A Visit to Bethlehem (Christmas History 14)

Windows into History

nativity churchMy Journey to Jerusalem, by Rev. Nathan Hubbell, was published in 1890.  The author shares his thoughts on Bethlehem, and the celebration of Christmas in general, and includes to quotes from poetry.  The first is from The Misletoe Bough, by Sir Henry Bishop, and the second is from Christmas, by Susan Coolidge.

After the return of our company we made a brief visit to Bethlehem. All the “sights” were seen, including the Church of the Nativity, the manger, and the various parts of the building, and near by the field where Ruth, the Moabitess, gleaned the fields of her kinsman Boaz, whom she subsequently married, and where in later centuries the angels appeared to the startled and sturdy shepherds as they announced the birth of Jesus. Our drive from Jerusalem to the ancient city was replete with interest, passing Rachel’s tomb and other noted localities on the…

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