Bethlehem

Bethlehem (Bet Lehem)

(Genesis. 35:19) (Matthew 2:1) (Luke 2:1)

Bethlehem today is a Christian Arab city in Judean Hills 7 km. south of Jerusalem, where Jesus was born and thus holy to Christians the world over. There are Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Syrian Catholic and Armenian churches in the vicinity of Manger Square.

The Church of the Nativity dates from the 4th century when Queen Helena marked it as the site of Jesus’ birth.

Mentioned in Bible by several names: Ephrath, Bethlehem-ephrath, Bethlehem in Judah. It was the burial place of the matriarch Rachel (Genesis 35:19).

The Levite youth in the story of Micah’s idol came from Bethlehem (Judges 17:7 ff.).

Scene of story of Ruth. Birthplace of David, son of Jesse, and place where he ………

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Bethlehem has many Christian holy places, churches, monasteries and religious institutes.

The Church of Nativity was built upon the cave where Jesus is believed to have been born. The Church was first built in ……..

 

Main entrance to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem

Main entrance to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem

Mosaic floor in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem

Mosaic floor in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem

Looking towards Manger Square in Bethlehem

Looking towards Manger Square in Bethlehem

 

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