Marsh, an associate professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University, authored A Child is Born (CFI, 2008).
He writes unapologetically for the LDS Christmas story.
The very first page of the book put me in a foul mood when he described Jesus:
He was half mortal and half eternal (1).
I would like to share more quotes from this book later. But let me conclude with this Christmas truth:
For unto us a child is born, unto us as son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Merry Christmas to you all.
Glory to God.
So thankful for the birth of Jesus Christ.
Christ is born! Glorify Him!
“Today the Virgin gives birth to the Transcendent One,/ and the earth offers a cave to the Unapproachable One./ Angels with Shepherds glorify Him,/ the wise men journey with the star;/ since for our sake the eternal God was born as a little child” – Byzantine Rite
I think you should delete the comma after Wonderful Todd.
I agree with you both.
I think the use of “half” is unfortunate in Marsh’s writing. I would have said, “He was both mortal and eternal.”