Daniel L. Christiansen holds a PhD (ABD) from Highland Theological Seminary in Scotland, a Master's in Exegetical Theology from Western Seminary and Bachelor's from Multnomah School of the Bible. He has been a faculty member of Multnomah University since 1995, teaching Hellenistic Greek, Old Testament Literature, New Testament Literature, Systematic Theology, Biblical Theology and Bible Study Methods, among other courses. Christiansen is a former faculty member of Portland Bible College and spent seven years in Pastoral Ministry. He is a speaker, an award-winning translator for National Poet Laureate in Romania, a member of Mensa International, DEX National Honor Society, Evangelical Honor Society and other such organizations.
In regard to the annunciation and birth of the Messiah, the point is usually taken to be the majesty of a God who is able both to control events before they happen, and to create life in any way He chooses. Jesus is then seen as GodÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â™s decision to bless us in a practical manner, taking notice of human needs. This, of course, is part of what Mary affirms in Luke 1:47. A more careful look at Isaiah, however, will reveal a surprising and disturbing depth to the opening chapter of Matthew.