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The Nativity: Who is there at the birth of Jesus?

Without looking in the Bible. Who do you remember to be at the birth of Jesus OTHER than Joseph and Mary?

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Asked by Anonymous at 8:39 PM on Dec. 21, 2008 in Religion & Beliefs

Answers (11)
  • The animals.

    Answer by EireLass at 8:43 PM on Dec. 21, 2008

  • As I remember, it was just the two + various animals, yes?

    Answer by Wimsey at 8:44 PM on Dec. 21, 2008

  • animals

    Answer by bonn777 at 8:49 PM on Dec. 21, 2008

  • i don't think there's any scriptural support for anyone other than the family, and whatever animals happened to be in the barn-like structure. we like to lump everything else into the picture to show the full story; different scriptures tell of various events surrounding the birth, but not necessarily that all those people were witnesses. the 'extras' inmost nativities simply represent the other characters that scripture mentions. having said that, i've often wondered why there isn't a king herod put off to the side of the creche, with a scowl on his face, of course. lol

    Answer by thehairnazi at 8:50 PM on Dec. 21, 2008

  • We totally need to make a King Herod doll......

    That makes me happy....

    Answer by Wimsey at 9:03 PM on Dec. 21, 2008

  • The animals.....the shepherds didn't come in until after the birth, and the wise men were later and they came to a house not a stabel

    Answer by ColleenF30 at 9:40 PM on Dec. 21, 2008

  • Just the animals as far as I know.

    Answer by ReneeK3 at 9:52 PM on Dec. 21, 2008

  • The Bible doesn't state that anyone was in the stable...(cave type dwelling for our barns). Animals as for as we know. The shepherds came first to visit...Then some later the Wise Men (The Magi). Then Joseph and Mary went later to present Jesus to Simeon and Anna at the Temple.

    Answer by heavenschild99 at 1:15 AM on Dec. 22, 2008

  • The Bible doesn't mention any other person at the time of birth. She was in a stable and she laid Him in a manger. We don't even read about animals looking on.

    Answer by grannywilson at 2:44 AM on Dec. 22, 2008

  • As far as we know, it was only Mary and Joseph at the actual birth, although some historians have speculated that there may have been a midwife (the innkeeper's wife, perhaps). In those days, the husband was seldom if ever present during a birth, and usually a woman was called in to assist with the birth. We know that it was crowded in the village, so it is possible that when Mary went into labor, Joseph found a woman from the village to assist her. Of course, we know absolutely nothing about the labor and birth itself, so there is really no way of knowing. This speculation about a midwife was based on historical customs of the time.

    Answer by 4boysmom32 at 10:08 AM on Dec. 22, 2008

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