The Origins of Christmas Paperback

by Joseph F. Kelly;

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The Origins of Christmas

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When was Christmas first celebrated? How did December 25 become the date for the feast? How did the Bible's "magi from the East" become three kings named Melchior, Caspar, and Balthasar who rode camels from three different continents to worship the newborn Christ? How did the Feast of the Nativity generate an entire liturgical season from Advent to Candlemas? Why did medieval and Renaissance artists portray Joseph as an old man? When did the first Christmas music appear? And who was the real Saint Nicholas? These and many other questions are answered in The Origins of Christmas. The story of the origins of Christmas is not well known, but it is a fascinating tale. It begins when the first Christians had little interest in Christ's Nativity, and it finishes when Christmas had become an integral part of Christian life and Western culture. The Origins of Christmas covers a variety of topics in a concise and accessible style, and is suitable for group discussions.

The Origins of Christmas by Joseph F. Kelly was published by Liturgical Press in October 2014. The ISBN for The Origins of Christmas is 9780814648605.

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Details for The Origins of Christmas

Page last updated 14th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherLiturgical Press (October 2014)
EditionRevised edition
Number of Pages184
Thickness8 mm
Height210 mm
Width137 mm
Product Code4306862
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