Monday, December 21, 2009

Special Christmas Post

Merry Christmas

On this site I am posting a hodge podge of Christmas related articles, sites, photos, etc.

The first house from Jesus' time found in Nazareth ~ link ~ Nazareth was a hamlet of only about 50 houses at the time Mary and Joseph and Jesus lived there.

Is Christmas Christian? ~ link

How to Reclaim Christmas, Chanukah, and Other Holidays ~ link

Stone of Destiny and Christmas Eve of 1950 ~ link ~ The part about the Stone of Destiny (also called the Stone of Scone) is about half way down this article. On late Christmas Eve/early Christmas morning 1950 some Scottish nationalists secretly broke into Westminster Abbey and reclaimed the Stone of Destiny that many Centuries of Irish, Scottish, English, and United Kingdom kings had been crowned upon. (Whatever it means, I was being born at this exact same time in North America; my birthday is Christmas Eve.)

Christmas Ornaments links ~ link ~ link ~ link ~ link ~ link ~ link ~ link ~ link ~ link ~ link ~ link ~

Christmas Trees photos ~ link ~

Christmas Decorations photos ~ link ~ link ~

Christmas Lights photos ~ link ~

Houses with Christmas lights photos ~link ~ link ~ link ~ link ~ link ~ link ~ link ~ link ~ link ~ link ~ link ~ link ~ link ~ link ~ link ~ link ~ link ~ link ~

Description of the Man the Christ Child grew up to be:
The only physical description of Jesus that does exist is from a copy of a letter from the Roman consul Lentulus to the Roman Emperor Tiberius. This document was discovered in a Monastery with copies of other ancient documents. According to the copy of the letter, the original was dated to the 12 year of the reign of Tiberius. We have historical verification that a certain Roman consul named Lentulus was in Judea at the time of Jesus’ trial and crucifixion. His influential family is mentioned by the Jewish historian Josephus in his book Antiquities of the Jews. Scholars are divided, however, as to the authenticity of the letter. Lentulus’ letter was an official report to the Emperor Tiberius. In his letter Lentulus describes Jesus as having: “a noble and lively face, with fair and slightly wavy hair; black and strongly curving eyebrows, intense penetrating blue eyes and an expression of wondrous grace. His nose is rather long. His beard is almost blonde, although not very long. His hair is quite long, and has never seen a pair of scissors…..His neck is slightly inclined, so that he never appears to be bitter or arrogant. His tanned face is the color of ripe corn and well proportioned. It gives the impression of gravity and wisdom, sweetness and good, and is completely lacking in any sign of anger.” (Holy Land Magazine, Franciscan Holy Land Press, Spring 1998).
We can take the information from Lentulus’ letter and add it to the information gathered from the figure of the Shroud of Turin to complete the physical description of Christ. Professor Giovanni Judica-Cordiglia, a Shroud of Turin scholar, took the information collected from the Shroud and interpreted the information using his experience as a doctor and university professor of forensic medicine. He wrote: “The man who was wrapped in the Shroud was a man of great beauty and uncommon statue. He was about one meter and 80 centimeters (six feet) tall, with a perfectly proportioned physique, lithe and harmonious. He was a ‘standard type’ in the most literal sense of the phrase. Although the cloth has suffered much damage, we can see that his face was a very soft and gentle one, rather long and with a broad, straight forehead. The nose is straight and turned slightly downwards; the cheeks are large and slightly protruding. From all the anthropometric calculations so far made, it seems that Christ was physically in far better shape than the average man. Through a complicated process of elaborating his facial data, I can conclude that his cranial capacity was of 1575cc, which would place him in the megalocephalic (large headed) category, with a cranial-capacity coefficient of 95 which would indicate that the weight of his brain was 1492 grams. This is far greater than average, suggesting a person of extraordinary genius." (Professor Judica-Cordiglia, Holy Land Magazine, Franciscan Holy Land Press, Spring 1998)

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