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The Origins of Christmas: Fact, Fiction and Myth Paperback – 1982


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Reed (1982)
  • ISBN-10: 0589503448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0589503444
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
Reverend Roger Bush (1918-2000) was a British-born Australian Methodist minister and media personality; he is also the author of books such as The Origins of Easter, A BUSH CHRISTMAS, Prayers for Pagans, etc.

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"There appears to have been little or no interest in the birthday (of Jesus) until the time of Hippolytus, Bishop of Rome, in the first half of the 3rd century." (Pg. 19)
"St. Matthew does not specify a number, and tradition simply says 'three,' for there happened to be three gifts... Thus we now sing about 'Three Kings of Orient.' We have accepted names for them: Melchior, supposedly King of Nubia, a black man, the smallest of the three... Balthazar, King of Chaldea, a white or brownish man... and finally, Caspar, King of Tarshish, the tallest of the three." (Pg. 24)
"Artists invariably depict the Holy Family struggling along past the pyramids, mainly to set the place, rather than as a matter of accuracy. Their most likely destination was Gaza, where the outer limits of Egypt were no longer under the control of Herod..." (Pg. 25)
"Johannes Kepler, the great German astrologer, in 1603 discovered and ancient manuscript with the prediction that, when the planets of Saturn and Jupiter were in conjunction, a 'Messiah' would be born. He ... by calculation, discovered that those planets were in much the same position in either A.D. 6 or 7." (Pg.
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By Holli Muniz on January 4, 2013
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I'm a little heart sick and am truly grieving some traditions of the Christmas season after learning truths shared within this book. I love Jesus and am not a hater of Christmas by any means but am more careful to carry on traditions just because its what I've always known. Great Book!
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