In this special program (recorded originally from Bob’s broadcast show on 12-2-18) Bob goes through the history of Christmas, starting with a defense of miracles such as the Virgin Birth for any who would claim that the Bible is unscientific and therefore unreliable. Bob then moves through the history of the Christmas holiday itself.
-A God who reveals Himself to those who seek Him
-A reconciliation of Jesus’ genealogies in Luke and Matthew
-Why the Messiah HAD to be born of a virgin in order to avoid a curse placed by God upon King Jehoiachin (also called Jeconiah)
-A response to skeptics who claim that the records of Christ’s birth in Matthew and Luke contradict ancient history
-How several early church leaders suggested December 25 as the date of Christ’s birth
-How the Roman festival of Saturnalia on December 25 eventually became Christmas
-Why the conversion of a pagan holiday to a Christian holiday is not a problem
-The rowdy Christmas celebrations eventually banned in England
-The real St. Nicholas
-The development and origin of various Santa Claus legends in Europe and America: Where did ideas such as elves, flying reindeer and North Pole habitat originate? How Rudolph was invented as a store product.
-Additional Christmas trivia: trees, egg nog, Poinsettia plants, etc.
(Repeat program: First podcast- 12-10-20)
NOTE FROM BOB SIEGEL: To clarify some facts that could have been better worded:
Christ’s birth was estimated between 3-4BC
King Herod died in 4BC
Ramsey was educated in the late 19th CENTURY and made significant discoveries in the EARLY 1900s.
The Puritans banned Christmas from 1659-1681.
With Christmas season upon us, be sure to check out Bob’s critically acclaimed Christmas children’s novel, also enjoyed by adults!
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