I was halfway through preparing a longish post on my recent experience of the “Jews and Christians reading the Bible” course at ACU when my laptop went flat, so I turned back to my reading. Happily I came across this article by N.T. Wright on the Virgin Birth, published on the ABC Religion and Ethics site before Christmas.
The birth narrative in Matthew was one passage we looked at in the course. Those critical of using historical critical methods to read the Scripture often reach their position of criticism because the methods seem to undercut our orthodox faith. But need it be so? If we are convinced that the hisstorical basis of our faith is important, studying the history of our texts should not be a “no go” area.
This essay by Wright is short but to the point. I commend it to you for consideration.