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Dawn of the Messiah: The Coming of Christ in Scripture [Paperback]

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Pages   161
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8" Width: 5.22" Height: 0.51"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 13, 2005
Publisher   Servant Publications
ISBN  0867167203  
EAN  9780867167207  


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Perhaps the story of Christ's birth has become almost too familiar. We've heard the story so many times that it fails to shock us: the appearances of the angel, a virgin giving birth, a child placed in a manger, the arrival of shepherds and magi. "But what if we had never heard the story before?" Edward Sri asks. "What if we were first-century Jews hearing this plot for the first time?" Only two Gospels give any details about the birth of the Messiah, but these chapters are packed with allusions to Old Testament stories and prophecies that any contemporary Jew would have recognized. Today's reader, unfamiliar with the ancient Jewish world, misses the significance of many details in these accounts. This book bridges that gap, explaining the original context of every line and detail in the biblical stories. Sri not only helps us understand an earlier and pivotal time and place, he also brings us to a deeper understanding of the great mystery of God's entry into the world as one of us.

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Perhaps the story of Christ's birth has become almost too familiar.
We've heard the story so many times that it fails to shock us: the appearances of the angel, a virgin giving birth, a child placed in a manger, the arrival of shepherds and magi. "But what if we had never heard the story before?" Edward Sri asks. "What if we were first-century Jews hearing this plot for the first time?" Only two Gospels give any details about the birth of the Messiah, but these chapters are packed with allusions to Old Testament stories and prophecies that any contemporary Jew would have recognized.
Today's reader, unfamiliar with the ancient Jewish world, misses the significance of many details in these accounts. This book bridges that gap, explaining the original context of every line and detail in the biblical stories. Sri not only helps us understand an earlier and pivotal time and place, he also brings us to a deeper understanding of the great mystery of God's entry into the world as one of us.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! EDWARD SRI, S.T.D., is an assistant professor of theology at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. He is a founding leader with Curtis Martin of FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) and the author of several books, including "The New Rosary in Scripture" (Servant Books). Edward and his wife Elizabeth are the parents of three children.

Edward P. Sri has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Kingdom Studies
  2. Letter & Spirit Project


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Old Testament Connections to Infancy Narratives  Jul 18, 2005
By blending passages from the Old Testament with accounts in Matthew and Luke on the coming of the Messiah, Sri enriches the infancy narratives. Pronouncements to David regarding his sons in the Book of Samuel are matched to Luke's passages in which Gabriel foretells Jesus' greatness. Hannah's song from Samuel, which begins "My heart exalts in the Lord; my strength is exalted in the Lord..." is matched with Mary's response to Gabriel: "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior..."

Comparisons such as these are a staple in Sri's work, but he also offers collateral insights, such as the discussion on Joseph's response to Mary's pregnancy. Three major theories are described. First, Joseph may have been being kind to Mary by not publicly accusing her of adultery, for which the punishment was death by stoning. Second, Joseph may have been aware that Mary had conceived in the Holy Spirit and thus humbly offered to release her from the obligation to be his wife. Third, Joseph may have been confused, knowing that Mary was pregnant but also believing in her innocence.

Sri, an assistant professor of theology at Benedictine College in Atchison, Ks., bases his commentary on contemporary biblical scholarship and insights from Catholic tradition. Reflection questions at the end of each chapter make this an especially valuable resource for small groups.
 

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