October 29, 2019
Explore the Life of Joseph as Your Christmas Bible Study
The main character in this Christmas-related Bible study is none other than Joseph, the foster-father of Jesus. Join us as host Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz, former Speaker for The Lutheran Hour, sheds light on one of the New Testament's major unsung heroes in Joseph: Carpenter of Steel. The study was written by Rev. Wayne Palmer, formerly LHM's theological writer, and now editor for Bible and Bible resources at Concordia Publishing House. Also, adding historical perspective to this study is best-selling author and professor emeritus of ancient history from Western Michigan University, Dr. Paul L. Maier.
Joseph is a man appointed by God to do extraordinary things. This four-part study examines in rich and telling detail the fascinating life and times of this New Testament "average Joe." Though he's behind the scenes in the narrative, with few crucial details given about him, Joseph is front and center when it comes to faith and the role he would have in caring for God's Son on earth.
It had to be tough for Joseph to hear that his betrothed was with Child, and by the Holy Spirit, no less. But that would be only the first of many things he would have to deal with. After that bombshell, there was the inconvenient trek to Bethlehem with the pregnant Mary to fulfill the census, finding a suitable place for the Christ Child to be born, beating a trail to Egypt to escape Herod's homicidal directive and, finally, the no-little matter of raising the very Son of God.
Enhancing this Bible study is a discussion guide with numerous internet links, providing historical and cultural details on things like Augustus' census, the birthplace of Jesus, the wise men, the lunacy of Herod the Great, extra-biblical stories about Joseph, the question of Jesus' brothers and sisters, and more.
There is also a version for our Spanish-speaking friends, Jose, un carpintero de acero, which is subtitled in Spanish and available for $15 from LHM's storefront.
You can check Joseph out by clicking here.
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