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Does the Bible actually mention Mary riding a donkey from Nazareth to Bethlehem?

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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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== == 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 gospels talk of Mary and Joseph going on two long journeys around the time Jesus was born.In Luke's Gospel, they travelled from Nazareth to Bethlehem just before Jesus was born, and then returned the same way to Nazareth forty days after his birth. On the other hand, Matthew's Gospel tells us that Bethlehem was already their home town, but that they fled from Bethlehem to Egypt shortly after the birth of Jesus.Because neither of these journeys seems possible for Mary without some form of transport, it has long been assumed that there must have been a donkey for Mary to ride on. Neither gospel mentions a donkey and therefore we can not know the donkey's name.We are told that Joseph was a poor village carpenter, so he certainly could not afford to own a donkey or even to hire one for a long and dangerous journey. The alternative is that neither Luke's journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem and back, nor Matthew's journey from Bethlehem to Egypt really took place. That is the view of most New Testament scholars.


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. We find Mary and Joseph travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem, where Jesus was born, but the gospel makes no mention of Mary riding anything. Because 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.Another Answer:She rode a donkey to Jerusalem with Joseph. Upon getting there, they realised there was no spare rooms no matter where they looked. Finally an innkeeper offered them a place in his manager and so having accepted his offer Mary gave birth to baby Jesus in a manager.donkey


They took one donkey for Mary to rest upon. .................................. There is no mention that Mary and Joseph had a donkey in any of the Gospels, or elsewhere in Scripture. One can assume that they walked, but the bottom line is that no one can be sure what their mode of travel might have been.


There are no authoritative sources that state that the donkey had a name, and if it did, what that name was.


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.


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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 Mary 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.


There is no mention of a donkey, and the couple are portrayed as so poor that they were allowed to sacrifice a pair of pigeons in the temple, instead of the usual lamb. Being so very poor, they could not possibly have owned a donkey, so both must have walked.


Probably. There's nothing to suggest it didn't.


Sadly the poor little donkey didn't have a name. I don't think anybody named their pets back then.


A Bethlehem donkey developed a black stripe down its back and one across its front shoulders creating a cross. These donkys only developed this after carrying Mary to Bethehem to give birth to Jesus Christ. This is a proven fact. WTB


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