Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus Christ

The traditional site for the birth of Jesus is in the lower level of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.
Traditional site of the Nativity (photo courtesy of Pat Banks)


Traditional site of the Nativity in the Church of the Nativity.

Luke 2: 1-7 (NIV)  In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.  So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.  


Short video to supplement the photo above:

Manger site within the Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem

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