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The Hebraic Hymns of Advent and Christmas

Right now, the season of Advent is upon us, and it’s one of my favorites. Our hymns have a much more Hebraic focus than the rest of the year. They are full of rich prophecies about God’s promises to redeem Israel, and through them bring redemption to the world.

Listen to these lines from O Come All Ye Faithful:

O come, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.

O come, O come, Thou Lord of Might
Who to Thy tribes on Sinai’s height
In ancient times didst give the law
In cloud, and majesty, and awe.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

Or Comfort, Comfort Now my People, which comes from Isaiah 40:

Comfort, comfort now my people;
tell of peace!” So says our God.
“Comfort those who sit in darkness
mourning under sorrow’s load.
To my people now proclaim
that my pardon waits for them!
Tell them that their sins I cover,
and their warfare now is over.”

For the herald’s voice is crying
in the desert far and near,
calling us to true repentance,
since the reign of God is here.
O, that warning cry obey!
Now prepare for God a way.
Let the valleys rise in meeting
and the hills bow down in greeting.

Straight shall be what long was crooked,
and the rougher places plain.
Let your hearts be true and humble,
as befits God’s holy…

Free Download: First Chapter of Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus

Great news! As of December 1, my new book Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus is available and shipping from the OurRabbiJesus bookstore. (More info on the book description page.) To celebrate, I’m sharing a really nice sample preview of the book.

Download a free pdf of the covers, contents and first chapter at this link. You can order the book on its description page or in the ORJ bookstore.

Note that this is a exclusive pre-release sale! The official release date is January 2, 2018, so elsewhere online the book is only for preorder. Normally people have no way to get books any earlier, but I’ve set things up to send out books from my office. That way friends and supporters can get a copy before the rest of the world and even pick up a surprise holiday gift or two 🙂

By ordering through my office, you’re supporting my writing and ministry directly, by the way. I appreciate your generosity so much!