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Nativity: Sholem Asch's Story of the Birth of Jesus

Nativity: Sholem Asch's Story of the Birth of Jesus

Sholem Asch (1880–1957), a prominent Yiddish author and the father of Folkways founder Moses (Moe) Asch, wrote a long novel, The Nazarene, about the life of Jesus, in Yiddish, in 1939. A few years later, at Moe’s urging, Asch wrote a shorter work on the Nativity in English that would be of appropriate length for a phonograph record. The story remained unpublished and unrecorded until this Folkways release in 1963.

Moe Asch was of the belief that the story should be recorded by “someone with an affinity for art and the folk idiom, and with a deep sense of social understanding as well.” He decided on Pete Seeger (1919–2014), the legendary folksinger and activist.

The recording also includes Seeger singing six Christmas songs. The liner notes provide background about the recording and Sholem Asch, and the text of the story.

Track Listing

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The Journey to Bethlehem Pete Seeger 6:58
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The Magistrate Pete Seeger 1:56
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The Wealthy Man Pete Seeger 3:00
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The Benefactor Pete Seeger 2:36
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The Teacher Pete Seeger 3:01
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The Shepherds Pete Seeger 5:22
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The Manger Pete Seeger 9:03
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The Three Wise Men Pete Seeger 7:29
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Peace on Earth Pete Seeger 10:34
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The First Noel Pete Seeger 5:39
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Mary Had a Baby Pete Seeger 2:43
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Glory to the New Born King Pete Seeger 2:34
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What Child is This? Pete Seeger 2:18
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Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow Pete Seeger 1:38
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Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming Pete Seeger 1:55
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