Nativity

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What Exactly Was the Star of Bethlehem?

Only one astronomical body matches Matthew’s description of the Star perfectly — a comet.

The Woman Missing from Your Nativity Set

The Sibyl, a much-revered prophet, has been quietly removed from our memory of the “first Christmas.”

Gift This, Not That: A Gift-Giving Guide for Your Pastor

Don’t add to your pastor’s surplus of Christian bookstore paraphernalia — try these gifts instead.

At Christmas, A Rare Collaboration to Restore an Ancient Church

A 21st century Bethlehem miracle? This year, the three churches that share responsibility for the Church of the Nativity came together for an act of restoration.

Epiphany: No, Christmas Isn’t Over Just Yet

Here’s what the greeting cards and Nativity plays don’t tell us about the Christmas story.