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This book explains the biblical and historical context of the first Christmas and focuses on the most important part of the story — the Holy Family.

Kathy SchifferLowly shepherds. Skilled astronomers. An evil king. An unaccommodating innkeeper. A pregnant virgin. A nurturing foster-father. A host of heavenly beings. Some cows, and a baby.

This cast of seemingly unrelated characters is brought together in an unlikely pastiche that has become one of the most familiar stories of all time: the Christmas story. And it’s possible (even likely) that you simply accept this improbable story without challenging its veracity. But stop and think. … Then, pick up a copy of Scott Hahn’s book, Joy to the World: How Christ’s Coming Changed Everything (and Still Does).

Hahn, with his characteristic thoroughness and clarity, leads the reader through the story, explaining the biblical and historical context, and focuses on the most important part of the story: the Holy Family. “The details sometimes seem strange and impenetrable,” Hahn says, “until we consider them in relation to a home, a mother, a father, a bond, a household, a lineage, a heritage.” …

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