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The Real Jesus

A consensus of archaeological evidence suggests that the Nazareth of Jesus' boyhood was a small village located on an unfertile chalk hill 1,200 feet or so above sea level, near today's bustling city, with no more than a few dozen families living there at any one time (which also means that the synagogue mentioned in Luke was probably very small and the rabbi likely not from the top of his class--Nazareth would have been a bad assignment). Historical evidence provides…
Michael Bruner
October 16, 2006
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Why A Christmas Carol Sings

It's difficult to know which came first, Christmas or Dickens. With the possible exception of Jesus Christ, no one has had a greater influence on how we celebrate Christmas than Charles Dickens, and with the publication of his December masterpiece, the author and the season became inseparable--and to many, remain so. It is said that a young girl, upon learning of his death in 1870, declared, "What? Mr. Dickens dead? Will Father Christmas die too?" Before Dickens, English literature-- meaning,…
Michael Bruner
December 16, 2004