In these intriguing vignettes, author Joe Cothen retells the story of Christmas, recreating the wondrous events surrounding it as seen by those who might have been in Bethlehem on that Divine occasion. He offers knowledgeable and non-sectarian insight into the activities, thoughts, and emotions of participants, observers, and bystanders in this fulfillment of ancient Biblical prophesy.
There is the haughty Caesar, the despised Roman centurion, and the weary businessman. Among others, there also are the priest, the street urchin, and the leper. All unknowingly go about their daily routines. How could they have know what was to take place? And had they known, would they have acted differently? From this series of profiles emerges a timeless message, one that brings joy and hope to man today, just as it did in Bethlehem twenty centuries ago.
About the Author
Dr. Joe H. Cothen, a graduate of Mississippi College and the University of Southern Mississippi, earned his doctor of theology degree from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1955 and pastored for more than forty years in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Dr. Cothen also is the author of The Preacher’s Notebook on Isaiah, The Pulpit Is Waiting: A Guide for Pastoral Preaching, and Equipped for Good Work, all published by Pelican.
COME TO BETHLEHEM
The Christmas Story
By Joe Cothen
Illustrated by Robert Seago
RELIGION / HOLIDAY / Christmas & Advent
64 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/4
ISBN: 9780882890982 hc