Another take on the Nativity

This might not be popular with a few of you, but in dealing with Wisdom/Logos Christology, it does play into John’s prologue among other things.

From Wisdom 18.5, 14-22

When they had resolved to kill the babes of thy holy ones, and one child had been exposed and rescued, thou didst in punishment take away a multitude of their children; and thou didst destroy them all together by a mighty flood.


For while gentle silence enveloped all things, and night in its swift course was now half gone, thy all-powerful word (logos) leaped from heaven, from the royal throne, into the midst of the land that was doomed, a stern warrior carrying the sharp sword of thy authentic command, and stood and filled all things with death, and touched heaven while standing on the earth.

Then at once apparitions in dreadful dreams greatly troubled them, and unexpected fears assailed them; and one here and another there, hurled down half dead, made known why they were dying; for the dreams which disturbed them forewarned them of this, so that they might not perish without knowing why they suffered.

The experience of death touched also the righteous, and a plague came upon the multitude in the desert, but the wrath did not long continue.

For a blameless man was quick to act as their champion; he brought forward the shield of his ministry, prayer and propitiation by incense; he withstood the anger and put an end to the disaster, showing that he was thy servant. He conquered the wrath not by strength of body, and not by force of arms, but by his word he subdued the punisher, appealing to the oaths and covenants given to our fathers.

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