Kresta in the Afternoon – December 19, 2017 – Hour 2

+  The Incarnation as a Historical Event (full hour)

  • Description: Judaism, and to an even greater extent Christianity, are unique because they are historical religions – they are based on events that are documented. Yet many skeptics today doubt the events, and they’re especially vocal about it during the Christmas and Easter seasons. We’ll look at the story of the Incarnation as a historical event with Dr. Paul Maier.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Dr. Paul Maier
      Dr. Paul Maier is Emeritus professor of history at Western Michigan University. He previously served as the Third Vice President of the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod. He's the author of sixteen books on historical fiction and nonfiction, including the bestselling Skeleton in God's Closet and Josephus: The Essential Works. He's the son of Walter Maier, founder of the Lutheran Hour.
    • Resources:
      • Book(s):
        • In the Fullness of Time: A Historian Looks at Christmas, Easter, and the Early Church
          Buy this resource now. Click here to purchase.
  • + Resources Mentioned Available in Our Store:

    • Pontius Pilate: A Novel

      The true story of how and why the crucifixion took place, from the perspective of the Roman politician who changed history In a world full of DVD extras, behind-the-scenes commentary, and social media, people are used to getting the story behind the story. Readers want to understand not just what happened but why. This historical novel of the man who washed his hands of the crucifixion does just that! Award-winning historian and best-selling author Paul L. Maier has created a compelling style of documentary fiction. He uses what is historically known of Pilate’s life and rise to power, adds in the known political climate of first-century Judea, and unveils the colorful, untold story that changed history for all time. He provides intriguing answers to questions such as:

      • What really happened at that most famous of trials?
      • Were the proceedings against Jesus legal?
      • Did cowardice or necessity motivate Pilate’s judgment?
      • What became of this successful Roman politician after his verdict?
      Filling in the details of Pilate’s early career in Rome, Maier captures the drama of imperial Rome under the all-powerful Tiberius Caesar, the plottings of his political allies and enemies, and his relationship with his beloved but ambitious wife, Procula. His great moment arrives as he exchanges the intrigues of Rome for the bewildering environment of Judea, navigating new and dangerous waters. In Pontius Pilate, Maier paints a picture for modern readers to help them understand the behind-the-scenes complexities, political and religious realities, and ultimately, the humanity of the people we know from Scripture. (learn more)

    • The First Christmas: The True and Unfamiliar Story

      The events surrounding the birth of Jesus are told with remarkable simplicity in the Bible, but they have too often been obscured by myths, mistletoe, and consumerism. Now in paperback, The First Christmas separates fact from fiction, stripping away Yuletide folklore and questionable traditions to tell how it really was in the world of the Nativity. Delving into Jewish, Greek, Roman, and early Christian sources, Paul L. Maier uncovers fresh and fascinating insights into the true, yet unfamiliar, story of the first Christmas. A captivating combination of sacred and secular history, this informative and entertaining book answers many compelling questions, such as: Why did the Roman emperor Augustus order his famous census? What marriage customs applied to Mary and Joseph? When and where was Jesus born? Who were the Wise Men? What was the Star of Bethlehem? This beautifully illustrated gift book by a best-selling author and church history expert offers a glimpse at the real, historical drama of Christmas. (learn more)

Comments are closed.