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Episode 10: A Name

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The 10th Episode of the Podcast "Retelling the Bible" came out earlier today

During the first season of his podcast, storyteller, W. Scott McAndless is retelling the story of the nativity of Jesus from the Gospel of Luke, trying to help us to look beyond a literalistic interpretation and see how the author is using historical and biblical references. We hope this helps you to hear the story more as the author may have intended.

In today's episode, Joseph ponders many things as Mary catches some sleep lying on the ground near the manger. He wonders about the strange report he heard from some shepherds earlier this evening and the meaning of the birth of his son and of the name that both he and Mary have chosen to give to him.

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Why we really need to stop harmonizing the two stories of the birth of Jesus.

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Copyright © 2013 by W. Scott McAndless
      The Gospel of Luke and the Gospel of Matthew have a great deal in common. They share much of the same material on the life and sayings of Jesus though they organize it somewhat differently. As far as we can understand from a study of the two texts, both Gospels were written independently (with neither making any reference to, nor apparently even having any knowledge of, the other) towards the end of the first century ce or perhaps even later.       Both gospels were written anonymously—with no names attached. It didn’t take the church very long to decide that they must have been written respectively by Matthew, one of Jesus’s twelve apostles, and Luke, an associate of Paul. But that is just tradition. The truth of the matter is that we really have no idea who might have written these books. All we have to help us to understand the interests, concerns and theological agendas of these two authors is what we find in the words they wrote, and i…