December 17, 2022 | The First Christmas, Part One: The Virgin Birth (REBROADCAST)


This program is a rebroadcast from December 19, 2020.

The Virgin Birth

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! 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. Enjoy this insightful look at Jesus’ birth and learn something new along the way. We hope you’re having a wonderful Christmas season, and remember to reflect on the first Christmas and the blessings we enjoy because of it!

They Called Her Miriam- The Virgin Of Nazareth


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.


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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.


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Comments 1

  1. A young maiden in the culture of ancient Israel was expected to be a virgin. So in using the Hebrew “almah” the context remains pertaining to a virgin. But the Septuagint using parthenos made it much more explicit and specific.

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