Celebrating Christ: Where was Jesus born?

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In this nativity scene by Giotto, Jesus is placed in a manger, underneath a roofed structure set into a rocky outcrop.

The Christian gospels of Luke and Matthew have long described how Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem in Judea. However, we have no way of really knowing whether he was born in a house, inn, stable or cave? Where does all the confusion stem from? How do we come to an agreement, as to what really happened?

If we refer back to the gospels for clues, Luke 2:7 asserts that Mary “laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn.” It is interesting how generations have chosen to interpret this line. For instance, is it logical to assume that a manger would be found in a stable or barn? When I was young I was told stories about how Mary and…

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