Does the Bible actually mention Mary riding a donkey from Nazareth to Bethlehem?
No, the Bible does not say this. However, as early as the second century, the Infancy Gospel of James, soon dismissed by the Church as unhistorical, speculated that the young couple did have a donkey.
Based on exegesis of Luke's Gospel, we can arrive at an informed view that they could not have had a donkey, in spite of Mary's pregnancy. Luke 2:24 says that they offered two doves as a sacrifice at the Jerusalem temple, instead of the usual sheep. This was a concession available to the very poorest in society, evidence that Joseph could not afford to own or hire a donkey and in keeping with his status as a village carpenter. Apart from this, anyone willing to lend a donkey would have risked the loss of a valuable asset if the young family were waylaid on this long and hazardous journey or if Joseph simply failed to return.
Mary Riding the Donkey The Bible gives very little detail on Mary & Joseph's actual trip to Bethlehem. Considering the times and the location, though, it was very likely that they would've had a donkey carrying their belongings on the trip, and Mary, who was well along in her pregnancy, would've ridden it rather than walked the entire way. In the "Infancy Gospel of James" (Protoevangellium of James), Chapter 17, are the verses, "And there was an order from the Emperor Augustus, that all in Bethlehem of Judaea should be enrolled. And Joseph said: I shall enrol my sons[....]. And he saddled the ass, and set her upon it; and his son led it, and Joseph followed." Although not in the Canon, the "Infancy Gospel of James", possibly written as early as the second century, tends to cross over between apocryphal and Canon. Many of the images it describes have been used by artists and writers through the centuries.
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about four days by donkey with steady daily travel.
Other answers from our contributors: . it never happened . The Bible doesn't tell us whether or not Mary rode on a donkey.
Sadly the poor little donkey didn't have a name. I don't think anybody named their pets back then.
As a fact we dont even know for sure wether Mary and Joseph went on a donkey, we only presume so. There is no mention what so ever of Mary having a fall on the way to Bethlahe…m.
No Joseph walked because Mary was pregnant.
By air, it's about 60 miles (96 km). Google maps suggests walking along the River Jordan via Jericho. The road today is 103 miles (166 km).
yes they are.
Luke 2:1-7 tells the story of the Birth of Christ in Bethlehem. Bethlehem was known as the City of David because it was the hometown of King David, Joseph's ancestor. Because …Caesar Augustus had demanded a census, all men had to take their families to register in their ancestral cities (this was simply how they organized the information). While they were registering in the census at Bethlehem, Jesus was born in the city of his ancestor David, whose reign as king Jesus would fulfill.
The journey from their home in Nazareth to Bethlehem was about 93 miles on foot, over rugged terrain, with a pregnant woman, so would undoubtedly have taken them several days.…
----------------------- Luke's Gospel gives the home of Mary and Joseph as Nazareth. Matthew's Gospel suggests that their home was in Bethlehem before the flight to Egypt,… but after their return to Judea, they turned aside and moved to Nazareth, out of the fear of King Herod's son.
A: Many Christians assume that Mary, being heavily pregnant, simply must have ridden on a donkey from Nazareth to Bethlehem, where Jesus was born. John Dominic Crossan ( The… Birth of Christianity ) says that village carpenters were usually among the poorest of the poor, scarcely able to afford the necessities of life. Uta Ranke-Heinemann ( Putting Away Childish Things ) says that Mary's offering of pigeons in the Temple is clear proof of how poor the couple must have been. On this evidence, it is inconceivable that Joseph and Mary could have owned a donkey or that they could have hired a donkey for the long and dangerous trip to Bethlehem.
