The story continues as we examine Matthew 1:18-23 and Luke 1:5-56. Who were the Maccabees? How did Herod the Great come to power? Does Malachi predict the coming of John the Baptist? Is Christianity just about “being like Jesus” or does it require belief in the “essential” doctrines? Does Isaiah predict the virgin birth of Jesus or was this just a bad translation? What does this mean for the incarnation?