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The Case for Christmas

A Journalist Investigates the Identity of the Child in the Manger
Narrated by: Lee Strobel
Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
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Says Lee Strobel, the author of The Case for Christmas: Who was in the manger? 

Even after two millennia, controversy continues to swirl around the Christmas child. “Scholarly debate is intensifying over who Jesus actually was: divine, human, or both?” said a recent article in The Chicago Tribune. “Jesus has been portrayed in a burst of books as, among other things, a Cynic philosopher, an apocalyptic prophet, a zealot, a rabbi, a Pharisee, a feminist, a radical egalitarian, and a postmodern social critic.” Like countless other children, I listened with rapt fascination each year to the traditional Bible story about Christmas. But as I matured, skepticism set in. I concluded that not only is Santa Claus merely a feel-good fable, but that the entire Christmas tale was itself built on a flimsy foundation of wishful thinking. All of that changed, however, after I took a cue from one of the most famous Bible passages about Christmas. The story, recorded in Luke 2:8-18, describes how an angel announced to a ragtag group of sheepherders that “a Savior who is Messiah and Master” had been born in David’s town. 

Was this a hoax? A hallucination? Or was it the pivotal event of human history - the incarnation of the Living God? The sheepherders were determined to get to the bottom of the matter. “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can,” they said, “and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.” They left, running, to personally investigate the evidence for themselves. Two thousand years later, challenged by my agnostic wife’s conversion to Christianity, I also undertook an urgent mission to determine the true identity of the child in the manger. Through interviews with scholars and other experts, I sought to resolve the question best posed by Jesus himself: “Who do you say that I am?” 

The Case for Christmas retraces and expands upon my journey by delving into the roots of this most cherished holiday. Can we believe in our scientific age that Jesus was really born of a virgin? Is there astronomical support for the mysterious star that led three individuals to the newly born “king”? Does history support the Bible’s claim that a Roman census sent Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, or that Herod the Great ruthlessly slaughtered the children of that rural village, seeking to destroy his supposed rival? Did Jesus match the prophetic “fingerprint” of the Messiah? And did he manage to fulfill the attributes of God? By focusing on the “hows” and whys” of Christmas, this warm yet journalistic book will help believers reaffirm their faith while guiding seekers as they pursue solid answers about this miraculous occurrence. The evidence is in. The verdict is up to you. 

©2005 Lee Strobel (P)2005 The Zondervan Corporation

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Nothing really new

Lee pulled notes from the Case for Christ and added some additional notes... No actual new information... I was disappointed...

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Short and very sweet!

Loved this concise and compelling account of Strobel’s search for the truth about Jesus’ identity. A must-read for those searching for and those who have found Jesus!

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A great read for Christmas

This is basically an abridged version of Lee Strobel's book, The Case For Christ that focuses on on the evidences for the Biblical narrative about the birth of Jesus. Lee Strobel is always an interesting read and he does a great job narrating as well.

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Great book to refocus attention on Christ during the holiday season.

Great book to refocus attention on Christ during the holiday season. It is, however, a shortened version of
the author’s “Case for Christ.”

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it was a disappointment compared to his other works. I want my money back. I feel it fell short.

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  • 11-24-17

Absolutely fantastic book! Clear and fascinating.

Cleared up the meaning of Christmas for me! Loved it!
Lee Strobel is a wonderful writer and reader. I hung on to every word and learned so much!! Highly highly recommended!!