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In Light of the World: A Beginner's Guide to Advent, author, professor, and biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine explores the biblical texts surrounding the story of the birth of Jesus. Join her as she traces the Christmas narrative through the stories of Zechariah and Elizabeth, Mary, the journey to Bethlehem, and the visit from the Magi. These stories open conversations around connections of the Gospel stories to the Old Testament, the role of women in first-century Jewish culture, the importance of Mary's visitation and the revolutionary implications of Mary's Magnificat, the census and the stable, and the star of Bethlehem and the flight to Egypt.

©2019 Amy-Jill Levine (P)2020 eChristian

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Short book but excellent insights

I was just introduced to Amy-Jill Levine by a friend in my SS class (online Zoom discussion during Covid before class) who was reading her Sermon on the Mount book while our class was studying the Sermon on the Mount. I bought that book immediately and then this one.

The author brings a fresh Jewish contextual background into her solid Christian understanding which I found to be quite refreshing. I will read more of her books.

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