To Our Readers

To Our Readers,

Christmas, one of the great feasts of the Christian calendar, has been shaped and inculturated in innumerable ways through the centuries. What does it celebrate, and how does it do that? This issue of The Yale ISM Review takes up these questions and provides insights and some surprising answers—in music, art, literature, and liturgy.

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~ Rita Ferrone, Editor

November 1st, 2016

Table of Contents

In This Issue

On the Cover

Music and Divine Encounter in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio

The Magi and the Manger: Imaging Christmas in Ancient Art and Ritual

Sant’Apollinare Nuovo, Ravenna

Born in Us Today: The Gospel of Incarnation

A Meeting of Domestic and Liturgical Rites: Joy and Light in Orthodox Christmas

Christmas in Fear, or Looking over One’s Shoulder at the Crèche

The Grinch that Didn’t Steal Christmas: A Reformation Story

The Christmas Hearth

Can We Still See Calvary from Bethlehem?