Open Hearts in Bethlehem Set

Open Hearts in Bethlehem Set

Open Hearts in Bethlehem Set

Music and Words by Kenneth E. Bailey
Music by Lois Hopkins
Words by Daniel Thambyrajah Niles

The traditional story of Jesus' birth is well known and beloved. A long journey from home. A pregnant mother. The crisis of birth. Remarkable visitors.

But there is more. For the first time, here is a drama that accurately presents what the Bible actually says rather than what tradition and mistranslations of Scripture have portrayed. This fresh Christmas drama from world-renowned Middle Eastern and biblical expert Kenneth Bailey is full of wonder and hope.

In addition to Bailey's book/script, the Open Hearts in Bethlehem Set offers the companion CD featuring five original songs for guitar and one (SATB) choral anthem. Written by Lois Hopkins and David Bailey, these contemporary folk songs will give your production an unforgettable musical atmosphere.

Pastors, Christian educators, musicians and others will welcome the opportunity to present to their congregations this drama of hospitality, grace and joy. Here's to making next Christmas an occassion your congregation won't forget.

IVP Books
 
Open Hearts in Bethlehem Set
product set
  • Length: 2 volumes
  •  In stock
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-3753-3
  • Item Code: 3753

"With profound biblical understanding expressed in simple beauty, Ken Bailey combines his gifts with those of son/songwriter David, D. T. Niles and others to help us 'drink from the spring of Scripture as close to the source as possible.' In a world awash in stereotypical Christmas celebrations, don't miss this opportunity to offer Jesus our best."

The Rev. Dr. Paul Detterman, Presbyterians for Renewal/The Fellowship of Presbyterians

"Your Christmas program will never be the same once you 'drink from the spring of Scripture' and hear the story of Christ's birth anew through the Middle Eastern insights of Ken Bailey--a master teacher for all ages!"

Emily Brink, senior research fellow, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship

"Ken Bailey's scholarship gave "the West" a real treasure in Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes. His scholarship and imagination have now given western eyes a new way of looking at the birth of Jesus. Christmas in church has been offered a new and authentic setting--what a gift, what a legacy!"

Fr. Tim Murphy PP, Blessington, Ireland

"Ken Bailey retells the Christmas story not only with biblical integrity but with great warmth, wit and wisdom. When this drama was presented, we watched the incarnation become transformed from 'no room at the inn' into an experience of radical hospitality. This imaginative, dramatic script can revitalize the Christmas season in any size congregation."

Susan Andrews, former moderator of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

"Having seen a production of Ken Bailey's Open Hearts in Bethlehem I can say that it is the new and important Christmas play many of us have been longing and waiting for. It reflects Dr. Bailey's lifelong immersion in Middle Eastern culture and his brilliant grasp of theological scholarship. Add to that the beautiful original musical score and the result is a fresh and original approach to the Christmas story. As an actor-director and former professor of theatre I highly recommend this production."

The Venerable Mark Stevenson, academic dean, Trinity School for Ministry

"This fresh Christmas drama from world renowned Middle Eastern and biblical expert Kenneth Bailey is full of wonder and hope. Pastors, Christian educators, musicians and others will welcome the opportunity to present to their congregations this drama of hospitality, grace and joy."

Gail Welborn, Examiner, November 2013
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