The Original Story

Margaret Barker


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In Christmas, The Original Story Margaret Barker explores the nature of the Christmas stories
and the nature and use of Old Testament prophecy. Beginning with John’s account, it then
goes on to include Luke and Matthew, the apocryphal gospels, and the traditions of the Coptic
Church, to throw light upon wise men and their gifts, the character of Herod, Matthew’s use of
prophecy, the holy family in Egypt.
This book also discusses the stories we get from the Infancy Gospel of Jesus and the
development of the Orthodox Christmas icon, as well as the Christmas story and the Mary
material in the Koran.


Margaret Barker:
Margaret Barker is a well-known and high-selling author and former president of the Society for Old Testament study. She is a member of the ecumenical Patriarch's Symposium on Religion, Science and the Environment and a Methodist Local Preacher.