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“Written with dignity, unerring taste, and with no straining for effects.” (Chicago Sunday Tribune)

“Should give all segments of Christianity a fresh appreciation of Christmas.” (Denver Post)

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A reissue of the classic retelling of the Nativity. "Written with dignity, unerring taste, and with no straining for effects."--Chicago Sunday Tribune
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; Reissue edition (October 26, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060607947
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060607944
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #983,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jim Bishop was a syndicated columnist and author of many bestselling books, including The Day Lincoln Was Shot, The Day Christ Died, and A Day in the Life of President Kennedy. Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, Bishop died in 1987.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Big D VINE VOICE on December 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
When it was first written in 1959, this book was subtitled "A Reverential Recreation," and it is a very good one, an outstanding piece of work that gives the reader a new appreciation for the human dimensions of the Christmas story. Bishop's detailed research and captivating writing style make this book an engaging read, giving the reader a greater feel and appreciation for Mary (she was only 14 or 15 at the time)and Joseph (He, too, was much younger than you might think, about 18 or 19), of what their life was like, of the family ties between Jesus and John the Baptist, of what countryside was like on the 90-mile trip from Nazareth to Bethlehem, of Bethlehem's proxmity to Jerusalem and its impact on the story...Reads like the the old "You Are There" TV series, and it is good, very good. Well done and highly recommended. Perhaps the next best thing to being there...
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By snowqueen84 on October 17, 2004
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The Day Christ was Born is an excellent work of fiction describing the life of Christ. The book actually covers more than just the day of Jesus' birth, giving attention to the circumstances surrounding that important event, such as Mary's pregnancy, the trip to Bethlehem, the visit of the shepherds and the Magi, and the trip to Egypt.

Bishop takes a few liberties in his interpretation of the biblical story, but maintains the crucial elements in his narrative. He explains some of the customs of the day, including those of marriage and the process of giving birth.

With only two of the four gospels giving any details about the birth of Jesus, Bishop has attempted to supply the missing details, weaving in material from various ancient historical and archeological sources. He doesn't tamper with the facts, but merely enhances them with a creative dialogue and description that makes the book an enjoyable read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Theresa C. Becker on January 18, 2007
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For such a small book, it was jam packed with great information. This account of Christ's birth made Mary & Joseph's saga "real" to me. As I read the accounting of the time, I could see the occurances in my mind clearly and could truely imagine what they must have been feeling during that period of time. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the story of Christ.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 28, 2011
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There is so much to digest in this book that one reading is not enough. I found the detail and background narratives to be so full of information that I wanted to keep going back to re-read various parts over and over. This book also led to my meditating about the many aspects of obedience and blind acceptance which Mary and Joseph willingly did. I highly recommend it, both for its historical information and for its spiritual influence.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Barry Sharpe on March 3, 2011
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Jim Bishop was the foremost practitioner of the "Day" historical documentary chronicles. Others he authored were "The Day Kennedy Was Shot", "The Day Christ Died" and "The Day Lincoln Was Shot". He uses only extant historical materials to create a step-by-step chronology of the unfolding events of the most important day in mankind's history. This is a short, easy to read account of Jesus' birth, suitable for all ages.
Bishop is very readable and suitable for any Christian doctrine. Explanations of Jewish Roman-era customs help the reader understand why various events take place.
A first rate telling of a great story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robbie on January 12, 2012
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Loved it and thought it was a great read during Advent. A good insight into the time of Christ's birth and what Mary and Joseph experienced.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca on May 19, 2014
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We wanted to see a different perspective on this day...the day Jesus was born. I do many productions at Christmas time and I wanted to see if there was anything new that was interesting and useful. It definitely has some interesting points...I will be using some of them.

Easy read
Interesting
Well written
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charline D. Lacoe on October 25, 2014
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A must read for every believer...and those who are not, too...especially at this time of year!'
The story is so well told that you have the feeling you are there!
Highly recommended!
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