Ben Witherington at Christianity Today has an interesting article about the way we have interpreted Luke 2:1-7 and what Luke may have been trying to tell us.
"We've heard it countless times before. We've all been inoculated with a slight case of Christmas, preventing us from getting the real thing, or in this case, from reading these texts in a more historical way. The problem with the Christmas-pageant version is, this is not at all likely to be what Luke intends to tell us in this much beloved and belabored Christmas tale."
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(HT: Cindy Bryan)