Back to Bethlehem, Part 1

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Matthew 1:18
18This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.

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Back to Bethlehem, Part 1
“Back to Bethlehem, Part 1” is episode #135 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Paul McCusker, and originally aired on December 8, 1990.

Summary

Connie and Eugene go into the Imagination Station and experience the birth of Jesus Christ!

Plot

Whit sends Connie and Eugene on a trip in the Imagination Station to witness the birth of Jesus Christ.

Along the way, they encounter a cranky innkeeper, several smelly shepherds, a crazy but sincere Jewish teacher, a hot-headed but romantic young zealot, a callous but romantic Roman general, and a carpenter and his maiden bride.

While the zealot and the general vie for Connie's affections, the teacher explains the strange star up in the sky to Eugene - and they both bear witness to the glory of the newborn King.

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Discussion Questions

  1. Whit said much of what we think about Christmas is pure speculation. Based on what the Bible says, how do you think the first Christmas might have been different than how we picture it?
  2. Bethlehem wasn't a very nice place for a baby to be born. Why was Jesus born there?

Cast

Role Voice Actor
Benjamin Hal Smith
Connie Kendall Katie Leigh
Eugene Meltsner Will Ryan
Captain Felix Walker Edmiston
Hezekiah Parley Baer
John Whittaker Hal Smith
Judah Nathan Carlson
Julius Schnitzelbonker Chuck Bolte
General Lucanus Earl Boen
Man in the crowd Phil Lollar
Rebekah Maggie Malooly


Notes

Trivia
  • The wraparounds to this episode feature a Christmas version of the theme.
  • This was the first Adventures in Odyssey three-part episode.
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Benjamin: Enough of that kind of talk, you foolish boy! Go home and tell your mother I said to spank you!

Chris Anthony: But Doc, the Christmas spirit isn't something you can manufacture by a machine.
Julius Schnitzelbonker: Oh yeah, smarty pants? Well, tell that to all the people who make video games, huh?

Connie Kendall: The IQ of a planet and he can't even tie his own sandals.
Eugene Meltsner: I'll ignore that.

John Whittaker: Just push the button when the doors are closed Connie. Both sides are synchronized.

Connie Kendall: I bet you don't know how to change the oil in a car.
Judah: Car?
Connie Kendall: Or fix a Whittaker special double-decker sundae.
Judah: Double... decker?
Connie Kendall: See I'm just as smart as you. And I'm getting a little tired of Eugene and all you men talking about me like I'm some sort of work camel.

Hezekiah: Who are you?
Eugene Meltsner: I'm Eu... uh.. people call me "Eugenius."
Connie Kendall: Oh, brother!

Chris Anthony: You know, you look kinda cute as a Tinkerbell, doctor.
Julius Schnitzelbonker: Yeah, but the tutu's a little short.

Judah: I want to speak to this servant girl. I've never heard anyone speak the way she does!
Eugene Meltsner: Mathematically, that makes two of us.