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Overview By focusing on the "hows" and "whys" of Christmas, this warm yet journalistic book will help believers reaffirm their faith while guiding seekers as they pursue solid answers. With material from "The Case for Christ," this book is designed to be a gift for those who want to understand what happened at Christmas 2,000 years ago. Padded hardcover. (Christian Religion)
Publishers Description Who was in the manger that first Christmas morning? Some say he would become a great moral leader. Others, a social critic. Still others view Jesus as a profound philosopher, a rabbi, a feminist, a prophet, and more. Many are convinced he was the divine Son of God. Who was he---really? And how can you know for sure? Consulting experts on the Bible, archaeology, and messianic prophecy, Lee Strobel searches out the true identity of the child in the manger. Join him as he asks the tough, pointed questions you d expect from an award-winning legal journalist. If Jesus really was God in the flesh, then there ought to be credible evidence, including Eyewitness Evidence---Can the biographies of Jesus be trusted? Scientific Evidence---What does archaeology reveal? Profile Evidence---Did Jesus fulfill the attributes of God? Fingerprint Evidence---Did Jesus uniquely match the identity of the Messiah? The Case for Christmas invites you to consider why Christmas matters in the first place. Somewhere beyond the traditions of the holiday lies the truth. It may be more compelling than you ve realized. Weigh the facts . . . and decide for yourself."
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A Journalist Investigates the Identity of the Child in the Manger
By Lee Strobel
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Ingram Advance - 10/01/2005 page 35
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.25" Height: 7.5" Weight: 0.42 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2005
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 0310266297 ISBN13 9780310266297 UPC 025986266295
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More About Lee Strobel
Lee Strobel was the award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune and is the best-selling author of The Case for Faith, The Case for Christ, and The Case for a Creator, all of which have been made into documentaries by Lionsgate. With a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale, Lee wrote 3 Gold Medallion winners and the 2005 Book of the Year with Gary Poole. He and his wife live in Colorado. Visit Lee's website at: www.leestrobel.com.
Lee Strobel currently resides in West Dundee, in the state of Illinois. Lee Strobel was born in 1952.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Case For Christmas?
Incomplete Mar 7, 2007
The book is unquestionably a strong basic overview of the facts surrounding the incarnation of Christ. Lee presents the book in his usual style: readable to the average person while having instructive and not uncontextualized (ignorant) scholarship.
My problem with the book comes with how the book treats the holiday of Christmas and unites it with the incarnation of Christ. The book places holiday of Christmas as normative and acceptable for the Christian. The celebration of the Christmas holiday within the Christian Church, has been exposed by some thinking Christians as inappropriate, and even a vast ecumenical union-- even with some within paganism!
To quote the editorial review of the Pagan Christmas: The Plants, Spirits, and Rituals at the Origins of Yuletide (Paperback) by Christian Rätsch (Author) and Claudia Müller-Ebeling (Author):
"The day on which many commemorate the birth of Christ has its origins in pagan rituals that center on tree worship, agriculture, magic, and social exchange. But Christmas is no ordinary folk observance. It is an evolving feast that over the centuries has absorbed elements from cultures all over the world--practices that give plants and plant spirits pride of place. In fact, the symbolic use of plants at Christmas effectively transforms the modern-day living room into a place of shamanic ritual."
The Battle for Christmas (Paperback) by Stephen Nissenbaum, and others are well worth reading for a thoughtful consideration of the holiday itself in addition to the actual incarnation.
Helpful but Incomplete Feb 4, 2006
Lee Strobel presents some compelling evidence that Jesus of Nazareth was God Incarnate and that he uniquely matched the identity of the foretold Messiah. For example, he mentions Peter Stoner's assertion that the chances of just 48 of the Old Testament's messianic prophecies being fulfilled by mere chance are 1 in 10 to the power of 157, and that Jesus fulfilled far more than 48 (in fact he fulfilled at least 332!)
But documentaries on the Christmas miracle severally avoid addressing one puzzling anomaly, and `The Case for Christmas' is no exception. In Luke 1:28-38 when Mary volunteers information about her long-term personal history (How will this be, since I am a virgin?) Gabriel completely ignores the qualifier to Mary's question, showing no interest whatsoever in the girl's past. Clearly he was only interested in her FUTURE. In a passage that takes about 45 seconds to read, he uses the past tense once, the past-perfect once, the present tense twice, but the future tense a staggering TWELVE times! Strobel spectacularly fails to pick up on this.
Gynaecologists and obstetricians concur that there is nothing whatsoever miraculous about a virginal conception that is not equally miraculous about its non-virginal equivalent. God is sometimes called `The Uncaused Causer'. It is an irrefutable scientific fact that the spontaneous conception of a male infant is impossible - impossible, that is, if we're prepared to rule out deliberate & purposeful supernatural intervention. Creationists aren't. It's the manner of Jesus' conception, and that ALONE, which constitutes the Christmas miracle. His mother's long-term personal history is of no consequence. Why do Christian authors consistently fail to address this riddle? Meantime, as most of NT was written in ancient Greek we have to assume that something has been lost in translation.
But apart from this one shortfall, the book is reasonably helpful.