, to gain a broader perspective to what we might think we already know, I share a link and another ‘free eBook,’ available through the Biblical Archaeology Society (BAS), entitled,”The First Christmas: The Story of Jesus’ Birth in History and Tradition.” Please keep in mind… this is coming from a different perspective than the one you might have conceived… one you have come to (think you) know… one that has been commonly considered to be a part of the big picture already- our ‘warm fuzzy view’ we hold to. This is where history comes alive… and where Archaeology can shed true light on something we thought we were looking at in the light of our own awareness.
Your Brother in Christ Jesus,