New Book Dispels Popular Misconceptions Surrounding the Birth of Jesus Christ

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Author, Preacher, and College Professor Jeffery Donley provides raw account of the famous Christmas tale

The Christmas season centers around the famous birth story of Jesus Christ. The narrative has become so ingrained into the holiday that few stop to question the validity and accuracy of the renowned account. Using his 32 years of ministry experience, author, preacher, and college professor Jeffery Donley gives new insight into the beginnings of the Holy Family from conception to birth in The Counterfeit Christmas: What the Gospels Really Teach About the Birth of Jesus.

“When the story of the birth of Christ is told around the holidays each year, it gets further and further from what transpired,” Donley said. “Too often, the versions of the story we hear are historically inaccurate. With The Counterfeit Christmas, I want to shed light on the genesis story of Jesus, Mary and Joseph and tell their magnificent narrative in the most truthful light possible.”

The Counterfeit Christmas provides a new and authentic look at the birth story of Jesus Christ. Using archaeological facts, historical documents, and biblical references, Donley corrects many of the mistaken assumptions surrounding the nativity of Jesus and shares an accurate account of the events leading up to the birth of the Messiah. Donley also provides study guide questions to help readers better understand the powerful teachings of the Bible and return readers to the origins of Christmas.

“Christmas will never remain the same for all who live the story of our Lord’s birth once again in the way it is retold here. Jeffery’s writing takes a story we all think is so well known it hardly bears repeating, yet Donley puts it so dramatically that it will never seem the same ever again!” - Biblical Scholar Dr. Walter C. Kaiser, Jr.

“The Counterfeit Christmas: What the Gospels Really Teach About the Birth of Jesus”
By Jeffery Donley
ISBN: 9781512756388 (hardcover) 9781512756371 (softcover) 9781512756364 (e-book)
Available at Amazon,Barnes and Noble and Westbow Press

About the author

Jeffery Donley is a teacher, preacher, and Biblical scholar, with a storyteller's gift who brings God's Word to life! Donley received his Master in Arts (MA) and Master of Divinity (MDiv) degrees in Systematic Theology from Cincinnati Christian University before later earning his Master of Theology (ThM) from Princeton Theological Seminary in New Testament, a Master of Letters (MLitt) degree from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom in Theology, and a Doctor of Philosophy (PHD) degree in Philosophical Hermeneutics from the University of Wales, United Kingdom.

Donley translated one of the more famous of the Dead Sea Scrolls, The Copper Scroll, at the University of Manchester, England. While at Princeton Donley studied with the renowned scholar Dr. Bruce Metzger.

Donley started his ministry work in 1976 and his college teaching career in 1982 and continues to preach in churches and conferences around the United States today.


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