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Luke 2:1-14 (or 2:1-20) Commentary
by Michal Beth Dinkler
This is one of the most beloved passages in all Scripture.
People read and allude to it the entire Christmas season, every single year. People cherish the warm familiarity of these Lukan verses -- we can all imagine the lyrical sounds of the words read aloud, or images of children traipsing about in over-sized bathrobes and pipe-cleaner halos as they reenact the scenes. Of course, this also makes the story of Jesus’ birth one of the hardest passages to preach on. How does the preacher do justice to this beloved passage and simultaneously offer something new and fresh, so it doesn’t become cliché? It’s a fine line to walk. How can we proclaim the euaggelion, “the good news,” anew?
I think the writer of the Gospel of Luke was asking himself the same question, and I think the narrative itself is his answer. In other words, the Gospel of Luke is the result of its author asking, “How can I proclaim the good news anew?” Luke recognizes that others have tried to write the “good news” of Jesus ...
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NL Podcast 341: Birth of Jesus
December 24, 2018
Podcast on Luke 2:1-14 [15-20], the Narrative Lectionary readings for Dec. 24, 2018 (Birth of Jesus) featuring Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester, and Kathryn Schifferdecker. Recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn., for Working Preacher.