From Mary and Jesus to Herod

- and other characters from The Nativity

Since the festival of Christmas commands a pre-eminent position – of observance and celebration – on Guyana’s Annual Calendar of National Events, I thought I’d pen a few lines to provoke thought and meditation relevant to the “Real Reason for the Season”.

That, of course, is the Divine Birth of the Christ Child.   It is a tale of high drama – drama which embraces miracle, disbelief, the realities of poverty and migration and of abundant faith. I share the view, as do many theological scholars, that if Christians do not believe the drama of the Divine Birth and if they are uncertain about their Saviour’s Execution and Resurrec-tion, they are left with two mighty gaps relevant to their Christianity.  But, to me, even acceptance can entertain further research, debate, even doubt.

Much of what follows – the descriptions and delineations and opinions surrounding a few principal players of the Nativity – is derived ….

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