For first time in nearly 40 years, Hanukkah and Christmas Eve are on the same day

Today, for the first time in nearly 40 years, Christmas Eve and the beginning of Hanukkah coincide. This is fitting for many reasons.
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William J. Hamblin is Professor of History at Brigham Young University,
 specializing in the ancient and medieval Near East. His first novel The Book of Malchus, (co-
authored with Neil Newell) was published in 2010.