The Contemplative New Testament: Luke 2

As a PhD candidate in Christian Origins, I spend a lot of my time in the Bible. What this means is that if you would trust a first year med student to operate on your brain, you will feel comfortable using these for your devotional life.  I have translated the texts with two main angles always in mind:  God’s Kingdom and Christian Spirituality.  I trust you will find these new paraphrases enlightening as you live out God’s counter-intuitive ways on earth as it is in heaven.

Luke 2.1-7

And the months passed.  And it happened one day that a message was delivered by Caesar Augustus.  He was taking a census of the whole world.

It was the first census ever before the one when Kurenios was ruling Syria.

And everybody packed their things to register, each to the city where his family came from.

And Joseph set off to register too.  He went with his fiancée Mary who was now eight months pregnant.  They set off from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth.  They went to Judea into a city of David, called Bethlehem.  They went there because Joseph was from that land and it used to be his father David’s.

And while they were there, Mary went into labor.  And she gave birth to her son, to the firstborn.  And she swaddled him and set him in a manger crib, because there was no place for them in the inn.