Is the Christmas Story Based on a Lie?
December 25, 2012 3 Comments
Friends from the Middle East are some of the kindest, most accommodating and hospitable people I’ve met. I don’t know if this is true of everyone from the region, but many have told me this attitude is intentionally cultivated within their culture.
So here’s what doesn’t add up about the Christmas Story: the innkeeper’s response.
Sorry, there’s no room. Not tonight.
Really? For a pregnant woman about to give birth?
From a culture that so highly esteems hospitality, this seems odd.
Mike Erre suggests the reason is because gossip about how Mary’s baby was conceived preceded her. In those days, her claims would have raised eyebrows and cast Jesus as a “mamzer”. The Septuagint translates the term mamzer as son “of a prostitute” and the Latin Vulgate translates it as “born of a prostitute”.
In English, it is translated as “bastard”.
So what if the town’s people (including the innkeeper) turned Mary and Joseph away, not because of a lack of space, but because they did not want to associate with a bastard?
Although there is no biblical proof for this notion, does the idea make you feel differently about the Christmas Story?