Moorlands College

Bible college reinvents 'incorrect' Christmas carols - video

Tue 04 Dec 2018
By Alex Williams

Lyrics to "biblically incorrect" Christmas carols have been re-worded by staff at a UK Bible college for a new light-hearted video.

The Moorlands College version of 'We Three Kings of Orient Are' points out that the gospels do not number the magi who visited baby Jesus, while Bethlehem's landlocked setting means vessels could not have sailed there as the song 'I Saw Three Ships On Christmas Day' suggests.

During a tongue-in-cheek introduction to the musical compilation, Principal Dr Steve Brady said: "You will be corrected and immunised against the nonsense that so often flows around at this period in the year..."


The video asserts that Jesus was "probably" born during autumn, contrary to what the popular carol 'In the Bleak Midwinter' suggests - and no one can be sure the cows mentioned in 'Away in a Manger' were definitely "lowing".

In answer to Eric Boswell's popular 'Little Donkey', staff break out into song when they point out "there's no donkey, there's no donkey in either Matthew or Luke".


Meanwhile, lyrics to "O Little Town of Bethlehem" would have been more fitting in they had described the settlement as "O mid-sized town of Bethlehem."


The video was produced as part of the annual Winter Variety Show at Moorlands College. Dr Steve Brady is about to mark his final Christmas at the institution prior to his departure.

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In June, Dr Brady told Premier he did not want to become the "Arsene Wenger of Bible college principals" but he believed it was the right time to move on.

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