I spent an hour talking about the new movie, The Nativity Story, with Dr. Mark D. Roberts (who has a great series of posts on the subject) and historian Paul Maier. Maier is widely known and respected for his scholarship on the era, and proved to be a wonderful guest. Roberts, as usual, was full of the insight his readers love. Give a listen to the hour and then go see the movie. As Roberts put it, when you are feeling a little overwhelmed by the Christmas season, the film is a wonderful way to get past the noise and back to the real meaning of Christmas.
Maier’s is one of the world’s leading authorities on Josephus, and Roberts recommends Maier’s In The Fullness of Time as the first of Maier’s books to read.