The birthplace of Jesus has been taken for granted for some 1800+ years, as given in the Gospel of Luke. It tells us Joseph and a very pregnant Mary
had to travel more than 90 miles from their residence in Nazareth to Joseph's Judean hometown of Bethlehem to be counted in a Roman census. Apostles
agree that Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, already a city of royal origine, as King David had been born there a thousand years earlier. But
another, an ancient Bethlehem exist in Galilee only a few miles from Nazareth. It has now been excavated and a more likely birthplace have emerged.
But while Luke and Matthew describe Bethlehem in Judea as the birthplace of Jesus, "Menorah," the vast database of the Israel Antiquities Authority
(IAA), describes Bethlehem as an "ancient site" with Iron Age material and the fourth-century Church of the Nativity and associated Byzantine and
medieval buildings. But there is a complete absence of information for antiquities from the Herodian period--that is, from the time around the birth
I had never before questioned the assumption that Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea. But in the early 1990s, as an archaeologist working for the
IAA, I was contracted to perform some salvage excavations around building and infrastructure projects in a small rural community in the Galilee. When
I started work, some of the people who lived around the site told me how Jesus was really born there, not in the south. Intrigued, I researched the
archaeological evidence for Bethlehem in Judea at the time of Jesus and found nothing. This was very surprising, as Herodian remains should be the
first thing one should find. What was even more surprising is what archaeologists had already uncovered and what I was to discover over the next 11
years of excavation at the small rural site--Bethlehem of Galilee.
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That Jesus chronologically was born around the Jewish new year of the spring solstice, is an established fact among historians. The myth of 24/25th
of December was created to make it coincide with the pagan fest of the winter solstice, so there it stays.
And we can't move the birthplace. Operating since the crusades it would ruin the worlds oldest turist industry.
A Bethlehem of Galilee as birthplace of Jesus on Israeli territory and not on Palestinian soil, probably would mean nothing but more trouble to the
A MERRY CHRISTMAS anyway!
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