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How many times did Jesus go to Bethlehem in his life?


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2011-11-13 20:50:11
2011-11-13 20:50:11
A:The Gospel of Matthew says that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the home town of Mary and Joseph, and could have spent up to two years of his life there. When King Herod sought to have Jesus killed, they fled from Bethlehem to Egypt. After Herod's death, they did begin the return journey to Bethlehem but, again being warned in a dream, turned aside and travelled to a city called Nazareth, in Galilee. After his birth, it is unlikely that Jesus ever returned to Bethlehem.

The Gospel of Luke also says that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, after Mary and Joseph travelled from their home in Nazareth for a census. A few days after the birth of Jesus, they travelled to Jerusalem and then returned to their home in Nazareth. The young family travelled to Jerusalem each year for the Passover, but seem never to have gone further to the town on Bethlehem. After his birth, it is unlikely that Jesus ever returned to Bethlehem.

None of the gospels contains any suggestion that Jesus went to Bethlehem during his adult life.

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After Jesus life and death and after He rose from the dead, many people came to believe. Today Christians are many.It became a religion because Jesus was Born in Bethlehem

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once... and it was for all his life.

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No. The gospels of Luke, John and Matthew, and the Old Testament prophesies, as well as some other secular historical texts all confirm that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, a few miles outside the city of Jerusalem in Israel/Palestine.The idea that Jesus was born 'at' Migdal Eder as if Migdal Eder was a different place, are wrong. The phrase Migdal Eder means "tower of the flock" . In ancient times this was a military tower to view into the valley on the edge of Bethlehem to protect the city.Many such towers are recorded in the Old Testament with the Bethlehem tower first mentioned in Genesis 35:21. The fact that Jacob is recorded as having moved his flock from the Tower to Bethlehem (Ephratah) means that the tower was very close to present day Bethlehem. As Bethlehem was believed to have been biger in Jesus' day, this establishes that Migdal Edar, "the tower of the flock" was actually within Bethlehem in Bible times.

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The only record that I can see of this in Scripture is when he was still in his mother's womb, and Mary and Joseph went down from Nazareth to Bethlehem to be taxed.


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