The wrong Bethlehem? Real Jesus birthplace found, archaeologists suggest

By on Dec 26, 2012 in Archaelogy, Asia, Lifestyle, Science Comments

What if tons of tourists, especially Christians, feel if all the while, it will be proven that they have been visiting the wrong Bethlehem? Well, this is what a group of Israeli archaeologists seem to be suggesting, noting that they could have possibly dug the real place where Mary gave birth to Jesus.

Church of the Nativity Bethlehem

A woman, lighting a candle inside the Church
of the Nativity in Bethlehem

Image Credit: AP

According to a report at The Australian this Monday, December 24, 2012, a day before Christmas Day, Aviram Oshri, an Israeli archaeologist who works with the Israel Antiquities Authority and among those who have dug the place of what could be the real birthplace of Jesus Christ, explained their discovery.

“I think the genuine site of the Nativity is here, rather than the well-known site near Jerusalem. Bethlehem in the Galilee was inhabited by Jews at the time of Jesus, whereas the other Bethlehem? There is no evidence that it was a living site, an inhabited area in the first century,” Oshri was quoted as saying.

“It was inhabited by Jews. I know it was Jews because we found here remnants of an industry of stone vessels, and it was used only by Jews and only in the period of Jesus,” Oshri added, referring to the Bethlehem of the Galilee, where they spend ten years of digging, and is around 100 miles from from the “wrong Bethlehem.”

“It makes much more sense that Mary rode on a donkey, while she was at the end of the pregnancy, from Nazareth to Bethlehem of Galilee which is only 7 kilometers rather then the other Bethlehem which is 150 kilometers,” Oshri explains further.

And although the Israeli archaeologists have not found any evidence proving that Jesus Christ was born in the ‘correct Bethlehem,’ Oshri emphasized that they could have probably been destroyed by modern building work, noting that he will understand if Christians will not believe in his findings.



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