A: Uta Ranke-Heinemann ( Putting Away Childish Things ) says that if the trip from Nazareth to Bethlehem really took place as described in Luke's Gospel, Mary and Joseph woul…d have travelled down through the Decapolis on the eastern side of the River Jordan, as this was easier and somewhat less dangerous for a Jew than attempting the mountainous journey through Samaria. The Romans would never have called a census during a major religious festival, when large numbers of Jews travelled from Galilee to Jerusalem, so most stopovers would have been empty at the time, with plenty of accommodation. According to Luke , Elisabeth's husband, Zechariah's occupation was as a priest, which meant that he lived in Jerusalem, but even if not (Luke 1:23 can be read with that meaning), he would have lived not far from Jerusalem. Passing through Jerusalem, Mary and Joseph would have stayed at the home of Elisabeth, just a few hours walk from Bethlehem. In fact, Ranke-Heinemann wonders why Joseph took his wife at such a late stage of pregnancy to Bethlehem, where they knew no one and could not even find accommodation. Another Answer : There is no Scriptural description of travelling accomodations mentioned. People in those days did not have hotel/motel bookings, food stops, etc. They travelled with all their needs with them. All that is said is that at the end of their trip, there was no room anywhere usually considered rentable space for them to rest/sleep. So they stayed in the enclosed area adjoined to living quarters, where livestock usually bedded down for the night. Recent archaeology has proven this type of housing. Concerning the time the Romans would have called an Empire-wide Census, they would not have been concerned with the local people's religious events - as there were many diverse beliefs throughout the Empire. Their only concern would have been the weather and they would not conduct a Census in the Winter seasons. Two good historical sources for this event are from the 'Chronicles of John Malalas, translated by Matthew Spinka (University of Chicago Press, 1940). Malalas was a historian from Antioch, Syria circa 491-578 A.D.. Also, Suidas, another reliable author, etal, have added information about Augustus' decree proving the Census was conducted in Palestine in 4 B.C.. Also, a great article is in Unger's Bible Dictionary under "Chronology").
In New Testament
A: The journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem occurs only in Luke's Gospel, which says that Joseph was required to be in Bethlehem for a census. Nowhere doe the Gospel say that M…ary rode on a donkey or ass, but this tradition arose in later centuries because of the obvious inability of a heavily pregnant young woman to walk all this way, in difficult terrain. One of the difficulties of this tradition is that Luke portrays the young couple as so poor that they only sacrificed two pigeons in the Temple, a privilege permitted only for the very poorest in society. Poor people would not have owned a donkey and could not have hired one for such a long and dangerous journey, with the risk that they would never return with the donkey.
What scripture in the king James bible tells how many miles Joseph and Mary traveled from nazareth to Bethlehem?
The Scripture is silent as to the route taken, mode of transportation - walking, donkey or caravan for safety as 1 in 12 people were travelling for the Census, timeline of Mar…y's pregnancy (could of been 3 mos or further along but definetly not near delivery time for health reasons). The distance is the same today, about 80 miles and would take between 4-10 days.
In New Testament
The journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem occurs only in Luke'sGospel, which says that Joseph was required to be in Bethlehem fora census. We find Mary and Joseph travel from Naz…areth toBethlehem, where Jesus was born, but the gospel makes no mention ofMary riding anything. Because of the apparent impossibility of aheavily pregnant young woman walking all the way, it has becomewidely assumed that she must have ridden a donkey. However, Lukealso makes their poverty clear, for example in having themsacrifice two pigeons at the Temple, a small sacrifice permittedonly for the very poor. A poor village carpenter would certainlynot have owned a donkey, and no one with the means to own a donkeywould have lent them such an important asset for such a long andperilous journey, from which they might not return. Matthew's Gospel is no help, since this account says that Bethlehemwas the home town of Mary and Joseph and they therefore had no needto travel there. After the birth of Jesus, they did travel to Egyptand years later begin a return journey to Bethlehem, although beingwarned in a dream of further dangers they turned aside andtravelled to Galilee, where they settled in a city called Nazareth.In this case, it is quite credible that Mary rode a donkey both toEgypt and on the return, since they were now rich, having receivedgifts of Gold, frankincense and myrrh from the wise men. Another Answer: She rode a donkey to Jerusalem with Joseph. Upon gettingthere, they realised there was no spare rooms no matter where theylooked. Finally an innkeeper offered them a place in his managerand so having accepted his offer Mary gave birth to baby Jesus in amanager. donkey
In New Testament
You don't. There are four accounts of the life of Jesus in the Bible,collectively called the Gospels. The Gospel of Matthew gives Jesus' lineage, briefly discussesJoseph's s…truggle with the concept, and then about all it has tosay about the actual birth is "After Jesus was born inBethlehem..." The Gospel of Mark pretty much starts with Jesus being baptised ataround age 30. The Gospel of Luke is the one with the all the familiar detailsabout the angels and the shepherds and the manger (though the Magicome from the account in Matthew). It just says "Joseph went up[...] to Bethlehem [...] with Mary," it doesn't mention how theywent, or say anything in particular about a donkey. The Gospel of John starts before the creation of the Earth ("In thebeginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word wasGod"), but skips ahead really fast to, again, Jesus'baptism. So, nope, no riding on donkeys there. It's certainly plausible , of course.