Nativity Feedback and Issues of Timing - Dec 19
Well, I have not received many feedback comments on this site about the movie, but I have received several emails from folks who enjoyed it. What I like best is the authentic feel of the first century and a serious attempt to wrestle with the human dilemma Mary and Joseph found themselves in. I agree with the response that gave special kudos to the actor who played Joseph. He was superb. My own sense is that Mary was played in a little too low key a manner at least in certain scenes, although given the restricted role of women in the time we should not expect her to give free vent to all her emotions. Her reaction to the angelic announcement did not express enough surprise and shock initially in my view. I mean, can you imagine getting that word? Those who know the account also know that the magi and shepherds would not have been at the scene at the same time (millions of nativity scenes otherwise notwithstanding!). The normal limit people give of two years seems to me off as well. (Herod was probably trying to be sure he got the child and so probably extended the time frame needed to be sure) The first forty days before a trip to the temple for cleansing after the birth seems a more likely time frame for the magi visit with the dream of warning coming sometime close to that temple visit by the family of three. Of course, no one knows, since we have to put that puzzle together without having all the pieces we need.