‘Tis the Season: Paul and the Invention of Christmas

One would not normally think of the apostle Paul around Christmas time since all of the focus of the holiday, beyond the shopping, gift-giving, and family gatherings–is on the birth of Jesus. Many biblical scholars would argue that Paul knows nothing of the “virgin birth” of Jesus but I argue differently in my book, Paul and Jesus-in fact I maintain that he “invented” it. If that be the case one could say that Paul is the real architect of Christmas.

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Here are three posts that touch on this topic in various ways:

The Daily Beast: Should Christians Celebrate the Birth of Jesus or of Paul?

The Huffington Post: Did Paul Invent the Virgin Birth?

The Christian Science Monitor: Paul and Celebrating Christmas

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