In the Spring of 2022 Fr Longenecker spent a two month sabbatical in Jerusalem researching his book on the Bethlehem Shepherds. This little volume explores the background of the infancy narrative in St Luke’s gospel and sheds light on the well known stories by exploring the geography, economics, politics and culture of the time. In doing so, Fr Longenecker strips away some of the well known additions and traditions to help us understand what the first Christmas was really like.