(ORDO NEWS) — According to scripture, Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, which is 150 kilometers from Nazareth. However, according to archaeologist Aviram Oshri of the Israel Antiquities Authority, the Savior was born elsewhere – in the small village of Bethlehem in the Galilee region, 7 km from Nazareth.
The village was inhabited by Jews. This is confirmed by numerous stone vessels that were used exclusively by the Jewish people and only during the life of Jesus. Archaeological evidence also indicates that about two centuries after the birth of Jesus, the community converted to the Christian faith and built a large church.
It makes more sense that from Nazareth the pregnant Virgin Mary went to the village, which was 7 kilometers away, and not 150. There is evidence that Bethlehem of Judea, mentioned in the Bible, was not even inhabited in the first century.
The second Bethlehem began to be studied only in the 4th century, when, thanks to Emperor Constantine, Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire. The Old Testament says that Bethlehem in Galilee was the city of David, in which the Messiah was to be born. It is reasonable to assume that this is what happened.
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