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The Gospel of Mark

Where did the Magi come from? Who was King Herod? How did betrothal and marriage work in the time of Jesus, and how did that affect Mary and Joseph? When the authors of the Gospels told the story of Jesus’ birth, they assumed a wealth of background information that their audiences shared, but that modern American readers are unfamiliar with. This class will explore “the stories behind The Story,” and how the historical setting and background of the birth narratives helps us see the Nativity in a new light.