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Why did God choose Bethlehem for his son to be born?

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Asked by 35yoamom at 7:33 AM on Oct. 4, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Bethlehem was not Jesus’ birthplace but was imported from Hebrew prophecies about the future Messiah; the Star had similar origins (Numbers 24:17). Matthew’s story is a construction from well-known messianic prophecies (Bethlehem; the Star), and the Wise Men (Magi) have been added as another legend.” “Where the truth had been lost, stories filled the gap, and the desire to know fabricated its own tradition.

    Answer by IhartU at 7:41 AM on Oct. 4, 2010

  • According to Luke’s own genealogy (3:23-38) David had lived 42 generations earlier. Why should everyone have had to register for a census in the town of one of his ancestors forty-two generations earlier? There would be millions of ancestors by that time, and the whole empire would have been uprooted. If it was just required of the lineage of King David to register for the census, what was Augustus thinking when he ordered it? He had a King, Herod. Under no circumstances could the reason for Joseph’s journey be, as Luke says, that he was ‘of the house and lineage of David,’ because that was of no interest to the Romans in this context.

    The fact is, even if there was a worldwide Roman census that included Galilee at this specific time, there is evidence that Census takers taxed people based upon the land they owned, so they traveled to where people lived.


    Answer by IhartU at 7:42 AM on Oct. 4, 2010

  • Cuz the Big Apple didn't exist yet?

    and its where the authors of the Bible were from and knew that area to talk about best.

    Kinda like why all the comic book superheroes are from NYC, cuz thats where the writers are from and know the most about.

    Answer by Zoeyis at 7:52 AM on Oct. 4, 2010

  • Only Matthew and Luke mention the virgin birth narrative and both were trying to "fit" this story to the verse in Micah 5:2. Matthew even misquotes this verse in Matt. 2:6. Mark and John don't mention his birth at all. Even the census was concocted out of thin air. The purpose of a Roman census was for taxation and they would only have been interested in where the people lived and worked...NOT where they were born. Throughout the gospel narratives he is referred to as Jesus of Nazareth, indicating that this is where he was actually born. Only Matthew has Mary, Joseph and Jesus fleeing to Egypt to escape the slaughter of the innocents. Luke doesn't mention it. So the facts probably are, he WASN'T born in Bethlehem. If he existed at all.

    Answer by witchqueen at 12:16 PM on Oct. 4, 2010

  • It really blows my mind how some choose to try to debunk the birth place of Jesus.... and tried So hard to do so and convince us. For me personally.. it will never happen :-)
    1st of all the gospels are stories from different perspectives... just because the birth wasnt mentioned in 2 of the 4 does not mean it never happened. 2ndly .. it was prophesied that Jesus was going to be born in Bethlehem. He was born there but not raised there. He was raised in the city of Nazareth which is why the phrase Jesus of Nazareth.
    Ihartu: smiles.. I ran across the website where you copied and pasted your info from .... a blog and the guy doesnt even back up his information very well. :-)
    There is a confusion on which Bethlehem... because He was a Galilean there was a village of Bethlehem in Galilee rather than Judea. For me this is not important. What is most important to me is His death on the Cross and the message of the Cross.

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 1:15 PM on Oct. 4, 2010

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