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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.
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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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The bible clearly states that there is only one god, and we must pray to him only. and it never says in the K.J.V bible to pray to Mary. Additional Information: As was mentio…ned, the Bible says there is only one God, and He alone is called the 'hearer of prayer' (Psalm 62:2) (Matthew 6:9), but at this point we, as imperfect people, can only approach him through a 'mediator' (a 'go-between'). During the days of Israel's covenant with God, Moses was the mediator (Galatians 3:19). Years later, when the Mosaic Law was ended, Christ became the 'mediator' of the NEW covenant with the Christian Congregation and now "there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus..."(1 Timothy 2:5) KJV (John 14:6)"...Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me..."NIV The Bible indicates that there IS only ONE God, and we need to pray only to Him, but through Jesus' name.
This is a reference to the Nativity story in Luke's Gospel, since in Matthew's Gospel, Mary and Joseph lived in Bethlehem and had probably never been to Nazareth. Luke 2:22… says that when the days of purification for Mary were completed, after the birth of Jesus, they took Jesus to Jerusalem to present him at the Temple, then 2:39 says that when they had accomplished these things they returned home to Nazareth. They would probably have begun their journey forty days after the birth of Jesus.
about four days by donkey with steady daily travel.
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).
Mary Magdaline, the poor woman whose name has forever become associated with being a prostitute due to botched mis-translations and deliberate obfuscation. Her real name was… 'Migdala' with an 'i' which meant 'of the tower' and referred to an important trading community along the shores of Galilee which had a tower. Her name was NOT 'Magdala' with an 'a' which was a local red-light district. Nor did Jesus 'cast out seven sins.' The correct modern translation should read 'Jesus cast out seven sicknesses.' In other words, Jesus healed her, the same as everybody else he helped, not travelled down to the red-light district in town to find some random prostitute and perform an exorcism on her. She was likely the daughter of an important person who hosted Jesus's ministry when he travelled there. As hostess, attending to Jesus's comfort (washing the feet of a weary traveller who'd travel a long distance on foot) would have been customary. Mary of the Tower became a 'tower' in Jesus's early ministry. One who became inconveniently outspoken after Jesus died. The church re-wrote history to reduce her importance. She may or may not have been Jesus's wife as some believe, but she was most certainly -no- prostitute.
Answer Mary and Joseph walked 120 miles
Answer . The first time she is mentioned in the Bible is in Luke 8:3..
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 does the Gospel say that Ma…ry rode there, but the tradition that she rode a donkey 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.
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 Bir…th 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: It is in Luke's Gospel that we find Mary and Joseph travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem, where Jesus was born, but the gospel makes no mention of Mary riding anything. Becaus…e of the apparent impossibility of a heavily pregnant young woman walking all the way, it has become widely assumed that she must have ridden a donkey. However, Luke also makes their poverty clear, for example in having them sacrifice two pigeons at the Temple, a small sacrifice permitted only for the very poor. A poor village carpenter would certainly not have owned a donkey, and no one with the means to own a donkey would have lent them such an important asset for such a long and perilous journey, from which they might not return. Matthew's Gospel is no help, since this account says that Bethlehem was the home town of Mary and Joseph and they therefore had no need to travel there. After the birth of Jesus, they did travel to Egypt and years later begin a return journey to Bethlehem, although being warned in a dream of further dangers they turned aside and travelled to Galilee, where they settled in a city called Nazareth. In this case, it is quite credible that Mary rode a donkey both to Egypt and on the return, since they were now rich, having received gifts of Gold, frankincense and myrrh from the wise men.
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.…
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 would ha…ve 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 The Bible
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 Mar…y 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.
In the King James version the word - donkey - does not appear at all. the word - ass - appears 86 times the word - ass's - appears 4 times the word - asses - app…ears 64 times
In The Bible
A: In Luke's Gospel at chapter 10, Martha and Mary are sisters and friends of Jesus, but are not related to Lazarus, who is mentioned only in a parable about resurrection. Th…ey live in a small village. In John's Gospel at chapter 11, Martha and Mary are sisters and friends of Jesus, and Lazarus is their brother whom Jesus resurrected after more than three days. They live in the town of Bethany.
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.