They raised Jesus, according to the Bible. But who were Joseph and Mary—and how did they meet?
And how did a pregnancy that on first glance would be considered scandalous, certainly unconventional, come to be venerated as the defining moment of the planet’s most popular faith? (Above, “The Nativity at Night” by Guido Reni, an Italian baroque painter.)
The Mission: He was exuberant. Optimistic. Imbued with faith. A National Geographic film documents his fatal attempt to bring The Word to a people determined to shield themselves from the outside world.
A holiday that lasts: What is this Jewish celebration called Hanukkah about? The story, of the light that had oil for one day but lasted eight, goes back some 2,000 years, and the Festival of Lights has grown in popularity over recent decades, Nat Geo's Amy Briggs writes. (Above, celebrating by lighting candles in Colorado.)
Today’s soundtrack: How Do You Spell Channukkahh?, The LeeVees Happy weekend! This newsletter has been curated and edited by Nancy San Martín, Jen Tse, and David Beard. Know someone who might want our newsletter in their inbox? Here’s the signup.