Tuesday, October 19

How the various gospels relate the circumstances of Christ’s birth

  • Rodolfo Galvan Estrada
  • The Conversation*


Was Jesus Really Born in Bethlehem?

Every Christmas, a relatively small town in the West Bank becomes the center of attention: Bethlehem.

And it is that according to biblical sources, Jesus was born there two millennia ago.

But the New Testament gospels do not agree on the details of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem. Some don’t even mention Bethlehem or the birth of Jesus.

The different perspectives of the gospels may be difficult to reconcile. But as a New Testament scholar, I argue that the gospels offer important Greco-Roman insights into ethnic identity and genealogy.


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