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Pete Enns & The Bible for Normal People

Christmas

jewish king

The “Pete Ruins Christmas” Series: Jesus the Jewish King

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

Many of you no doubt are familiar with this Christmas hymn, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”: O come, O come, Emmanuel And ransom captive Israel That mourns in lonely exile […]

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Saint Nicholas

St. Nicholas Was an Absolute Beast.

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

In church this past Sunday, as he does each year, our rector handed out a card with an icon of St. Nicholas, similar to the one to the left. On the back […]

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happy holidays

On Why I Say Happy Holidays

By Jared Byas, M.A.

“You know me, I am no fan of the term X-mas or X anything. I make my kids play Christ-box 360. And if they break a bone they get Christ-rays.” […]

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emmanuel

The “Pete Ruins Christmas” Series: The Virgin Shall Conceive

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

Matthew interprets Isaiah creatively, not in keeping with what Isaiah meant. The child’s birth is not miraculous in Isaiah, but the deliverance of Judah from a military coalition is.

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Christmas: Isaiah 9 / Carl Bloch: The Birth of Jesus

The “Pete Ruins Christmas” Series: For Unto Us A Child Is Born

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

Jesus isn’t true because he is miraculously predicted 700+ years before his birth. Rather, because Jesus is true, Israel’s story gets reframed around him.

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The “Pete Ruins Christmas” Series: Christmas in America and the Old Testament

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

The ancient Israelites were as detached from their official religion as are many/most Americans from official Christianity.

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