Jesus the shepherd, and the shepherds

The appearance of the angels to the shepherds near Bethlehem may be part of the fulfillment of a prophecy that had been given through Ezekiel several centuries earlier.

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.