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The Stone Manger--The Untold Story of the First Christmas

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  36 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
If you love Christmas, you're really going to enjoy reading Stone Manger - The Untold Story of the First Christmas. You'll take a trip back in time, before the Christmas traditions we have today even existed - back in time to Nazareth and Jerusalem and Bethlehem at the time Joseph and Mary actually lived, to experience the story of the birth of Jesus. And you'll learn the ...more
Kindle Edition, 133 pages
Published (first published December 5th 2011)
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Matt Willden
Jan 14, 2013 Matt Willden rated it liked it
An enjoyable read, particularly for the reader who wants to challenge preconceptions about the birth of Jesus Christ. The careful parsing of fact from fiction makes for thought-provoking chapters. I can't say I loved the tone of the book--I'm curious what tone the author attempted to strike in writing it, because it struck me as entirely too didactic, particularly the first few chapters. The phrasing of his chapters about what he's stating really happened back then feel more smug and finger-wagg ...more
Dec 27, 2011 Debbie rated it liked it
The author takes a more than a few leaps of faith in this book but they are very educated leaps and he never professes to know for sure exactly what happened with Mary, Joseph, and the young baby, Jesus. It was a new perspective on the Christmas story and nativity for me and added much to my contempation of the Savior this holiday season.
Evan Sproul
Mar 30, 2013 Evan Sproul rated it really liked it
This book will educate you, but it might also frustrate you. But if you can put away the frustration, the book is thought provoking, and I recommend it. I caution any reader, however, to be wary of possible cognitive dissonance as one navigates through the blanks every archeologist encounters, filled in by the author with educated imagination.
Jan 30, 2017 Margie rated it really liked it
Interesting. As more and more research is performed and translations of the original texts' tricky words with more than one meaning, and archeological discoveries being made, it's fun to discover a totally plausible more real version of how the Christmas story unfolded such as a stone manger emptied of water instead of a wooden manger filled with hay and a cave camp instead of a barn with animals walking around. No cattle lowing or sheep baaing. Kinda ruins "Away in a Manger" song, but I'd rathe ...more
May 24, 2015 Marcelaine rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
When Ryan was teaching primary, he tried to explain to the kids that Mary and Joseph probably lived in a cave, not a stable, and put Jesus in stone watering trough, not a wooden manger full of hay. The kids nearly branded him as a heretic and refused to believe him. On the way home we were laughing about it and Ryan said, "Those kids can't name all the standard works, but they know, without a shadow of a doubt, that Jesus was born in a wooden barn and laid in a wooden manger filled with hay."

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Feb 05, 2014 Matthew rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
This book had some pretty interesting ideas about the "real" Christmas story. The author does a pretty good job of painting a picture of the culture of the time and explaining his alternative ideas about what happened (like the fact that Jesus was laid in a stone water trough instead of some wooden thing full of straw, hence the title).

My main beef with it were the fact that he expressed the whole thing in this declarative style (i.e., "this is the way it happened," instead of, "this is the way
Dec 23, 2014 Jason rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
okay book. It started out well and then there was a lot of conjuncture. It seems that he does a lot of assuming and then states at the end of the book, "that is exactly how it happened." so how do we know that Mary and Joseph held hands the night of the saviors birth? how do we know that she helped haul stones? there are too many assumptions. also modern revelation put the birth of Christ on April 6th, he says it is December. Does it really matter? probably not, but assumptions as facts is not a ...more
Dec 30, 2014 Lori rated it liked it
I really wanted to love this book. When the author sticks to the facts is it very enlightening. Unfortunately, for much of the book he allows himself to editorialize, imagine Mary and Joseph's feelings, their reaction and action, as well as Joseph's possible place of employment. It isn't that what he comes up with is far fetched, it just feels out of place for a book whose stated purpose is to educate the reader about the true story of our Savior's birth.
Dec 25, 2015 Janice rated it really liked it
Written by an old professor of mine, this read like one of his lectures. I really enjoyed his perspective and learned quite a bit. I do wish I was sitting in one of classes again, so I could follow up with some questions . . .
Jan 22, 2012 Sher rated it it was amazing
A realistic look at what the story of Christ's birth must have been like. I enjoyed reading it very much, and learned a lot of things about the time period. It gave me a lot to think about.
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