December 19, 2020 | The First Christmas, Part One: The Virgin Birth


The Virgin Birth

Merry Christmas! Today as we eagerly anticipate December 25th, we’re opening up a two-part series on the first Christmas. Chris shares little-known details about the Jewish context of the virgin birth of Jesus this week. From prophetic instructions in Isaiah to details of Joseph and Mary’s relationship in the Gospels, the Old Testament and New Testament converged in a miraculous way.  

When Jesus was born, He fulfilled Scripture and established a glorious opportunity for all people to know the Lord and enjoy a relationship with Him. He was truly the Messiah of Israel and the Savior of the world. We hope you enjoy this insightful look at Jesus’ birth and learn something new along the way. Have a wonderful Christmas, and remember to reflect on the first Christmas and the blessings we enjoy because of it!

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They Called Her Miriam: The Virgin of Nazareth

By Victor Buksbazen

Such legends and myths have been attributed to Mary, the mother of Jesus, that she seems almost too unknowable. But she was beautifully human and relatable, a flesh-and-blood Hebrew woman given the blessed privilege of bearing the divine Son. This book will open your eyes to the heart of Miriam, the Hebrew name of Jesus’ mother, in her New Testament context while revealing her place in God’s redemption story.


Apples of Gold: Christmas and Hanukkah

As many Christians around the world are celebrating the Lord’s birth, Jewish people are celebrating Hanukkah, the festival of lights. Zvi visited an ultra-orthodox school and talked to some of the students about Christmas and Hanukkah. One student mentioned that Hanukkah was a “holy feast.” Zvi responds with a series of questions about Hanukkah and Christmas and the biblical evidence behind each. His approach to these students is something we can all learn as we talk to our unbelieving friends during this festive time of year.

Zvi’s story is available in Elwood McQuaid’s book, “Zvi: The Miraculous Story of Triumph over the Holocaust,” available at our online store.

More stories from Zvi are also available in his book, “The Best of Zvi,” available at our online store.


The Friends of Israel Today and Apples of Gold theme music was composed and performed by Jeremy Strong.

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