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The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem Hardcover – September 1, 2011
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Hamilton is the best-selling and award-winning author of The Call, The Journey, The Way, 24 Hours That Changed the World, John, Revival, Not a Silent Night, Enough, When Christians Get It Wrong, and Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White, all published by Abingdon Press. Learn more about Adam Hamilton at AdamHamilton.org.
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This isn't to say that Mary has not been present in Protestant tellings, nor that she has not been important. But it seems to me that her life has been reflected upon too seldom, for there are so many other things taking place at the birth of Jesus demanding our attention. Herod, threatened by the prospect of the birth of another king, orders the murder of a host of children. Intellectuals from the east have come from afar to visit Jesus as a child. Joseph, according to Matthew's account, has struggled with the news of Mary's pregnancy, and must be assured by way of a dream that the marriage is right. Shepherds, according to Luke, have been summoned to the place of Jesus's birth by a host of angels, and depart amazed, sharing all they have heard and seen with others. Also in Luke, it is Mary's cousin Elizabeth, who in old age has conceived a child who will go before Jesus. His name will be called John.
Amidst all this commotion, Mary is mostly quiet, submissive, and open to God's will.Read more ›
Total group size - 17. We only have 2 sessions left.
We love the insight into the lives of Mary & Joseph and Zechariah & Elizabeth, and the DVD that goes along with it takes you to the Holy Land so you can better visualize what you read in the book.
Adam Hamilton is a great narrator as well as a knowledgeable and insightful writer/theologian.
Everyone in the group gives it a thumbs up and eagerly looks forward to the next session.
In five chapters'Mary of Nazareth, Joseph of Bethlehem, Mary's Visit to Elizabeth, From Nazareth to Bethlehem, and The Manger'the author writes about central and more peripheral actors in the story of Jesus of Nazareth's birth. The Journey is full of interesting information about population size of each town, distances from one place to another, social classes and occupations of the residents, religious practices, material and construction of buildings.
A few highlights for me were in chapter 4, "From Nazareth to Bethlehem," as it explored which route Joseph and Mary likely took on their way to the place of Jesus' birth, with the author's conclusion it probably was the one that led to their tracing the geographical path of salvation history to that point. The same chapter has a diagram of the house with attached stable where Mary gave birth, and carefully explains it all. Mary had a midwife? Of course, though I'd never thought through that fact! Also, in chapter 2, "Joseph of Bethlehem," he offers details regarding the "messianic" Isaiah 7 text, information I knew in outline, but was happy to learn more about.Read more ›
What I found most intriguing was Hamilton's willingness to speculate into the details of Mary and Joseph's lives which the Bible does not detail. Hamilton mixes Jewish tradition in with some Christian theories that date as far back as the second century regarding who each of these characters really were and what their journey means to us in modern times. Hamilton describes how the early Christian church sought to keep Mary a pure virgin throughout her life. He explains how Jewish customs on engagement did not necessarily exclude marital relations. These concepts are very different from our 21st century understanding of Biblical events and thus become a challenge for us to accept. Hamilton does not force us to accept his theories, but rather he places them before us with his evidence not unlike an attorney representing a client before a jury. When this is put before a book study group, many different opinions can be shared.
Hamilton has been challenging his congregation and his readers through several various books and The Journey is ready to takes its place amongst his other works. The reader comes away with a deeper understanding of the significance of Christmas and the Christmas season.Read more ›
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The Biblical exposition, personal experience and stories made the story of Jesus' birth come alive in an exciting way.Published 6 months ago by Cynthia L. Hale
I used it for Advent sermons. It was very good and thought-provokingPublished 7 months ago by Frederick E Sistler
This is a very accessible account of some of the background to the birth of Christ. I would recommend it as being a part of your Christmas journey.Published 7 months ago by Peter Hoyt curts
Adam Hamilton is a stellar writer when it comes to the Gospel narrative's. This is an outstanding book, only to be eclipsed by his book, "Not a Silent Night" (2014). Read morePublished 7 months ago by Edwin Handley