The Christmas story is so rich, many-faceted and beautiful that we can spend our whole lives contemplating its meaning. Thanks for covering some of its facets this Christmas. I have greatly appreciated your insights. Soon spring will come to glamourous Queens. Can we convince you to compose an Easter blog series?
It has really been a treat to get up every morning and start the day with your Christmas blogs, Professor Mead. I will miss them.
Perhaps you might do your loyal readers the favor of doing some Easter blogging. As you know, Dante enters the Inferno on Good Friday and ends his sojourn there on Easter Sunday. Dante had the good fortune of having Virgil as his tour guide. Your non-Christian readers are fortunate to have had you as our Virgil as you’ve patiently and carefully explained what the Christmas season is all about.
Thanks again. It was good.
Thanks for enlightening so many, myself included, about the light and hope for the World.
It took not only a big mind but a large mind to undertake this and do it so well. Thanks very much!
Logos – Meaning – Theme: Yule Blogs 2011-2012 illuminated our Christmas here at Via Meadia. Thanks WRM.
You have awakened my interest in the faith of my youth. I will carry on with more reading and reflection. Best wishes to you and your students in the next term.
I enjoyed last year’s Yule blog immensely, and was looking forward to this one with anticipation. You did not disappoint. Thank you and Merry Christmas.
For those who have trouble parsing the King James Version, I’ll paste below John 1:1-18 in the more contemporary language of the NIV.
I pasted from http://www.biblegateway.com/ BibleGateway has many different translations in text and audio format, as well as numerous other resources for Bible study. These, I just discovered, include plans for reading the whole KJV or NIV Bible, or just the NIV New Testament, in 2012.
Prof. Mead, your Yule Blog has blessed us all. Thank you, and may God bless your 2012.
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it.
6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
15 (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) 16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and[b] is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.
Thank you for the Yule Blog. In the hustle of Christmas, we forget about the spiritual meaning behind the season.
Your Yule Blog has been a wonderful addition to our Christmas Season. I’ve enjoyed sharing it with family and friends.
By the way, in a Faith Matters blog at Thanksgiving you suggested The Jewish Annotated New Testament. It made a great Christmas present for my wife and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.