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Where was Jesus Born??.....
09-12-2011, 06:25 AM
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Where was Jesus Born??.....
JESUS’ NATIVITY—Where Was Jesus Born? (And When?)

There’s something you should know about Christmas. The Christmas carols, we’re afraid, might have it wrong: Jesus, many New Testament scholars believe, was not born in Bethlehem but Nazareth.

Once we begin to examine the gospel stories carefully, we find that the answer to this simple question is not so, well, simple. Passages in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke that describe Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem have been seamlessly woven together in modern-day Christmas pageants, but the Gospels of Mark and John leave the reader with the distinct impression that Jesus was born not in Bethlehem after all, but in Nazareth.

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10-07-2011, 09:32 AM
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(09-12-2011 06:25 AM)Martinuk Wrote:  JESUS’ NATIVITY—Where Was Jesus Born? (And When?)

There’s something you should know about Christmas. The Christmas carols, we’re afraid, might have it wrong: Jesus, many New Testament scholars believe, was not born in Bethlehem but Nazareth.

Once we begin to examine the gospel stories carefully, we find that the answer to this simple question is not so, well, simple. Passages in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke that describe Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem have been seamlessly woven together in modern-day Christmas pageants, but the Gospels of Mark and John leave the reader with the distinct impression that Jesus was born not in Bethlehem after all, but in Nazareth.

http://www.bib-arch.org/online-exclusive...ity-01.asp

It is commonly believed that if Jesus was not born in Nazareth then he would not have been the Christ. Personally I chalk the confusion that comes from that to stem from the fact that song writers don't have to be Biblical scholars to write a song about Biblical events.
Same thing goes with the common depiction of Jesus with the manger. It's usually depicted as a barn or something similar, when it would actually have been more likely a cave.

As for the when it is accepted to be 1 a.d. (1 c.e.) because the calander's start point is the Birthday of Jesus (and the c.e. version is the a.d. version under an assumed name)
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