O Come O Come Emmanuel Revisited Again

by Hylan Slobodkin

December 26, 2020

O Come, O Come Emmanuel, was originally written in Latin in the 8th or 9th century and translated into English by John Mason Neale in 1861. It was inspired by Isaiah 7:14: “Therefore the LORD Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel [God with us].” It may be a favorite Christmas carol, but it’s a beautiful story of salvation and deliverance from a very Jewish perspective.
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