Join two fellow travelers as we journey back to first-century Palestine to encounter a precocious pregnant teen, a band of suspicious pagan astrologers, a murderous tyrant, and . . . a dragon? In this inspiring and humorous first volume, Chad Hartsock and Dave McNeely invite you to revisit the biblical narratives that inform our Christmas imagination, even as we playfully examine the ways our Christmas imagination has wondered afar from these ancient narratives. On the way, we'll ask important questions like: * Why can't Luke stop talking about John the Baptist in his infancy narrative? * Just what did Mary know and when did she know it? * Should your nativity have a caganer, a dragon, or both?
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About the Author
Chad Hartsock was raised in Bristol, VA (but does not like NASCAR). Educated at Virginia High School, Carson-Newman University, and the George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Chad earned his Ph.D. in Biblical Studies at Baylor University in 2007. He taught at Carson-Newman University for 11 years before moving to the Christian Academy of Knoxville. Chad is author of Sight and Blindness in Luke-Acts: The Use of Physical Features in Characterization (Brill, 2008), along with several academic articles. Chad has also served as a student minister and itinerant preacher for many years, and he officiates high school sports on the side. He also once used a urinal next to N.T. Wright. Chad is also the founder of The REL Fantasy Football League, and the 2011 champion. Chad can be reached at email@example.com. Dave McNeely is a native Kentuckian, longtime Tennessean, and loyal Hufflepuff. Educated at Marilyn Moore's home preschool, Burlington Elementary, Conner Middle, Conner High, Carson-Newman University, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond (R.I.P.), and Iliff School of Theology, he has published through various outlets, including contributing chapters to Faith Forward: A Dialogue on Children, Youth, and a New Kind of Christianity, ed. Dave Csinos and Melvin Bray (Woodlake, 2013) and The Exiled Generations: Legacies of the Southern Baptist Convention Holy Wars, ed. Carl Kell (University of Tennessee Press, 2014). He is also featured in Catmania, a photographic tribute to University of Kentucky Wildcats basketball fans (true story). He was Champion of the REL Fantasy Football League in 2018. Dave can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.