The Original Story
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.