Christmas Mythology II: What is History and What is Myth in the Nativity Stories?

if you wish to dig a little deeper into the real meaning of Christmas read this article by a great scholar, Arthur George. his blog is a treasure trove of brilliant insights into myth & religion.

Mythology Matters

This post is the first of several leading up to this Christmas dealing with the mythology lurking behind our Christmas stories, rituals, and holiday celebrations, starting with the stories of Jesus’s birth and leading up to our modern day. It will be something of a sleigh ride, and I hope you come along and enjoy it. (Head’s up: The other posts will be much shorter than this one! Also, my first Christmas mythology post was on December 23 last year and fits in here, so you’ll want to check that too.)

In respect of the stories of Jesus’s birth, we are concerned with the “mythology” of Christmas in two main respects. The first is to separate out how much of the Christmas story is historical and how much is myth (in the sense of not being true), so that we can be as clear as possible about the extent to which…

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