Shivering Babe, Glorious Lord

The Nativity Stories in Christian Tradition

by Douglas Wirth



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 5/13/2016

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 390
ISBN : 9781512738711
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 390
ISBN : 9781512738735
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 390
ISBN : 9781512738728

About the Book

The Nativity Stories from Matthew and Luke’s gospels have endured through the centuries, but the way Christmas is celebrated has been dramatically reshaped. In the modern era the story of Christ’s birth has been overshadowed by fanciful tales of Santa, Frosty, and Rudolph. Holiday customs designed to enhance the enjoyment of Christmas have often come to obscure the message of the Savior’s birth. The Christmas season now exists primarily to foster the urge to shop rather than a desire to pause and reflect on the good news of Christ’s coming. Today the Nativity Stories are seldom considered as a whole, and the theological riches of these sacred texts have regrettably been reduced to “The Christmas Story.” The biblical narratives that have inspired poets and artists for centuries warrant more careful study.

Shivering Babe, Glorious Lord surveys the Nativity Stories through twenty centuries of Christian tradition: their composition by Matthew and Luke; their relationship to the larger biblical narrative; their profound influence on theology and worship; their modern decline and the reemergence of Christmas in a secular guise in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Readers yearning for a more Christ-centered Christmas will find helpful resources here.

About the Author

Doug Wirth holds teaching degrees from the University of Michigan and Western Michigan University. He has also authored Evangelion, a two-volume study of the Gospel of Mark, and Christ the Suffering Servant, a six-week study for Lent and Easter. His dissatisfaction with the secularization of Christmas led to the writing of Shivering Babe, Glorious Lord. Like his previous book, this work focuses on recovering the ancient Christian heritage of this important Christian festival.