Bible Study Moment

For Christmas I am going to call your attention to a birth story that doesn’t get included in children’s pageants, at least none that I’ve seen, Luke 2:21-38.
Jesus is circumcised, and then Mary, Joseph, and Jesus go to the temple in Jerusalem for the ritual purification for Mary after giving birth. While there two prophets recognize the baby Jesus as the Lord’s Christ (anointed one); first Simeon with his proclamation in verses 29-32, and then Anna with less detail.
Since their sacrifice was two turtledoves or young pigeons we know that they are of lower economic status because that is the sacrifice for those who cannot afford to sacrifice a sheep.

Our daughter Anna is named after this Anna. I wanted a biblical name where the woman is not primarily known for being a relative (usually wife or mother) of a more prominent man.

Mark Phillips