Christian Christmas Myths

December 21, 2014

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Topic Notes

  • Getting close to Christmas!
  • Myth #1: We are taught that Mary and Joseph arrived at an inn, but it was full so they had to stay in stable.
  • The word translated “inn” is does not mean “hotel”… the Greek word is kataluma (kat-al’-oo-mah). Used in: Luke 22:11, and Mark 14:14 – The Upper Room
  • Luke 22:11
  • Where’s the word “inn”? IT IS NOT THERE.. Word is “guest room” Mary and Joseph actually were looking to stay at a “guest room’!!
  • Luke 10:34 mentions an “inn” and he uses the Greek word pandocheion (pan-dokk-i’-on)
  • Myth #2: “Jesus was born on December 25th”
  • Luke 2:8
  • Christ was probably born in a warm season like summer, not a cold one like winter.
  • Christians chose December 25th during the pagan festival of Rome: feast of goddess Brutus.
    • Was Mary a virgin or not?
    • Isaiah 7:14 vs Matthew 1:23
  • Myth #3: Joseph and Mary arrived to Bethlehem late at night.
  • Bible doesn’t say when.
  • We drive, but they walked just 10-15 miles a day. They knew how long they would travel.
  • Furthermore, traveling at night was dangerous.
  • They probably arrived in the late afternoon.
  • Myth #4: The innkeeper had no alternative but to put Mary and Joseph in stable at night.
  • Sheep protected in stone walls. Other animals brought into house at night.
  • Not a stable, but a family home.
  • Myth #5: Mary gave birth to Jesus the night they arrived.
  • Luke says “while they were there the days were completed”
  • Joseph probably didn’t travel on the day of the birth.
  • Myth #6: Mary was alone in a stable when Jesus was born.
  • The Bible never says that!



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