Feature Christmas 2013: Strange Nativities

A born again Christian

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f7006 (Published 17 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7006
  1. David Isaacs, infectious diseases physician, and clinical professor1,
  2. Stephen Isaacs, retired child psychiatrist2,
  3. Dominic A Fitzgerald, paediatric respiratory and sleep physician, and clinical professor3
  1. 1Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, NSW 2145, Australia and Discipline of Child Health, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, NSW, Australia
  2. 2London, UK
  3. 3Department of Respiratory Medicine, Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney and Discipline of Child Health, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, NSW, Australia
  1. Correspondence to: D Isaacs david.isaacs{at}health.nsw.gov.au

David Isaacs, Stephen Isaacs, and Dominic Fitzgerald put a modern twist on the nativity story

“Blessèd Herod” grumbled Joseph of Nazareth. “Another senseless census! A 600 furlong hike to Bethlehem to register for another tax increase. You’d think in this modern era of globalisation they could tax the rich to spare the poor. At least it’s all motorway. We can’t afford a GPS on a carpenter’s salary.” “Thou art an honest artisan,” said Mary. “Yes, but with a dubious family tree and no tertiary qualifications, as your parents keep harping on.” “Well, go easy on the wine,” said Mary sweetly. “You know how Herod’s men breathalyse everyone at Christmas.” Joseph stomped out to pack the donkey.

The journey was arduous, with several security checks because of rumoured terrorist activity, but their papyrus passports were in order. In Bethlehem, however, all hotels were fully booked. “So you didn’t get a chance to book on lastminute.com then, my angel?” asked Mary. …

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