Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Holy Innocents

Today is the feast of the Holy Innocents; those infants murdered 2000 years ago for the crime of being born close to the time of Jesus' birth. Many of the events surrounding the Nativity are firmly established by history and archeology, but this event is not recorded, leading some to question whether or not it actually happened.

Certainly Herod was capable of doing such a deed. He had his own children murdered to protect his position, why would he hesitate at killing some Jewish children? Some historians say that the events were not recorded because the number children actually murdered was probably not as great as believed. Others cite Herod's friendship with the "media" of that day. Can we find any analogues in modern day events?

If you're stumped, I refer you over to the excellent Redneck Reflections blog.


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