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Re: The King In The Manger
« on: December 20, 2019, 12:50:15 pm »
Luke 2:1-2 . . In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.)

The historical accuracy of this particular census has been contested by some of  the Bible's critics. However, there is an explanation that they apparently either missed or just simply chosen to ignore. But the explanation is a bit complicated so I'm going to skip it so we can keep moving.

Luke 2:2-4 . . And everyone went to his own town to register. So Joseph also; went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.

It's one thing to belong to a house and quite another to belong to a line.  The one is legal whereas the other is biological.

For example: Jesus belonged to Solomon's house, but he didn't belong to Solomon's line. Another example is Obed (Ruth 4:16, Matt 1:5, and Luke 3:32). He belonged to Mahlon's house but Obed didn't belong to Mahlon's line. (Ruth 4:9)

It's odd the language says that Joseph went "up" because Bethlehem is to the south of Nazareth, down past Jerusalem. But seeing as how Bethlehem is roughly 1,405 feet higher above sea level than Nazareth, "up" seems appropriate.

The journey is roughly 68 miles as the crow flies, but was possibly at least 80 on the ground back then. Plus, there were no paved roads in that day, nor any diesel-powered earth moving equipment, so you'd have to expect that the roads were tolerable but not all that great; and if perchance it had been raining, the roads would be even worse.

Luke 2:5 . . He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him

Artist typically portray Joseph and Mary traveling together with her mounted on a donkey. I seriously doubt it. She was carrying a term baby so was more likely in a wagon or some sort of cart; and padded too.

We can't really be sure that the couple traveled all alone on the road like sad little immigrants. Everyone in Joseph's home related to David would've been required to go to Bethlehem too, and quite likely they all journeyed together.

At the time, Joseph and Mary were engaged but not yet married. So she couldn't register with Joseph as man and wife. In other words, Mary went to Bethlehem to register for herself; which doesn't necessarily prove she was related to David seeing as how Bethlehem was no doubt the ancestral home of quite a few other families in Israel besides David's.
« Last Edit: December 20, 2019, 01:23:17 pm by Olde Tymer »


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